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  5Stars consider post-election pact with far right
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 24, 2018 09:59pm
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AuthorJacopo Barigazzi
News DateWednesday, January 24, 2018 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionEurope’s worst Italian nightmare just got a little more likely.

The possibility that the anti-establishment 5Star Movement will team up to form a government with the far-right Northern League was given new life Wednesday, when the leader of the 5Stars, Luigi Di Maio, opened the door to a post-election coalition.

“It’s the numbers that are forcing us,” Di Maio told his staff, according to an article in the La Stampa daily newspaper.

Such an alliance would put two of the country’s most Euroskeptic political forces at the helm of the EU’s third-largest economy.

Both the 5Stars and the Northern League have toned down their rhetoric regarding Brussels. Di Maio has dropped calls for a referendum on Italy’s membership in the euro. And Northern League leader Matteo Salvini has similarly softened his tough line on the common currency.

Both parties, however, have insisted they would not respect the EU’s 3 percent deficit target established under the 1992 Maastricht Treaty.
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