Di Maio defends achievements of 5Stars Movement

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Corriere Della Sera/ Politico: Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio defended the achievements of his 5Stars Movement in government and said the coalition with the League is “working well,” despite criticisms that he has been relegated to a junior partner role.

Since the new government took power in May, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini who heads the far-right League, has picked high-profile fights with Brussels over migration eclipsing both Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his coalition partners.

But in an interview published today with Italian daily Corriere Della Sera, Mi Maio bristled at the suggestion, listing his party’s achievements in the first 45 days in government: “We cut life annuities [paid to former MPs], we scrapped [former Prime Minister] Renzi’s private jet, presented the dignity decree, started work on unemployment centers: we have been leading on our battles and we are working well together with the League.”

Di Maio also said that his proposal for a basic income and a fiscal reform to phase in a flat tax rate are “social emergencies” that will be realized “immediately.” And he reiterated that though opposition to Italy’s membership of the euro is “close to us,” it was not part of the coalition contract and so would not be pursued by the government.

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