Italy launches talks in fraught quest for new government

Italy launched talks on Wednesday aiming to break political deadlock between anti-establishment and far-right leaders and form a new government…

Italy launched talks on Wednesday aiming to break political deadlock between anti-establishment and far-right leaders and form a new government a month after a general election.

Despite agreeing last week on the nomination of the speakers in parliament, the anti-migrant League and the Five Star Movement (M5S) have not budged publicly on their demands to be allowed to govern.

Last month’s election yielded a stalemate: a right-wing coalition including the League and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party won 37 percent of the vote. M5S got the biggest share of any single party with just under 33 percent.

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