Brussels calls on Italy to stay committed to the 'European path'

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The 39-page document, obtained by Huffington Post Italia, also calls for a renegotiation of Italy's European Union budget contributions, an end to sanctions against Russian Federation and plans to dismantle a 2011 pension reform that raised the retirement age.

The two parties have been locked in talks to reach a coalition government agreement and bring an end to two months of political deadlock following inconclusive elections.

"First must come the things that need doing, and only afterwards (we need worry about) absurd rules written many years ago when the world was totally different", he said. It has hesitated about signing up to a full-frontal confrontation with Europe over public accounts.

The League has pledged to introduce a flat tax rate of 15 percent, which would lower tax revenues by some 80 billion euros ($95 billion) per year, according to some estimates, while 5-Star has pledged new welfare payments for the poor at 17 billion euros.

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They have both vowed to scrap an unpopular pension reform - a move that would punch a 15-billion-euro (RM70 million) hole in state coffers.

The two anti-system parties have completed the joint policy programme for a coalition government and have passed the document to leaders for their approval. "The next few days will be crucial", Luigi Di Maio told reporters after meeting with Mr. Mattarella. "We can not go to Brussels with positions that are far apart", he said.

"It's very clear that in current times of economic growth Italy needs to put its debt on a downwards trajectory", he said.

In Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU would not be complete without Italy, when asked at a news conference about Italy's role in the EU and its reliability in respecting common rules.

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Matteo Salvini, the head of the anti-migrant, Euroskeptic League, said negotiations were in the "final straight".

Di Maio charged against the Financial Times and unelected Eurocrats for undermining the prospect of an M5S-league government. Salvini wants the policy line on migration to get tougher. The policy program will probably be published Thursday, 5-Star said.

There was still no word on the thorny issue of who would be prime minister.

5-Star and the League said in a statement that the draft, which was dated May 14, was "an old version that has been considerably modified". If they fail to do so, fresh elections look inevitable.

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