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German Populist Leader Tells Breitbart: Leaving the Euro Is Italian Crisis Solution

Italian far-right party Lega Nord's (Northern League) supporters hold a banner reading 'Salvini Prime Minister' as they take part in a campaign rally in downtown Milan on February 24, 2018 a week ahead of the Italy's general election. Italy stepped up security for mass demonstrations by far-right and anti-fascist groups …
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BERLIN, Germany: Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader  Alexander Gauland told Breitbart London that Italy’s solution to the ongoing political crisis is to leave the euro.

On Monday, Italian President Sergio Mattarella stopped the appointment of eurosceptic economist Paolo Savona, supported by the populist coalition of La Lega and the Five Star Movement (M5S) and ultimately denied the populists the opportunity to form a government earlier this week.

According to Mr. Gauland, the main issue in Italy is not the overreach of the European Union, but the euro currency.

“The, problem of Italy is that it is a totally different economy. They have a totally different economic culture that’s totally different from Germany and the Netherlands and Belgium and the northern countries,” he said.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 27: Alexander Gauland of the right-wing AfD Alternative for Germany political party speaks after the demonstration titled 'Future Germany' on May 27, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The AfD, which is Germany's biggest opposition party, has made anti-immigration policy and rants against Muslims central to its party platform, sponsored the demonstration and called for 10,000 people to attend. Meanwhile a variety of groups held counter protests. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY – MAY 27: Alexander Gauland of the right-wing AfD Alternative for Germany political party speaks after the demonstration titled ‘Future Germany’ on May 27, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

“You can’t have a common currency without a common economic policy, and we don’t want a common economic policy because it’s a problem of culture. The Italians, like the French, always had inflation while we in Germany have only had inflation after the First and Second World War,” he added.

Gauland noted that only by ditching the euro could Italy once again become a competitive market saying: “So you have to leave the European currency, then Italy is free to lower prices, to be more competitive.

“I know that before the euro was founded you went to Italy and you had to pay less than 100 lira for a twin bedroom, next year lets say you had to pay 150, but the value in German marks was the same.”

“So, it’s a problem of competitiveness of the Italian economy; but with the euro, you can’t be competitive. Italy and Greece, also France has a similar problem,” he told Breitbart London.

With the appointment of a pro-EU interim government under new Italian Prime Minister Carlo Cottarelli, fresh elections are expected later in the year. Some have suggested the possibility of La Lega and the Five Star Movement running as a coalition as many predict they would win in a landslide according to current polling.

 Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or email at ctomlinson(at)breitbart.com 

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