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Italy's Populists Drop $300 Billion Debt Writeoff in Almost-Final Policy Plan

17 May 2018, 06:05 | Erica Roy

Brussels calls on Italy to stay committed to the 'European path'

M5S unveils programme for Italy's'government of change

The partnership between the League's Matteo Salvini and Mr. Di Maio would represent a blow to mainstream European political parties across the continent.

5-Star's parliamentary party leader Danilo Toninelli told state television Rai: "The only way to get a serious government is to return to the polls".

The head of state has made it clear that he will only look at the definitive version of the text, after a draft leaked earlier this week caused consternation with proposals that would allow Italy to leave the euro, demand financial concessions from the European Union and withdraw sanctions on Russian Federation.

They also condemned the leak of the draft deal by HuffPost Italia and said the proposals, dated 09:30 on 14 May, were out of date.

Italy has been in political deadlock since an inconclusive March 4 election, which was dominated by concerns over a struggling economy, the refugee crisis and illegal immigration.

The euro opt-out has gone, and calls for changes to European Union treaties and monetary policy are marked in red, meaning they are yet to be agreed.

"We'll need to cope together with the European challenges as we do with other EU leaders, not all of them are ideal", one of the EU officials said.

Di Maio's 5-Star Movement is Parliament's single biggest party, after winning some 32 percent in the March 4 election.

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.

"There will be utmost dialogue with Europe, but we will not be subordinate to Eurocrats", he said. However, with 10-year United States treasury yields slipping back below seven-year highs reached earlier this week, most European stock markets traded close to flat.


The coalition could also fall out with Brussels over its plans for a clampdown on immigration and a call to cancel all economic sanctions on Russian Federation.

For some, the ECB's dominant position in euro sovereign debt markets and its stated objective of reducing fragmentation of borrowing costs across the zone beyond that acts as a backstop as long as overall euro breakup risks remain low.

Each party plans to consult its supporters over the weekend to see if they back the nascent government pact. "Now is the time for legality, security and push-backs".

Forging a coalition would put the 5-Stars in Italy's national government for the first time.

Berlusconi has refused to govern with the 5-Stars, who he regards as "more risky than communists".

A 39-page document agreed to Wednesday night drops the writeoff demand but says that euro-area government bonds already purchased by the European Central Bank under quantitative easing should not count towards the debt-to-gross domestic product ratio, according to the Five Star official. Di Maio has pledged to guarantee a minimum income to the unemployed.

"Both parties campaigned by attacking the political elite", Ms. Pasini said.

There is still no word on who the parties want to lead the government.

As of Wednesday morning, officials involved in the talks insisted that Five Star and the League were finally close to a deal, though it was still unclear whether the two sides had settled on a choice for prime minister.



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