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Italy pushes euro to fore, the last place Europe wants it

Sergio Mattarella judged that a crucial member of their proposed cabinet was intent on having Italy abandon the euro, though they had not explicitly campaigned on that issue

Steven Erlanger | NYT  |  Lisbon 

Through more than two months of tough negotiations to form a government in Italy after inconclusive March elections, global financial markets remained relatively calm. Italy’s uncertainties seemed contained to Italy, and Europe’s economy kept growing. That changed this week when Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, effectively blocked two populist parties from forming a government. He judged that a crucial member of their proposed cabinet was intent on having Italy abandon the euro, though they had not explicitly campaigned on that issue. In doing so, Mr. ...

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First Published: Thu, May 31 2018. 02:01 IST
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