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Berlusconi Papering Over the Cracks in His Italian Alliance

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The Italian national flag, seen between statues, flies atop the Quirinale palace, the office of Italy's president in Rome, Italy, on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. The outgoing premier, Matteo Renzi, is keeping Italy waiting, he has yet to tell the head of state whether he would be willing to stay on despite his defeat in a constitutional referendum.
Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Welcome to Bloomberg’s pop-up newsletter for the Italian election. I'll be bringing you a daily roundup of everything from the campaign trail through to polling day on March 4, as well as the best features from our team on the ground.

On the news front today, Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Salvini of the Northern League spent the weekend papering over recent spats that had raised doubts about their coalition. In a series of interviews, Berlusconi said that even if their “tone and language appeared different,” the coalition agrees on a platform – and that includes keeping the euro. Salvini followed Berlusconi on Rai3, saying “there’s more that unites us than divides us.”