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Italy crisis ERUPTS as Italian coalition collapses – and it is terrifying for Brussels

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The leader of Italy’s ruling Lega party, deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, declared the governing coalition to be unworkable and said the only way forward was to hold fresh elections. The shock announcement follows a period of intense public feuding between the right-wing Lega and its coalition partner, the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement, and it throws the eurozone’s third-largest economy into an uncertain political future.

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An Italian election could trigger disaster for the Brussels bloc after a shock Ipsos survey revealed if a new vote was held, right-wing parties – Lega, the far-right of Brothers of Italy and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia would take 50.6 percent of the vote.

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Mr Salvini said in a statement he had told Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who belongs to neither coalition party, that the alliance with Five-Star Movement (MS5) had collapsed after barely a year in power and “we should quickly give the choice back to the voters”.

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He said Parliament, which is now in its summer recess, could reconvene next week to carry out the necessary steps, referring to the need for a no-confidence vote in the government and the resignation of the premier.

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But Lega’s coalition partner, the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement, accused Mr Salvini of “taking the country for a ride” and said it was ready for elections.

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Italy crisis ERUPTS as Italian coalition collapses – and it is terrifying for Brussels

The leader of Italy’s ruling Lega party, deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, declared the governing coalition to be unworkable and said the only way forward was to hold fresh elections. The shock announcement follows a period of intense public feuding between the right-wing Lega and its coalition partner, the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement, and it throws the eurozone’s third-largest economy into an uncertain political future.

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