President Sergio Mattarella said Friday that the second round of government-formation consultations showed that the parties have not made progress towards the creation of a new executive.
Di Maio, whose party won 32.5 percent of the national vote, last week offered to enter into a government deal either with the center-left Democratic Party of outgoing Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, or with the League — as long as it gets rid of its ally, Silvio Berlusconi, who was expelled from parliament in 2013 following a tax fraud conviction.
Later on Thursday Mattarella meets members of the centre-left Democratic Party and then has a meeting with the three parties of the centre-right coalition, the League, Forza Italia (FI) and Brothers of Italy (FdI).
The first day will finish with a meeting with representatives of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).
Italy is one of Moscow’s key partners in the European Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday at a ceremony in which ambassadors presented their credentials, including Italy’s Pasquale Terracciano who thus officially started his mandate in Russia.
League leader Matteo Salvini said Wednesday that he could seek to form a government alone as a last resort if it is not possible to reach an agreement with other parties.
Anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) Senate Whip Danilo Toninelli on Wednesday called on Premier Paolo Gentiloni to report to parliament on developments in Syria.
President Sergio Mattarella’s government-formation consultations will start at 10:30 on Wednesday April 4 with Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, sources said Thursday. They will continue with Lower House Speaker Roberto Fico, and former president Giorgio Napolitano, the sources said.
Italy is rolling out new laws to deal with „fake news.“ The Italian government can’t define this term precisely, but apparently assumes it will know it when it sees it. And the rest of the country is encouraged to „see something, say something,“ thanks to the government’s online portal which will allow brigaders and hecklers to cleanse the web of things they don’t like. Even if some of it stays up, those reported will possibly still have to spend some time interacting with government employees, which will mostly be a waste of everyone’s time.
And that’s just the bureaucratic side of it. This portal will link to law enforcement so Italy’s uniformed cyberwarriors can go harass citizens over alleged fakery the government can’t even clearly define.