14.05.2018 | Italian Eurosceptic Five Star and League on verge of power indevastating blow to EU
Source - The Daily Express

In a bid to break political deadlock, Five Star Movement’s leader Luigi Di Maio and League’s leader Matteo Salvini met on Saturday and Sunday in Milan to discuss issues surrounding a coalition agreement which could see them take power in the coming days. Following the first of two meetings, Mr Di Maio commented on the progress, saying: “Obviously we are writing history and it takes a bit of time. “There’s an excellent climate at the table, we are tackling very important issues.” However despite reaching a tentative agreement on a common coalition platform, confusion remains surrounding the choice of prime minister. Mattia Diletti, a professor at Sapiens University in Rome, said: “The Italian people want this government. “They want to see something new, and I think Sergio Mattarella understands this.” “If they don’t come up with a PM then Mattarella will help. “It’s a very tough situation: for the first time we have a very new political coalition, and the first of its kind in western Europe. “But Mattarella is very able at managing the situation and is trying to assure Europe that the system is working.” The two leaders spoke to Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday evening following their discussions and told him that they were ready to “report back on everything” that they had discussed during their meetings, according to individuals close to the negotiations. Both parties have vowed to take a stronger position against Brussels and the EU, and have said they intend to “revise” existing EU treaties following widespread anger around the EU’s handling of migration and economic policy. Mr Salvini and Mr Di Maio have reached agreements on issues including a flat rate tax, universal basic income, stronger laws on immigration and pension reform. Mr Di Maio also stated that “considerable steps forward” had been made in reaching agreement on a coalition platform. President Mattarella is now expected to meet with the leaders of both parties at the presidential Quirinal Palace in Rome on Monday. However both leaders failed to provide the President with a shortlist of individuals they would like to assume the role of Prime Minister during their phone call on Sunday evening, and both parties have sought to claim the role for themselves.

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