ITALIAN Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte sent a stern warning to the European Commission vowing to safeguard Italy's economic interests against European ones in order to tackle the huge debt faced by his country.
Speaking at a press conference in Rome before the summer recess, the Italian Prime Minister vowed his government will be "very serious" in its demands to Brussels.
Mr Conte claimed Brussels has already been warned of some of the red lines in his economic plan aimed at tackling Italy's debt.
In July, the country’s horrendous €2.1 trillion debt has risen by 1.6 points, making it the third highest debt-ridden state after Belgium, which has shown a 2.9 point increase, and Greece, up 1.8 points, according to figures from Eurostat.
The Italian eurosceptic coalition leader said he would put Italy's economic interests above Brussels'.
He told reporters: “When it comes to our relationship with the European Commission we will present ourselves with our heads held high.
“You should bear in mind that so far in all our meetings with our European partners and the EU institutions I never asked for any favours.
“We have already spoken about economic issues and we have already put forward some of the red lines in our economic plan.