Italy’s ‘Government For Change’ Seeking Parliament’s Backing | 6/2/2018 | Staff
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ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s anti-establishment government will seek backing in the Senate on Tuesday, one of the final hurdles before it can begin implementing its plans to challenge European Union rules on budgets and immigration.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday will ask the upper house to vote confidence in his “government for change”, as it has been dubbed by the two parties backing him.

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Conte speaks at 1000 GMT in the Senate, which votes later on Tuesday, while the lower house confidence vote is scheduled for Wednesday. The coalition has about a 10-vote majority in the Senate and a wider margin in the lower house.

Conte, a little-known 53-year-old law professor, is backed by the 5-Star Movement which grew out of a grassroots protest network, and the right-wing League. Together the parties have issued a budget-busting agenda of tax cuts and higher welfare spending.

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The League in particular is seeking to clamp down on irregular migration, with party leader Matteo Salvini on Monday pledging that Italy will no longer be “Europe’s refugee camp”.

Once the parliamentary votes are over, Conte will leave for his first international summit, a G7 meeting in Canada that starts on Friday.

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Conte will be closely watched to see whether he sticks by the side of his European partners, who have...
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