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Italy's Five Star Pushes Democrats to Start Government Talks

  • Leader Di Maio says he’s ready to negotiate coalition contract
  • Divided Democratic Party buys time, will decide next week
Luigi Di Maio
Luigi Di MaioPhotographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
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The anti-establishment Five Star Movement pressured the divided Democratic Party to start government negotiations, saying that Italy should hold new elections if the two sides fail to reach a deal.

“We’re available to sit at the table to negotiate a contract,” Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio said he told Roberto Fico, the lower house speaker who has been asked by President Sergio Mattarella to find out if Five Star and the Democratic Party, or PD, can govern together.