In Southern Italy, sympathies are growing for the 5-Star-Movement. In the end, that could make the difference whether or not the current government keeps it's majority in parliament.
The ruling 5-Star Movement and League coalition are split over a multibillion-euro rail link with France. League supporters see the project as a source of jobs and growth, while the M5S has called it a waste of money.
Italy has stuck to its big-spending budget plan, despite demands for changes from the EU and the threat of financial penalties. The move has sparked concerns over Italy's debt, and uncertainty from investors.
Rome is determined to stick to fundamental aspects of its 2019 budget despite pressure from Brussels, according to Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria. The EU believes Italy's plans are "overly optimistic" and risky.
Italy's populist government is determined to stand by its plans to raise its already high deficit despite a formal warning from the EU. Rome has, however, promised to keep an eye on its sizable debt pile.
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