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Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini

EU elections shake the stability of Italy’s coalition

The European Parliament elections in May upended the balance of support for the parties in Italy's coalition government, with Lega far outpacing the Five Star Movement. Moreover, the country's budget imbalances increasingly require solutions that will be politically unpopular. Rank-and-file members of both parties could benefit from new elections, but their leaders have good reasons for keeping the coalition together. Can it last?

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