Italy opposes granting Germany a permanent seat at the United Nations

Amman, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday accused France and Germany of using empty pro-European rhetoric while pursuing their national interests on areas from immigration to industry and international diplomacy.

In a hard-hitting interview in daily Corriere della Sera, Conte said Italy was no longer prepared to be treated as a “poor relation” while the EU’s largest states tried to increase their power and influence at the expense of real European integration.

“They are only thinking of their national interests,” Conte said, taking particular offence at a bilateral treaty signed this week in Aachen which committed to supporting Germany’s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, Reuters reported.

Source: Jordan News Agency