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  Italian government: Mission still (almost) impossible
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 21, 2018 01:30pm
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AuthorGiada Zampano
News DateFriday, April 20, 2018 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionROME — Italian election talks collapsed Friday — to the surprise of absolutely no one.

If anything, the parties involved are further apart and more entrenched in their positions than when they started.

President Sergio Mattarella had earlier this week enlisted the speaker of the Senate to break Italy’s political deadlock. Yet after two rounds of inconclusive talks with the rival parties who won March’s election, Senate leader Maria Elisabetta Casellati had to tell Mattarella that her mission hadn’t been accomplished, prompting him to announce a “pause for reflection” over the weekend.

The two rivals — the anti-establishment 5Star Movement which emerged as the largest single party in the election, and the center-right alliance now dominated by the far-right League — stuck to their positions during the talks, derailing any possible government deal. Both did well in the election but fell short of an absolute majority.

The 5Stars, headed by Luigi Di Maio, reiterated their firm objection to forming a government with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, a close ally of Matteo Salvini’s League and the main obstacle to a tie-up between the two sides.
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