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Report: Italy's Salvini ready to end coalition if 5-Star opposes fiscal measures

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini is willing to end his alliance with the 5-Star Movement if his national coalition partner opposes his proposed fiscal measures, Bloomberg News reported May 30, citing two sources.

Salvini told lawmakers in a closed-door session in Rome that he wants to keep the coalition intact, but that the future of the alliance hinges on 5-Star's support for his policy proposals including a flat tax. Salvini had previously dismissed talks of a coalition reshuffle in the wake of the European parliamentary elections, during which the League emerged as the biggest Italian party.

5-Star, on the other hand, saw its support dwindle, forcing its leader Luigi Di Maio to call a party confidence vote, scheduled for May 30.

Di Maio accused Salvini of being "irresponsible" over the latter's comments indicating the willingness to breach EU fiscal protocols.

The European Commission yesterday sent a letter to the Italian government warning it of excessive debt levels, setting the stage for a potential standoff between Rome and the EU.