Why Germany and Italy fit together quite well – economy

Right-wing populists govern in Rome – so what? A coffee entrepreneur, an oil manager and a fashion impresario explain what they expect from Germany and Europe. And why they get along quite well without the government in Rome.


Thomas Fromm, Berlin

That’s the thing with Italy and Germany. You meet several times a year, sometimes in summer on the beach of Cesenatico, then again in winter on the Seiser Alm, the Alpe di Siusi, and then finally again while strolling at the construction machinery fair in Munich. Germans know all about espresso air pressure and how al dente their fusilli are cooked (or at least they think they know everything), while Italians tend to find Audi and BMW limousines better than their own Torino cars.

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