By: Steve Dellar | 05-12-2018 | News
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Italy – European Nightmare Erupts As Populists Parties Try To Form Government Together

Whereas a few days ago it looked quite certain that Italy was heading for new elections in June after the Italian President had failed to bring either of the populist parties that had won the elections three months ago any closer to forming a government with the Centrist Democrats of former Prime Minister Renzi, it by now seems as if the European nightmare scenario of a major country in the bloc being led by a fully populist government is becoming true as the Five Star Movement and the Lega Nord have been making deals between them on the side lines, informing a surprised press two days ago they were very close to a final agreement.

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The anti-European Five-Star-Movement and the nationalist Lega Nord may look like unlikely partners to form a government, but both realise that this opportunity might never present itself again and have therefore put their differences aside and are instead looking towards what unites rather than divides them.

Mr Di Maio of the Five Star Movement stated after his meeting with Mr Salvini of the Lega Nord that: “we’re making considerable steps forward with the government program,” adding that the two parties would find “many points of agreement on the issue of countering the business of immigration.”

“Let’s hope we reach a deal as soon as possible, because otherwise we hold new elections. We didn’t talk about the name of the premier.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Italy could blow up Europe as we know it. If that government succeeds, other Euroskeptics will benefit, putting the parliament’s pro-EU centrist majority at risk <a href=""></a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Futureofeurope</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Juncker</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Berlusconi</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Italy</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Italia</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LegaNord</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#5stelle</a></p>&mdash; Alex von Witzleben (@AlexWitzleben) <a href="">May 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A government of populist parties in one of the largest European countries would be a nightmare scenario for the European Commission in Brussels as the calls for relaxed tax measures, a possible exit from the Eurozone and a re-distribution of the African immigrants that Italy houses would be the first points up for discussion with the new government. If Europe would accept any of those talking points, Hungary and Poland would surely want similar deals.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wishing <a href="">@luigidimaio</a> and <a href="">@matteosalvinimi</a> well in forming a coalition. <a href="">@beppe_grillo</a></p>&mdash; Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) <a href="">May 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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