He added that with France now losing its onetime status, Italy could wind up as a German yes-man.
“Germany is suppressing weak economies and Italy is first in line,” Giulio Sapelli said.
As for Italy’s possible exit from the eurozone and the EU in the wake of Brexit, he said that Rome now has a good chance to have its voice better heard in Brussels.
“There are no prerequisites for Italexit now. Even if the Italians say ‘no’ to a proposed constitutional reform in the upcoming referendum, the country will not be plunged into political chaos, like some experts warn. There will be a new government, [Prime Minister Matteo] Renzi will make way for the Five Stars movement, which is backed by the US and Israel.
“In any case Italy is unwilling to break away from the EU. Renzi’s political enemies – the Northern League and the Five Stars – are likewise willing to stay,” Professor Capelli said in conclusion.