Friday, 14 March 2014

Italians who don’t like the euro

"One Italian in three wants the lira back", writes L'Espresso, which dedicates its cover story to a Demopolis poll on the Italian's attitude towards the single currency.

Under the headline mentioning "those who say NO to the Euro", the newsmagazine explains that, for 58 per cent of the interviewed people, the switch from the lira to the euro was "negative" (37 per cent believe it was "positive" and 5 per cent don't know).

However, only 33 per cent of the people believe Italy should leave the Eurozone, while 67 per cent believe the opposite. Most worrying, the former soared from 12 per cent in 2008 to the present figure. "Exiters" are more prone to vote for conservative and populist parties than left-wingers ones.

More than one Italian in two believe that "the EU, with its austerity policies, is protecting the big economic powers, the markets and the financial interests more than the citizens themselves".

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