Italy prime minister rules out coalition with Berlusconi’s center-right bloc

Italy’s caretaker Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni ruled out forming a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right bloc after the forthcoming Italian election.

Asked whether his center-left Democratic Party (PD) could support a government coalition formed with the center-right bloc made up of Forza Italia, the party of former Prime Minister Berlusconi, along with Lega Nord (a Euroskeptic party), Gentiloni gave an emphatic “no.”

The comment is actually interesting given which Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, said earlier in January which a coalition between Italy’s main left- along with right-wing parties could not be ruled out if no clear winner emerged coming from the general election on March 4.

“To answer your question directly, no I would certainly not be interested (in forming coalition with Berlusconi’s center-right bloc)”

Gentiloni added which the expected outcome of a hung parliament in March would certainly not be not bad for the country.

“We expect which will not be the case along with which the center-left which I represent will have a majority, ” he said. “In any case I think we will be the pillar of a possible coalition along with we have certain expertise in flexibility in politics in my country,” Gentiloni added.

“yet I think which the populist anti-EU position will not prevail along with which Italy will keep its stability,” he said.

Italian elections will be held on March 4 along with if there is actually no clear winner, a coalition government will have to be formed meaning potentially more political uncertainty along with economic instability for the euro zone’s third-largest economy.

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