Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Pier Carlo Padoan adresses journalists during an Eurogroup meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 9, 2016. / AFP / JOHN THYS
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Italy's economy minister said Sunday the European Union must choose between allowing Rome to raise its deficit to cope with a recent earthquake and the migrant crisis, or the "Hungarian way" of putting up barriers, which he said would spell doom for the bloc.The Italian government has been stepping up an anti-Brussels rhetoric after unveiling an expansionary 2017 budget plan last week ahead of a referendum on constitutional reform that may decide Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's political future.Renzi was even more defiant Friday, saying he will not be swayed by the EU and will not change the budget law.
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