Italy’s wealthy north to demand more power from Rome in referendums
Northern Italians are not happy anymore to subsidize their southern citizens. Read the link. Now consider Ethiopia.
On top of what President Lema Megersa said regarding investors avoiding paying tax to Oromia, Federal government controlled by TPLF get unfair tax money from Oromia.
And Oromia is literally bankrolling poor states such as Somali and Afar, and to less extent Gambella and Benishangul. Although it is not a problem now because much of the budget is received from financial aid from foreign governments anyway, it will definitely be an issue in the future.
(Euractiv) -Italy’s wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, controlled by the right-wing Northern League, will hold referendums in October to try to obtain greater autonomy from the central government, Lombardy’s president said yesterday (20 April)
The result of the ballots will not be binding but a victory could strengthen the League and raise the profile of the popular governor of Veneto, Luca Zaia, widely seen as a potential leader of Italy’s centre-right.
“The referendums will be in October,” Lombardy President Roberto Maroni told reporters in Milan, saying the date would be announced later this week.
Italy’s Constitutional Court threw out Zaia’s original plan to ask voters if they wanted Veneto to secede from Italy or keep control of 80% of tax revenue collected in the region.
Instead the question on the ballot paper will be: “Do you want Veneto to be given further forms and particular conditions of autonomy?” The question for Lombardy has not yet been set.
Tax remains the key issue. Lombardy, around Milan, is Italy’s commercial hub and accounts for roughly a fifth of the country’s gross domestic product, while Veneto produces just under 10% of the national GDP.
Many inhabitants resent seeing a large part of their taxes used to help finance services in poorer southern regions.