Europe's political leaders are expected to keep a close watch on Monday's meeting in Washington DC between Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and US President Donald Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron – no big fans of the US administration – are bound to hold their breath in fear that Italy might lend Trump a hand in further destabilizing the European Union, already torn by contrasts between member states and facing a deadlock in its integration process.
And they do have cause for concern. Conte is turning out to be Trump's main supporter and ally in Europe, according to a CNN article.
54Trump will exploit his bilateral session with Conte to reaffirm the special bond with Italy in the eyes of Merkel and Macron
Though it is highly unlikely that Conte will openly call for lifting sanctions on Russia, he will show himself more supportive to ending them after the European Council approved a six-month extension in June.
Conte will be keen to reassure Trump behind closed doors that Italy backs the US strategy on the Russian front, the article adds.
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