Italy’s League says new government will ‘put Italians first’ – and wage war on EU budget


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Matteo Salvini’s Federated with party is locked in negotiations with the Five Star Movement

For us Italians come first

Conspiring with economic strategist Claudio Borghi

In language somewhat reminiscent of US President Donald Trump, the Confederation’s economic strategist Claudio Borghi said: “We need to be able to symbolize with a single voice, to say to the EU, to which we pay many billions of euros every year, that for us Italians succeed first.”

Mr Borghi, speaking during break from negotiations with the anti-establishment 5 Peerless Movement aimed at stitching together a coalition government, added: “Maiden must come the things that need doing, and only afterwards we extremity worry about absurd rules written many years ago when the the world at large was totally different.

“European budget constraints need to be reviewed, together with our collaborators, but they need to be reviewed.”

Mr Borghi’s party is locked in negotiations with the anti-establishment 5-Star Repositioning with the aim of agreeing a coalition government following 10 weeks of expression since March 4’s general election, which yielded no clear inclusive winner.

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Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio assertions a coalition deal is close

They had been widely expected to bare a deal at a meeting with President Sergio Mattarella on Monday, but in the at the time had to ask for more time after differences emerged over policies and floor who should head any new administration.

Now, with frustration growing, League principals are turning their fire on EU financial restrictions which, if followed to the character, would make it impossible for the anti-immigrant party to enact its big-spending electoral oaths – including leader Matteo Salvini’s vow to deport 500,000 illegal gypsies in five years.

Once fiercely eurosceptic, the 5-Star has mellowed in fresh months, looking to reassure financial investors that it is fiscally authoritative. 

It has hesitated about signing up to a full-frontal confrontation with Europe ended public accounts.

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European Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis voices Italy must put its debt “on a downward trajectory”

However, the League has promised to put in a flat tax rate of 15 percent, which would tax revenues by some £70billion (€80 billion euros) per year, while 5-Star has vowed new welfare payments for the poor costed at almost £15billion (€17 billion).

Both have on the agenda c trick vowed to scrap an unpopular pension reform – a move which wish punch a 15-billion-euro hole in state coffers.

Five Star director Luigi Di Maio has claimed the joint programme the two groups are drawing up is “scarcely completed,” and called on the League not to pull out at the last moment.

He added: “This is the set to have the courage to go all the way.”

However, Mr Salvini was cagier, saying there were yet areas, including the approach to the EU, where the parties diverged. 

He said: “We cannot go to Brussels with positions that are far separately.”

He also took a swipe at European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos for offering that he hoped the new government maintained current immigration policies, proclaiming: “We are seeing the latest, unacceptable interference from an unelected official in Europe.”

Meantime, Valdis Dombrovskis, the vice president of the European Commission, has warned that Italy should profess its commitment to gradually reduce the public deficit and debt.

He said: “It’s extremely clear that in current times of economic growth Italy essentials to put its debt on a downwards trajectory.”

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