|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Publication Date||June 2019|
On 5 June 2019 Italy's Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte said he was ready to resign if rifts within the governing coalition, consisting of the League and the 5-Star-Movement (M5S) were not solved. He also asked the two parties to make a clear decision on the way forward. The coalition leaders, Matteo Salvini (the League) and Luigi Di Maio (M5S), professed loyalty to the government the following day.
The League and M5S formed a coalition government in June 2018 that turned sour, over disagreements on a range of issues, especially on the question how to address the escalating public spending crisis. League pushed for a flat tax, while the M5S focused on an introduction of a 9€ minimum hourly salary.
The split intensified after the League managed to double its vote in the European parliamentary election in May (34%) compared to its results in the general election in 2018 (17%). After the balance of power between both parties turned around, critics speculated that the League might attempt an early election. Salvini, Deputy Premier and Interior Minister, had been also criticised for acting as if he was already head of government.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||National Parliaments|
|Countries / Regions||Italy|