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Italy’s Center-Left Coalition Collapses Days After Agreement

  • Democrats have tried to broaden appeal with alliances
  • Coalition’s demise could boost chance of right-wing landslide
Carlo Calenda

Carlo Calenda

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An Italian centrist party quit its alliance with the Democrats, days after agreeing to join forces in a bid to prevent a right-wing landslide in September elections triggered by the fall of Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government. 

The Azione party pulled out because “the pieces just didn’t fit together,” its leader, Carlo Calenda, said during an interview with national broadcaster Rai on Sunday.