omy was ignited by tensions within the coalition supporting Conte’s cabinet, made of

far-right, anti-immigrant League party and anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S).亚博体育yb后花园女神会所

President Mattarella would play a key role in this phase, verifying with every political force hold

亚博体育yb后花园ing seats in parliament whether an alternative majority could be shaped to form a new government.

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suggest forming a technocrat government, but only if parliamentary forces agreed to support it.

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nd have it passed by the Italian parliament, and preliminary by the European Union (EU), by the end of the year.

Another key budget-related priority was to avoid a possible value-added tax (VAT) hike.亚博体育yb后花园

For most purchases in fact, Italy’s VAT is at 22 percent; but it would automatically rise to 25.2 percent on Jan 1, if the coun

亚博体育yb后花园女神会所try did not find new revenue resources worth 23 billion euros ($25.5 billion) with the next budgetary plan.

Mattarella’s talks with parties’ leaders will continue through Th

ursday afternoon, according to the official schedule unveiled by the president’s office.

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ll have to dissolve the parliament, and call snap elections in a range of 45 to 70 days.

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nate — and center-left opposition Democratic Party (PD) was under the scrutiny of political analysts and media.

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produce a majority in parliament — with the help of minor allies — cutting anti-immigrant League out.

亚博体育yb后花园女神会所On Wednesday, the PD leadership approved a resolution opening to possible n

egotiations with the M5S, but only on condition that five program points were respected, including “a loyal EU me

mbership… a change in the country’s (tough) migration policies, and a major shift in social and economic recipes.”

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