A cover divided in half: at the top two people in work clothes, a manager and a worker; below two others who rest at the bar and by the pool. At the center a title: “No extra money for Southern Europe”. So the Dutch weekly Elsevier weekbland
has decided to represent the ongoing conflict in the European Union on aid to overcome the economic crisis. The magazine, one of the most popular in the Netherlands with a circulation of 68 thousand copies, has thus sided against the 500 billion recovery fund proposed by Merkel and Macron: “The facts show that this is perverse”, we read. According to the weekly “the facts show that the countries of southern Europe are not poor at all and have enough money or access to money. They can also easily improve the earning power of their economies, with reforms such as those already implemented in the North. ”
The cover has sparked many controversies in Italy. “It spreads hatred and prejudice against the countries of the South,” said M5S MEP Ignazio Corrao. “The image of the Nordic worker and the southern holidaymaker is a bad cliché and also denotes a poor knowledge of our habits. That cover looks rather like the caricature of a Dutch maid on vacation in Spain, Italy, Greece or Portugal, ”continues the grillino. According to Corrao, “the European Commission’s plan on the Recovery Fund, although not perfect, represents a decisive step forward in the direction of a more supportive and just Europe. L’Hollandrather, he has no title to give lessons given that he does not give up the game of tax haven that cares about all the others and that he takes advantage of the single market and European trade routes at his own convenience “.
The leader of the Brothers of Italy also intervened to condemn the Dutch Giorgia Meloni: “It is repulsive,” he wrote on Facebook. “We do not accept lessons from these gentlemen. Fratelli d’Italia asks Minister Di Maio to summon the Dutch ambassador to Rome today and demand an immediate apology. And we await the condemnation of all the Italian political forces, starting with those who blather about Europeanism and in Europe are allies of Prime Minister Rutte “.
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