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Salvini Threatens Italy Government Collapse If Deficit Changed

Matteo Salvini

Matteo Salvini

Photographer: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, enjoying a steady climb in public opinion polls, said he would bring down the government if the coalition’s budget deficit target was changed.

The remarks by Salvini were quoted by newspaper La Repubblica hours before the country’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, was scheduled to make an attempt in Brussels to convince the European Commission that the country’s budget is sound. That includes the 2.4 percent deficit goal for 2019 that has become a lightning rod for Commission objections.