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12:00 AM, September 06, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 06, 2019

Italy swears in new pro-EU cabinet

President Sergio Mattarella yesterday swore in Italy’s new pro-European government, heralding a fresh start for the eurozone’s third largest economy as the far-right falls from power. Brussels warmly welcomed the coalition between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and centre-left Democratic Party (PD), which is expected to markedly improve rocky relations between Europe and Rome. “We’re ready to give our utmost for the country,” M5S head Luigi Di Maio, the new foreign minister, said. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government still faces votes in parliament on Monday and Tuesday. First on the cabinet’s to-do list is the 2020 budget, which has to be submitted to parliament by the end of September, and then to Brussels by October 15. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Conte and said Italy’s new political era came at “an important moment for our Union”, adding that he was sure Rome would play a “front-line” role on key issues.

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