ITALY’s two populist parties could be set to join forces to build a coalition majority in a move viewed by critics as the most destabilising potential outcome of the election.
Lega and the Five Star Movement could rise to power in a shocking change of direction for Italy in protest of years of painful rules from Brussels.Despite the deep ideological differences between the Eurosceptic party and fellow insurgents Five Star, Fabrizio Nusca, a vet and local official with Italy’s Lega party, believes an alliance is worth a shot.
He said: “There are similarities in our platforms, we share some things. If we find a few common issues to work on, it’s feasible.”
Mr Nusca is still lapping up his anti-immigrant party’s gains following the general election on March 4.
He said: “We expected a signal from the voters and it came.”
Lega, translated as The League, took 18 percent of the vote in Mr Nusca’s town Cerveteri, which lies about 25 miles north-west of Rome, compared with 0.1 percent in 2013.
Meanwhile Five Star, founded in 2009 by comedian Beppe Grillo, took home 34 percent of the vote in the town.
It was a similar story in the national vote, with Five Star winning 32 percent, making them the largest party in parliament, and Lega coming out as the leading conservative force, with 18 percent of the vote.
But after voters delivered a damaging rebuke to the establishment in the polls, questions are emerging about whether the two populist parties can set aside their significant political and cultural differences to join forces to form an alliance in government.
EU investors and policymakers fear a coalition between the pair, based on defiance of EU fiscal rules and economic nationalism, could cause clashes with Brussels and damage confidence in the country’s ability to pay off its significant debt.