The United States is calling on Italians to vote yes in the referendum. The statement, worthy of the Cold War era, would be a gross interference of a foreign power and ally if it weren’t so ridiculous, even just the idea of it. It’s also counterproductive.
The gaffe came from John Phillips, the U.S. ambassador in Rome, during a meeting on transatlantic relations organized by the American Studies Center. The “no” to the referendum, he said with great candor, “would be a step back for foreign investments in Italy.”
So Uncle Tom, engrossed in the stunning Hillary-Trump race, also has time to cheer Renzi?
What is certain is that they control the rating agencies (most recently, on Tuesday, Fitch managers spoke of “negative shock to the economy” if the referendum fails) and international investors, informed the ambassador.