This file combo made on May 10, 2018 shows anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio and the leader of the far-right party Lega Matteo Salvini.(AFP/Tiziana FABI)
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Italy's populist parties will be sworn in to power on Friday in Rome after they reached a new coalition deal, narrowly avoiding snap elections and setting in motion an anti-austerity government in the eurozone's third largest economy.From the coalition, far-right League leader Matteo Salvini was named interior minister while Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio is slated to become minister for economic development.Paolo Savona, the eurosceptic economist who the populist coalition originally wanted for economy minister but rejected by Mattarella, is still part of the cabinet as European Affairs minister.The role of economy minister was given to the less controversial Giovanni Tria, a political economist who advocates slashing taxes but is in favour of keeping Italy in the euro.Just forty-eight hours ago Italy had looked to be on course for snap elections after coalition talks between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League collapsed over the weekend.On Thursday EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned against blaming the EU for all of Italy's problems.
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