Italy’s PM Conte to issue ultimatum over government on Monday – papers

FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives for a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/Pool

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will present an ultimatum to fractious ruling parties on Monday to speed up government action or face his resignation, Italian newspapers La Repubblica and Il Corriere della Sera reported.

Conte will make clear in a speech in the afternoon that he has no intention of being subjected to any European Union disciplinary procedure over public debt, La Repubblica reported citing several sources.

The European Commission wrote to Italy last week asking for an explanation as to why public debt rose in 2018 instead of falling as required, setting the stage for a possible legal clash with Italy’s eurosceptic coalition.