"The Italian ruling party Femstjärnerörelsen forming a new populistgrupp in the EU-parliament for the spring election."
"A senior politicians in the other ruling party, the Lega warning that Italy may have to leave the union."
"Femstjärnerörelsen (M5S) will join with four other parties for the spring elections: Finnish Liike the Nyt, Croatian Zivi Zid, Polish Kukiz'15 and Greek Akkel," says the party leader Luigi di Maio, who is also Italy's deputy prime minister."
"According to the Italian group will work for more direct democracy. Femstjärnerörelsen sits to this day in the EU-critical partigruppen EFDD, where he had previously included."
"A senior politicians in Italy's other governing party, ytterhögerpartiet the Lega, at the same time that Italy may have to leave the EU if the elections do not go as they wish."
"Either we succeed with to change the face of Europe now, or we will have to leave," says Claudio Borghi, the lega's economic policy spokesperson, who also leads the work of the Italian house of commons committee on budgets."
" I think this is the last chance."
"Legaledaren Matteo Salvini, who is also one of two deputy prime ministers, has met with leaders in Poland and Hungary, and together they have expressed hopes to form a högerpopulistisk and conservative alliance within the EU."
"But Salvini reject their organ Borghis statements, and say that it is the party's stance:"
" We have no intention to leave Europe. We want to change it, improve it, but not abandon it, " he says."
"The Italian government has since it took office, ended up arguing with the EU commission. Italy has the eu's second highest public debt after Greece, and when the M5S and the northern league would honour its election promises in a single budget went to Brussels in between, with reference to a too high set the deficit target set."
"the M5S is the larger party in the Italian cooperation between governments, but most polls show that the Lega has almost doubled its support since the election last spring and passed on."
"the Italian government took office in June last year after months of political uncertainty and difficult negotiations. The government consists of a coalition between the populist Femstjärnerörelsen and xenophobic Lega. Several cabinet ministers, including the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, is the party."
"the Government stands by its EU-critical stance, the promises of välfärdssatsningar and harsh migration policy."
"Femstjärnerörelsen (M5S) got the most votes of all the parties in the elections in march 2018. The party, which was formed in 2009, questioning Italy's membership of the EU, and advocates direct democracy. It has also advocated the introduction of the so-called 'guaranteed income'."
"the northern league was previously called the Lega Nord and grew up in northern Italy in the late 1980s. The party want a federal Italy with far-reaching regional autonomy, but in recent years, the federal question toned down. The party profiles itself now that the EU-critical and invandrarfientligt."
"Source: Foreign policy institute"