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Italian Salvini ‘does not care’ if EU rejects budget

AFP

Italy's powerful deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said on Saturday "I do not care" if the European Commission rejects a budget plan that would worsen Rome's already mammoth debt burden, reports AFP from Rome

"No one in Brussels can tell me it is not time," the head of the far-right League party told a meeting in the Italian capital.

"If Brussels says I cannot do it, I do not care, I will do it anyway," the outspoken leader vowed.

Italy's new coalition government has drafted a budget that raises spending, pushes the public deficit target to around 2.4 per cent of gross domestic product for the next three years, and probably hikes the public debt above its already excessive level of 131 per cent of GDP.

The previous government was aiming for a deficit of 0.8 per cent of GDP that would help cut debt but possibly hamper economic growth.

A warning by EU officials on Friday about Italy's deficit troubled financial markets and pushed up the cost of borrowing for the government.

"It is a budget which appears to be beyond the limits of our shared rules," noted Pierre Moscovici, who runs the European Commission's economic and finance portfolio.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella warned the government Saturday that the constitution requires a balanced budget and sustainable public debt.

 

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