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Anti-EU government takes power in Italy

’s newly appointed Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) receives a silver bell from former Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni during the bell ceremony, signifying the start of the first cabinet meeting, at Chigi palace in Rome on June 1, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Italy’s anti-EU populist government has been sworn in after months of political turmoil, averting new snap elections.
New Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his cabinet members took oath before President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace on Friday to be the first populist government in an EU founding member.
The anti-establishment government took the reins in Italy after the populist parties reached a coalition deal to end months of political turmoil.
Italy’s new snap elections were looming but on Thursday, Mattarella named political novice Conte as premier for the second time in less than two weeks and approved his revised cabinet forged by the nationalist League and anti-establishment Five Star Movement.
“The new right is in power,” Italy’s left-leaning newspaper La Repubblica said.
Germany, the economic powerhouse of the Eurozone, vowed an “open” stance towards the new government, but European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Italians needed to “do more work, less corruption” and stop blaming the EU for their woes.
The anti-austerity coalition plans to increase spending and intends to renegotiate EU treaties and review the bloc’s economic governance.
The coalition deal turns the page on months of political turmoil that gripped Italy since the March 4 elections, in which no single party secured a majority. The 5-Star emerged as the single largest group while an alliance of rightist parties, including the anti-immigrant League, took the most seats.