Italy and unnamed Southern European allies are trying to block anti-Putin sanctions. That will bring them nothing positive whatsoever but yelping like stupid little puppies is all that these countries can do in the direction of the parental EU authorities.
If Italy and Co tried to make something of themselves on their own, that would be one thing. But they want kind Uncle Putin to adopt them instead of the mean Auntie Merkel, and that’s just pathetic.
Sic transit, indeed, my friends. What Italy and Greece used to be and what they are now. . .