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Italy’s Parliament Leaders to Meet as Sworn Enemies Eye Tie-Up

  • Democrats, Five Star Movement in talks for new government
  • It’s an unlikely alliance; parties traded insults for years
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Parliament leaders in Italy will meet on Monday to decide when Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will have to face a no-confidence vote as the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party consider an alliance to delay Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini’s bid to take control of the government.

Talks envision supporting a new “institutional” government after the likely collapse of the one led by Conte in a confidence vote in the coming weeks, but the plan is already sowing discord inside the parties that would be supporting it. The goal would be to lay the foundations for the 2020 budget, avoiding an automatic VAT increase that’s worth 23 billion euros ($26 billion) and possibly changing the country’s voting system.