Italy’s Prime Minister Says New Coalition Will Work Towards Economic Revival and Harmony With the EU

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is congratulated by ministers after he presented his government’s programme ahead of confidence vote at the Parliament in Rome, Italy, September 9, 2019 REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Italy’s prime minister said on Monday his new coalition combining the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the pro-Europe Democratic Party (PD) would avoid rows and rancor and usher in a new wave of reforms.

In a speech to parliament before a vote of confidence in his administration, Giuseppe Conte called for smoother relations with the European Union, saying he would work with Brussels to rewrite the bloc’s budget rules and its immigration laws.

The PD and 5-Star agreed to join forces under Conte’s leadership after the far-right League walked out of the previous, argumentative coalition with 5-Star in a failed effort to trigger early elections.