At the Vatican jolly to celebrate 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome, former Italian minister of economy and finance Giulio Tremonti said the Treaty of Rome had deviated from its original purpose.
The treaty was based on twin pillars of peace and prosperity — a well-intended and necessary mandate following the decades of war that had torn apart the continent — not an elitist mandate from on high to create a supranational entity. Today, the bloc’s newest iteration has followed a dirigiste, centralising impulse. Little by little, over the 1980s and 90s into the present, this impulse has reversed the basic and sound architecture of the Treaty of Rome. This process was not democratic process and it failed under scrutiny — including referenda in which citizens rejected the EU’s anonymous decision-making".