Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Italy 'very important' to European Union, says Juncker

Brussels calls on Italy to stay committed to the 'European path' Anti-EU “barbarian” Salvini announces Italian govt deal close
Pablo Mccormick | 18 May, 2018, 13:47

Back in the currency markets, sterling rallied against both the dollar and the euro after a United Kingdom newspaper reported that Prime Minister Theresa May would tell Brussels that Britain was prepared to stay in the European Union's customs union after a transitional arrangement beyond 2021.

The borrowing costs of Italy jumped on Wednesday, while its stocks fell due a draft program for a potential coalition government comprising the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League that includes some controversial measures.

There were tremors across Europe on Wednesday after a draft of their plan published by Huffington Post Italy revealed proposals to ask the European central bank to wipe out €250bn of debt as well as set up procedures allowing EU member states to exit the euro. Neither Salvini nor 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio want the other to get the job, but they have yet to propose a mutually acceptable alternative figure.

Salvini said that the contract - and an interior minister from the League - would make sure that "only people with a right to enter Italy" would do so.

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"We have finished our work and sent everything to the leaders", said the League's economics chief Claudio Borghi, one of his party's negotiating team.

Bond markets have fallen this week in anticipation of an agreement with the 10-year spread reaching 158 basis points earlier on Thursday.

They have both vowed to scrap an unpopular pension reform - a move that would punch a 15-billion-euro hole in state coffers.

The debt wipe would cut 10 percent off Italy's debt/GDP ratio but the European Union will be concerned this sends a negative message to other Eurozone countries still in the middle of tough austerity measures.

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The gap over benchmark German Bund yields widened to 148 bps, its widest since the day after Italy's March 4 election. "But I won't comment in advance on the possible outcome of talks taking place on a coalition government", he said.

The parties said on Tuesday they want to "re-think" the euro zone's fiscal rules with Italy's partners "in the spirit of returning to the pre-Maastricht set-up" - a reference to the treaty which laid the groundwork for monetary union.

If the Five Star-League plan were to fall apart, Mattarella could revert to an earlier idea to appoint a non-partisan premier, though both populist groups have said they'll use their blocking majority to shoot down any such candidate and trigger new elections. 5-Star has moderated its position over the previous year, but the League still wants to leave the eurozone as soon as politically feasible. Each party plans to consult its supporters over the weekend to see if they back the nascent government pact.

The League-Five Star draft document also states their "intention to oppose" global trade treaties such as the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and ongoing negotiations to grant China market economy status (MES).

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If the voters back the two leaders' efforts, the ball will go into president Sergio Mattarella's court.

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