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

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

Earlier, the leaders of the anti-immigrant League party and the anti-establishment Five Star movement agreed to meet the Italian President to share details of a government programme for the eurozone's third largest economy, thrashed out over the weekend.

On Wednesday morning Salvini said that negotiations were nearing conclusion, while Di Maio confirmed the two parties could wrap up the "contract of government" within the day.

Luigi Di Maio, who leads the 5-Star Movement, and Matteo Salvini, head of the anti-migrant League, have separate appointments to brief Italy's head of state, President Sergio Mattarella, later Monday at the Quirinal Palace.

"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", he said.

The two parties have spent the last six days drawing up a so-called "contract" meant to be the basis for a coalition government between the two groups following an inconclusive March 4 election.

Brussels has called on the next Italian government, which is likely to be formed by Eurosceptic parties, to remain on the "European path" and not tear up the EU's strategy for controlling migration.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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