Italy's rival populist leaders to report on coalition talks

Italy's rival populist leaders to report on coalition talks

Italy's rival populist leaders to report on coalition talks

Anti-migrant Euroskeptic League leader Matteo Salvini said after fresh government consultation talks with President Sergio Mattarella Monday that the government with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) would start if it is able to achieve things, otherwise it will not start, and so it would work to lift European Union fiscal restrictions on policy making.

But the birth of Italy's next administration continues to be a slow labor.

He added that the terms of any deal with the League "will be put to our members through a vote online", indicating the process of forming the next government might stretch out even longer.

The coalition negotiations are aimed at "giving a government of change to this country", Di Maio said.

Any deal would be aimed at satisfying both Di Maio's and Salvini's largely different constituencies.

A right-wing coalition including the League and Mr Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party won 37 per cent of the vote in March 4 elections, while the M5S became Italy's largest single party with almost 33 per cent.

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The March 4 election produced a hung parliament. "This seems to be a shared commitment", Salvini said.

Italy's populist Five Star Movement has reached an agreement with the League party which it is hoped will break the country's political stalemate.

Five-Star secured 32% of the vote during the March 5 poll, with Lega coming out on top of a three-party right-wing alliance that includes former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia.

The parties have reportedly agreed on rolling back increases to the age of retirement while Five Star is broadly willing to follow the League's hardline anti-immigration policies.

5-Star's flagship policy of a universal income for the poor will cost an estimated €17bn per year.

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