New Italian government put on hold as M5S ask for 'more time'

Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks following a talk with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome Italy

On Sunday, it seemed like an EU-scaring deal had been struck between the anti-establishment 5Star Movement and far-right League.

Talks between Salvini and Mattarella were under way Monday evening at the president's office.

It didn't pan out that way.

Italy's populist parties asked for more time to form a government on Monday as they thrashed out a wild spending spree that would cost the country more than €100 billion (£88 billion) and set it on a collision course with the EU.

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Members of both parties met over the weekend to put together a policy programme with Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio stating it had agreed the outlines of a government with the League.

After meeting Mattarella for a quick round of consultations on Monday, the League's leader Matteo Salvini said there were still "key issues" to be settled with the 5Stars. Di Maio, however, also confirmed that more work is needed to reach a deal and that no names of possible premiers would be made public.

Italy has been in political deadlock since an inconclusive March 4 election, which was dominated by concerns over a struggling economy, the refugee crisis and illegal immigration.

"We are making an enormous effort because if I was only thinking in terms of political, party and personal convenience, we would have left a long time ago", Mr. Salvini said at the Monday news conference at the president's Quirinal Palace.

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Five Star and the League have been negotiating a power-sharing deal since last Wednesday, when Salvini's right-wing coalition partner, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, gave the green light for the pair to form a government without his Forza Italia party.

The person is expected to be from neither from the League nor M5S and will also probably be someone who will heed Mattarella's warnings against nationalism.

At the March polls, Five Star emerged as Italy's largest single party in parliament by far after winning almost 33% of the vote.

In a no-deal scenario, Mattarella has said he would appoint a "neutral government" to take care of urgent business - namely an European Union summit in late June on migration, budget and banking reforms - and to organize new elections in July or September-October.

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Italy has the highest debt levels in the Eurozone, second only to Greece.

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