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The first meeting between the M5S and the PD concludes with optimism

August 23, 2019


Representatives of the 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) have sent messages of optimism at the end of the first meeting established to negotiate a possible government agreement and avoid calling early elections in Italy.

The Chamber of Deputies has been the scene of this first and expected appointment, which has lasted for two hours. In a seemingly relaxed atmosphere, the two sides have exposed their claims and red lines and have agreed to continue talking.

“There are no insurmountable obstacles,” said Andrea Orlando, of the PD, in an optimistic tone that has also been shared by his partner Graziano Del Rio, who has spoken of a “very good start.” “There has been a broad convergence in social and environmental issues,” said Del Rio, according to the Adnkronos news agency.

M5S sources have also highlighted the constructive climate with which these contacts have started, although Luigi Di Maio's party has insisted in these last hours in defending the list of ten priorities announced on Thursday at the end of the round of contacts with the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella.

Di Maio has already made it clear that the first of these ten points, which contemplates the elimination of 345 legislators, is not negotiable. “If we do not get this first point, there will be nothing else,” he told journalists.

Mattarella has called a new round on Tuesday to determine what is the best way to resolve the current political crisis, although he has warned that elections will be inevitable if there is no majority government with “a clear program.” “Without a solid majority, the path passes through the vote, but it is not a path that can be undertaken lightly,” the president warned Thursday.