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  Italy's Five Star Movement rejects Berlusconi on eve of formal talks
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 03, 2018 09:56pm
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News DateWednesday, April 4, 2018 03:55:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe leader of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has ruled out joining a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, a day before formal government consultations begin.

Until now, Five Star had said it was ready to talk to all parties after the 4 March national election ended in a hung parliament.

In an interview recorded by the La7 TV channel and not yet broadcast, Luigi Di Maio said Five Star was open to talks with the centre-left Democratic party (PD) – though not to its former secretary Matteo Renzi – and the far-right League, but not with Forza Italia, two Five Star sources said.

The move will heighten tensions between the League and Forza Italia, which are partners in a centre-right coalition that won the most seats in parliament. Forza Italia had no immediate comment.

“The coalition that won the most votes is the centre-right and this is our starting point,” the League leader, Matteo Salvini, said on Facebook. “We will dialogue with Five Star, but reject vetoes or commands.”
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