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The M5S and the Democratic Party agree on the program to form a new coalition government in Italy

ROME, Sep. 3 (Reuters / EP) –

The 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party have presented on Tuesday the program they have agreed for the new government that they intend to form after the rupture of the coalition between the anti-system formation and the Matteo Salvini League.

The two parties have presented a 16-point program that includes an expansionist budget for 2020 with which they promise to favor economic growth but without jeopardizing the weak finances of the transalpine nation.

The M5S and the Democratic Party agree on the program to form a new coalition government in Italy
The M5S and the Democratic Party agree on the program to form a new coalition government in Italy

In this sense, the new partners demand that the EU overcome the “excessive rigidity” that, in their opinion, governs the budgetary rules. Italy is the second member state with the highest debt in proportion to its economic growth.

Among other economic measures, they propose to curb the VAT increase planned for the month of January and create a tax on Internet giants and a public bank.

They also promise social justice and in this area they propose setting a minimum wage and increasing spending on education, research and welfare.

In political regeneration, they are committed to reforming the law of interests, contrary to what was raised by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – an ally of the League in the last elections – who wants to repeal it.

The government agenda must obtain the approval of the M5S militants, who on Tuesday started an online vote whose result will be known in a few hours in the afternoon.

“It is a very delicate moment for the country. It must be addressed by focusing on the interests and needs of the citizens, of the community that we all form,” said the M5S in a blog urging its militants to support the 'leaf of route'.

As for the members of the M5S Government and the Democratic Party, for the moment they have only agreed that Giuseppe Conte will repeat as prime minister. The names of the ministers have not yet been decided.

The alliance between both parties, once rivals, has prevented the early elections that would have forced the power vacuum generated by the rupture of the government coalition between the M5S and the League.

An opinion poll released Monday by SWG indicates that 51 percent of supporters of the 5 Star Movement are in favor of the new coalition, while in the Democratic Party support would increase to 69 percent.

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