Italian President Sergio Mattarella (L) talks with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the Quirinale Presidential palace in Rome, Italy, December 28, 2017. Picture taken December 28, 2017. (Presidential Press Office/Handout via Reuters)
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Italy's main political forces began in earnest Sunday to plot strategies for the upcoming general election, as the country's finance minister raised a red flag over political uncertainty in the eurozone's third largest economy.The anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), which supports a hotchpotch of policies from across the ideological spectrum, is the leading single party in opinion polls, with some 28 percent of the vote, ahead of the PD's 25 percent.But sailing comfortably ahead is a centre-right coalition made up of Berlusconi's Go Italy, the anti-immigrant Northern League and smaller right-wing Brothers of Italy, currently forecast to take home over 35 percent of the vote.Under a new electoral law, roughly 40 percent of the vote is needed to govern.
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