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Italy's League chief sees government program completed Wednesday

Italy's League chief sees government program completed Wednesday

"We have made a lot of good progress. we should finish the program today", Salvini said during a live video stream on Facebook.

The two parties have held six days of talks aimed at putting together a coalition government and ending 10 weeks of political stalemate following an inconclusive election on 4 March.

"It would be insane to give up at the moment of truth", he said, adding that he would not be intimidated by negative reaction from financial markets or attacks from the media against the two anti-system parties. "The more they insult us, the more they threaten us, the more they blackmail us, the more desire I have to embark on this challenge".

The prospect of a more spendthrift government in Italy, already one of the euro zone's most indebted economies, has had only a mild impact on Italian government bonds - leaving many market pundits puzzled.

Odds plummeted after a leaked document revealed Italy's nationalist Lega and Five Star Movement coalition plot to ditch the euro.

With neither Di Maio nor Salvini willing to cede the premiership to the other, they need to find someone else palatable to both of them whom Mattarella could tap to form the next government. This is the biggest one-day rise since July 2017, Reuters data shows. M5S leader Luigi Di Maio and the League's Matteo Salvini will have the final say, reviewing and signing the document before presenting it to President Sergio Mattarella.

Fed up with the country's long, seemingly irreversible economic decline, persistent high unemployment and a refugee and migrant crisis, Italy's voters turned on the political centre that has governed (or failed to govern) Italy since the 1980s.

Senate OK's bill in bid to retain net neutrality
A democratic MA senator introduced an effort to preserve neutrality, and it passed the senate floor with a 52 to 47 vote. He said that instead, "Democrats have already made clear that the resolution today is about the elections in November".

Mr. Berlusconi, 81, the colorful and polarizing four-time prime minister who resigned from his last government in disgrace in 2011, has been an unexpected wild card in the process.

A government led by Italy's populist 5Star Movement and far-right League would seek to renegotiate European treaties and call for a "radical reform" of the EU's stability and growth pact, according to a leaked copy of the parties' draft coalition agreement.

In Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU would not be complete without Italy, when asked at a news conference about Italy's role in the EU and its reliability in respecting common rules. Speaking at the event, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani strongly warned Italy against exiting the euro.

Both groups have a history of euroscepticism.

5-Star has adopted a softer line on migration and Salvini said on Monday this was another area of discord between the two sides.

"While the situation in Italy is a concern for currencies, the 5-Star Movement sees Britain struggle with its European Union exit plan and is unlikely to pursue a similar agenda".

"We will see what the outcome is and then we will comment", Juncker stated. "It would very much put the new government on a Syriza-like trajectory within Europe", Mr Codogno wrote, referring to the leftwing ruling party in Greece.


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