Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

EU news: Matteo Salvini setting ‘trap’ for ex allies to secure more power against Brussels | World | News

catapulted into a political crisis by forcing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte into resigning earlier this week over growing disagreements with coalition partners in the Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S). The Italian interior minister will be using attempts from the M5S to form a new government with opposition parties to strengthen his position and lead his party to solo leadership, according to Italian affairs expert Kishore Jayabalan. Speaking to EWTN, the director of the Acton Institute said: “The Italian Government is supposed to reach some kind of budget deal with the , I think that’s more serious than political instability.

“Part of Salvini’s trap for the Five Star Movement is to say, ‘let’s see if you can, with a new government, come up with any kind of a budget deal’.”

The Italian Government repeatedly clashed with Brussels over Italy’s plans to ignore the 3 percent of gross domestic product spending limits imposed by the EU.

Mr Jayabalan suggested Mr Salvini could wait to make a stronger comeback should the M5S fail to have the bloc accept Italian spending terms.

He continued: “If they don’t come up with a budget deal, the VAT tax will go up and that will increase the economic deficit for people.

“I think Salvini and the League are looking at this as an opportunity to say, ‘ok, we leave the Government, it’ll fail. The European Union will be forcing us to do things.’

“And then Salvini can come back into power, probably with a bigger majority and more say over how things are run.”

He added: “It’s a very complicated situation but Italians usually have a way of muddling through and that’s probably what’s going to happen.”

Mr Salvini precipitated the break by tabling a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Conte only to later withdraw it minutes before Mr Conte .

France’s EU adviser Sandro Gozi said Europe should brace itself for “further changes” as the bloc faces yet another challenge in the months leading up to Brexit.

Mr Gozi, who previously served as Italian Europe minister under the leadership of Matteo Renzi, claimed the crisis in Italy “will trigger further changes in the political landscape.

He added: “I am convinced a new political initiative, similar to En Marche, is not only desirable but also possible.”

But chief economist and founder of ADA Economics Raffaella Tenconi warned Mr Salvini is set to secure his spot on the political scene.

Ms Tenconi told Bloomberg: “Salvini is going to win, it’s only a matter of when.

“He can win now, relatively soon with an early election, or he can win even more in a year from now.”

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