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Italy’s Election Rivals Spar Over Energy in First Debate

  • Leading contender Meloni wants EU-wide cap on gas prices
  • Democrats’ Letta pushes national, temporary price controls
Enrico Letta, left, and Giorgia Meloni.

Enrico Letta, left, and Giorgia Meloni.

Photographer: Christophe Morin and Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

The heads of Italy’s two largest parties sparred over the imposition of price controls on energy in their first public debate ahead of Sept. 25 elections, with leading contender Giorgia Meloni backing a proposed Europe-wide cap on gas prices.

Whoever succeeds Mario Draghi as premier will likely take office just before winter, with the prospect of energy rationing and runaway inflation if Russia cuts gas deliveries further. European natural gas prices have reached records, and debt-laden Italy has already spent almost 40 billion euros ($39.9 billion) to help families and businesses.