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Dispute over railway line: Shatters Italy's coalition?

For years, fought in Italy on the construction of the high speed railway line Turin-Lyon. Now, could break it, even the government. Until Monday a decision.

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Dispute over railway line: Shatters Italy's coalition?

For years, fought in Italy on the construction of the high speed railway line Turin-Lyon. Now, could break it, even the government. Until Monday a decision.

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, of the Five-star movement takes the ugly word in the mouth: "I'm really surprised by this threat of a government crisis, which comes from the Minister Salvini," says Di Maio.

government crisis - even the otherwise restrained "Corriere della Sera" writes: The coalition of Matteo Salvini's Lega Nord and the Five star movement is standing "on the edge of the abyss".

the power struggle in Italy

cause a sort of Italian "Stuttgart 21". For almost 15 years, fought in Italy on the construction of the high speed line Turin-Lyon - on the Italian short-TAV. On Monday, the government in Rome to the vow, and then you have to give the green light for construction tenders in the amount of 2.3 billion euros - or the project tilt.

The Five-star movement had a ' no ' to the route in the choice program, the Minister of the interior Salvini makes it clear: He wants to enforce the high-speed rail route. "I'm used to it, until the very end, if I set something in the head, I am convinced that it uses - the Italians, the entrepreneurs, the commuters," said Salvini. "And that's why I want to do more. I want a in Italy going forward."

No Minister of the Lega, threatens Salvini direction of the Five-star movement, will lift his Hand to stop the construction of the TAV. It is a martial announcement of the coalition partners. For the resistance against the high-speed road for years, an identification issue.

interior Minister Matteo Salvini: "We will see who wins out in the end."

"I'm a dick head"

movement insists on the coalition agreement, in the stands, the route must be completely discussed. Not only Di Maio understands the current Pro-TAV-muscle games of his Co-Deputy Prime Minister, but as a threat to the coalition fraction. Salvini himself just shrugs his shoulders: "let's Look at who has the harder head. I'm a thick-head. We will see who wins out in the end."

The Lega politician in the coalition armed with a trump: Says Italian government ' no ' to the construction of the TAV, to more than 800 million in funding from Brussels will be lost to the country. There is also the construction of the high-speed rail is a binding agreement between Italy and France, would Rome damage in addition to damages in the billions threaten.

hit Yet this week the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, under the pressure of the Five-star movement on the side of the TAV-skeptics. "I am currently not convinced that this infrastructure project is what Italy needs."

Higher costs?

Conte and the Five-star movement argue, among other things, a calculation of the Five-star movement-led Ministry of transport. After that, the cost of the TAV would be higher than the Benefits, and in addition, damage to the environment.

advocates, however, see an economic Benefit through the high-speed road, which is a crucial part of the planned European rail link from Spain to Budapest.

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio: "This is a weekend of work."

decision must be

for Months, have been kept by the coalition partners in Rome, the dispute is small - in the Knowledge that you are no subject of politically further apart. Now a decision must be found.

Di Maio said: "This is a weekend of work." Because Brussels has issued an Ultimatum: Until Monday, the concession company must Assess the tenders for the construction of, using, otherwise, the EU would freeze up at the end of March, as promised, the 300-million-Euro Tranche.

This also means: Only until Monday, Italy's government has time to find a compromise.

government in Rome, threatens to break in the dispute to "Italian Stuttgart21"
Jörg Seisselberg, ARD Rome
08.03.2019 21:12 PM

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