October 12, 2018 / 4:03 PM / in 2 months

Deputy PM Salvini says Juncker should stop insulting Italy

FILE PHOTO: Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini talks to journalists after a G6 meeting of the Interior Ministers, the European Commissioner for Security and the European Commissioner for Migration to discuss security and anti-terror issues at the Groupama Stadium in Decines near Lyon, France, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini took aim once again on Friday at European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, saying he should stop insulting Italy as tensions rose over the government’s deficit-hiking budget.

Earlier, Juncker had said Rome was not keeping its word on budget deficit commitments and also called on Italian leaders to stop describing EU commissioners as “cold, bunkerised monsters”.

Salvini responded hours later: “Think of your tax haven Luxembourg and stop insulting the Italians and their legitimate government,” he said in a statement.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer

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