The last-ditch effort for a government in Italy

The last-ditch effort for a government in Italy


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Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella granted the League and the 5-Star Movement (M5S) one more day to negotiate a government deal in Italy.

The two parties asked for another 24 hours for talks, which should be concluded on Thursday.

Thus far the leader of the far-right Lega has refused to drop his ally, Silvio Berlusconi, to join an M5S government as a junior coalition partner. Luigi Di Maio and MatteoSalvini met again on Wednesday, ANSA repots.

The possibility emerges now that Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia will stand aside, providing the government with parliamentary support but without assuming a role. Berlusconi could still emerge as king-maker if Forza Italia is offered a more discreet role in public administration and in parliament.

Neither of the two parties is willing to entertain the President’s proposal for a technocratic, caretaking, or politically “neutral” government that will pass a budget and appease the markets. Should negotiations fail, both parties want elections to take place in July, rather than December as proposed by Matterella. According to the polls, the biggest beneficiary of repeat elections in July would be the far-right Lega.

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