Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2019

EU news: Salvini fury at Italy government deal – ‘Agreed in Brussels, Berlin and Paris’ | World | News


The leader of the right-wing League looks set to lose his senior role in Rome’s government after a tentative deal was reached to form a new coalition without his party. Outgoing prime minister Giuseppe Conte is expected to asked to form a new government made up of the Five Star Movement and centre-left Democratic Party in the coming days. This would see Mr Salvini dumped out of his fragile, 14-month leadership coalition after he pulled his support and forced Mr Conte to resign.

After this weekend’s G7 summit in Biarritz, Mr Salvini accused world leaders and the EU of scheming to ensure he doesn’t return to government.

He claimed Mr Conte’s expected reappointment “was decided in Biarritz by Brussels, Berlin and Paris”.

The caretaker prime minister attended the event, where he is said to have impressed US President Donald Trump.

Mr Salvini said the likely new government would be “remote-controlled by Merkel and Macron” as the anti-establishment Five Star enters into a deal with an establishment party.

He added last night that he was “incredulous” that the Democrats, who have slumped in recent regional and European Parliament elections, were set to enter government “through the back door”.

Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio and Democratic Party chief Nicola Zingaretti have been locked in the negotiations over forming a new government.

They have told President Sergio Mattarella that they are willing to form a new coalition with Mr Conte once again the prime minister.

Mr Di Maio has praised the technocratic leader, a former lawyer, for showing “great courage” and a “disinterested spirit”.

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The new government, which could still fail to be formed, could stay in power until 2023, when the next elections are scheduled.

Five Star and the Democrats are yet to decide on a ministerial lineup, sparking fresh doubts over the stability of the potential coalition.

Five Star’s membership still have to vote on the terms of the deal in an online poll.

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who leads the Forza Italia party, has also criticised the deal, insisting the country should hold new elections.

He said the alliance was a “dangerous scenario” and “politically wrong”.



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