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  5Stars and League reach deal to break Italian impasse
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 13, 2018 04:36pm
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News DateSunday, May 13, 2018 08:05:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionROME — The anti-establishment 5Star Movement and far-right League reached a deal Sunday on a government platform and common candidate for prime minister that could put a populist alliance in charge of the third-largest economy in the eurozone.

The two parties will report back to President Sergio Mattarella Monday, after agreeing to set aside their leaders’ own ambitions for the prime ministership. The president will likely call a final round of consultations with the parties, then make a final decision on whom to appoint as the new premier.


The deal between the 5Stars and the League was the result of a last-ditch effort to break a two-month impasse and avoid the president imposing a “neutral government” that would have led to another election. 5Star leader Luigi Di Maio and the League’s Matteo Salvini met twice in Milan over the weekend to hammer out the details of a coalition deal.

“We are writing history and it obviously takes a bit of time,” Di Maio told reporters after Sunday’s meeting with Salvini. Di Maio later confirmed they have reached a deal on a prime ministerial candidate but declined to give a name, saying only that it is “a politician, not a technocrat.”

A government of the two parties would reignite worries among Italy’s EU partners that it won’t push forward with reforms and reduce its massive public debt, the second largest in the eurozone after Greece. Although they have softened their Euroskeptic stances, both parties have pledged to take tougher positions on Europe, promised to seek a revision of the existing EU treaties and scrap the austerity policies blamed for Italy’s anemic growth.
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