Eurozone members have begun two days of informal talks. They have a lot to discuss - from reforms of the way the euro area is run to risk-sharing mechanisms such as a proposed European Monetary Fund.
Deputy premier Matteo Salvini has suggested EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had "ruined Europe and our country." Disputes over Italy's budget with the EU come ahead of next year's EU elections.
France's economy minister has warned Italy to respect its financial commitments to the EU under "whichever government." Bruno Le Maire said eurozone stability would otherwise be threatened.
Greece's leader has argued that the 2019 EU parliamentary elections are not just a run-of-the-mill vote. With members at odds over migration, Brexit and rising right-wing populism, Europe's soul depends on the outcome.
Eurozone finance ministers negotiated late into the night to bring an end to an eight-year bailout for Greece. Debt relief and a big cash payout will form part of a broad exit deal.
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