Italy’s PM Conte to issue ultimatum over government on Monday: papers

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte leaves after a European Union leaders summit following the EU elections, in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will present an ultimatum to fractious ruling parties on Monday to speed up government action or face his resignation, Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Il Corriere della sera reported.

Conte will make clear in a speech in the afternoon that he has no intention of being subjected to any European Union disciplinary procedure over public debt, La Repubblica reported citing several sources.

The European Commission wrote to Italy last week asking for an explanation as to why public debt rose in 2018 instead of falling as required, setting the stage for a possible legal clash with Italy’s eurosceptic coalition.

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