MILANAN – The Latest on Tedious Negotiations for the Formation of the Next Government of Italy (All Times Local):
Italy's populist leaders get a second strike to assemble a government ,
The leader of the 5-star movement, Luigi Di Maio, and league leader Matteo Salvini said in a statement on Thursday that they have reached "the conditions for a political government".
The political landscape in Italy has changed rapidly in the last two days. President Sergio Mattarella staged a possible interim government of technocrats on Wednesday after signaling that the two populist parties are ready to compromise on the composition of their cabinet.
Salvinis and Di Maio's first attempt to form Western Europe's first populist government failed early in the week, when Mattarella rejected the election of an anti-Euro economics minister.
As a next step, Mattarella has appointed the IMF official, whom he has designated as the designated prime minister of a technical government, to a meeting on Thursday evening. Carlo Cottarelli should resign formally.
The leaders of two populist parties in Italy meet in Rome with revived prospects for a political government after their first attempt failed by a Eurosceptic Minister of Economic Affairs
One day after the opportunity After being revived in a governing coalition between the anti-establishment 5-star movement and the right-wing league chief Matteo Salvini ruled out appointments in northern Italy to travel to Rome.
Salvini declined to answer the reporters' questions when he arrived at the airport of Rome. The ANSA news agency said it had gone straight to Parliament's lower house, where it met with five-star leader Luigi Di Maio.
The possibility that the 5-star government and the League could form an acceptable government for the Italian president fuels the financial markets despite their Eurosceptic views.
Financial markets have calmed down in the face of signs that Italy might avoid forthcoming elections after President Sergio Mattarella has given two populist parties time to figure out whether they can agree on an alternative to a Eurosceptic Minister of Economic Affairs.
Luigi Di Maio, leader of the 5-star movement, has proposed moving the controversial ministerial candidate to another cabinet post. League boss Matteo Salvini, however, said he is not afraid of a solution.
But he also shows resistance to the change: "If someone in Berlin or Paris wakes up in a bad mood, it does not mean that an Italian minister is thrown out."
Mattarella gave the leaders time to form a coalition government after the markets rushed to news of a transitional government that would lead Italy to new elections.
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