“The Political Rollercoaster of Italian-French Relations”, Jean Pierre Darnis (IAI, Italy)

Jean Pierre Darnis, The Political Rollercoaster of Italian-French Relations, IAI Commentaries, 19:14, IAI, February 2019

The French government’s decision on 7 February to recall its ambassador from Rome was the last and most dramatic episode in the growing tensions between France and Italy. The diplomatic crisis has been fuelled by differences over a number of bilateral European dossiers with a mixture of internal and external policy motivations.

The two countries have an intense and problematic history. Since the French revolution and Napoleon’s campaign in Italy in the late 18th century, bilateral relations have witnessed many ups and downs. […]

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