Italy’s Salvini says all EU budget constraints should be removed

Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini assures the government will not collapse in view of the upcoming European Union elections on May 26. (Reuters pic)

ROME: European Union budget rules limiting the deficit and debt that each member state is allowed to run should be removed to free up the bloc’s economies, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said today.

“We must get out from the cage,” Salvini said in a interview with broadcaster Canale 5, adding that EU policy over the past decade had brought “precariousness and despair”.

Salvini, who is leader of the ruling League party, said the government would not collapse following the European parliament election on May 26.

Italian newspapers have speculated that the fractious coalition might break apart if the League trounces its cabinet ally the 5-Star Movement at the polls.