Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday the European Commission`s unprecedented rejection of Italy`s budget was fully expected and called for the EU executive to have "respect" for Italians and their government.
"This is the first Italian budget that the EU doesn`t like. I am not surprised. This is the first Italian budget that was written in Rome and not in Brussels," Di Maio said on Facebook.
Separately, a spokeswoman for the economy ministry in Rome defended the government`s expansionary budget and said Italy stuck by its position that the only way to cut the country`s public debt was by boosting economic growth.
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