News - 13 Luglio 2020 What a “Mes”! Are We Sure that It Is in Italy’s Best Interest to Get EU’s Cash? For the aid foreseen as a result of the pandemic of Covid-19, are we quite sure that the economic prescriptions of the "ants" of Europe are efficient or sustainable for a "cicada" like Italy? In the absence of a written binding agreement, the conditions that regulate the debt repayment path are those of the MES, a treaty whose norms and binding provisions take into account what in the normal jargon has been called the Troika. For a country like Italy, in a highly volatile political European context, the risk of finding one morning the debt collectors at the door with a list of assets to confiscate or to put to use, is a strong possibility.