The Italian coalition government remains divided over the 2020 budget law and the ESM reform, to the extent that the prime minister’s position is called into question.

In an interview with Corriere della Sera published on Tuesday, Giuseppe Conte said that he was not willing to remain in his post if he felt he could not achieve results.

In January, the government is to have a confirmatory vote in parliament, which Conte hopes could work as a “relaunch” on the basis of a clear commitment.”

Conte also asserted that a key part of this relaunch should be a decisive income tax reform.

Following the same line of argumentation, the leader of the Five Star Movement (MS5) called on Luigi Di Maio called on Tuesday for a new “government contract” that would ensure policy cohesion right after the passing of the 2020 budget bill.

“The time has come to put down timeframes and issues in black and white,” Italy’s foreign minister said.

The other parties backing the government are the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), the leftwing Free and Equal (LeU) party, and Matteo Renzi‘s Italia Viva (IV) party.

The M5S and the PD have had profound disagreements over the European Stability Mechanism reform; another cleavage is PD and IV over plastic and sugar taxes.