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GEORGE SOROS, the staunchly pro-European billionaire, has warned the EU could collapse if the Italians decide to leave the bloc in protest over the way they were treated during the coronavirus pandemic. Do you think Italexit will lead to the end of the EU? Vote in our Express.co.uk pol below.

PUBLISHED: 10:28, Sun, May 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:39, Sun, May 24, 2020

The hedge fund veteran’s admission comes as discontent appears to be growing among Italians as their country slowly emerges from the lockdown. Initially, was Europe’s worst-hit country in the pandemic and the first to go into lockdown. Brussels refused to grant ’s requests for medical supplies or economic aid unless the Italian Government surrendered functions to the bloc.

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The complete lack of solidarity among member states in one of its most testing hours has left a sour taste in the mouths of many Italian voters.

In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Mr Soros, 89, warned the plummeting support for the bloc in what was once a country with strong pro-European views could have devastating consequences for the EU.

He said: “I am particularly concerned about . What would be left of Europe without ? used to be the most pro-European country.

GEORGE SOROSGeorge Soros warned could leave the EU over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic (Image: GETTY)

“Italians trusted Europe more than their own governments, and with good reason.

“But they were badly treated during the refugee crisis of 2015.”

The chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC said dissatisfaction with the EU had been simmering beneath the surface for the past five years due to the migrant crisis.

READ MORE: Farage and Soros warn will follow UK with Italexit

italy news coronavirus lockdownGiuseppe Conte, 's PM, waves to the crowds (Image: GETTY)

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