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, Italy was Europe’s worst-hit country in the pandemic and the first to go into lockdown. Brussels refused to grant Rome’s requests for medical supplies or economic aid unless the Italian Government surrendered functions to the bloc.
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.
George Soros warned Italy 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.
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Giuseppe Conte, Italy's PM, waves to the crowds (Image: GETTY)