Anti-establishment 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio speaks following a talk with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, April 12, 2018. (REUTERS/Max Rossi/File Photo)
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The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League have made "significant steps" towards forming a government, the two parties said on Thursday as Italy looked to end nine weeks of political deadlock.Italy's top share index fell more than 1.5 percent to its lowest level of the month.Italy has been stuck in political limbo since an inconclusive March 4 election that saw a centre-right bloc, including the anti-immigrant League, win the most seats, and the 5-Star emerge the largest single party by far.Both parties also want to renegotiate the EU's fiscal rules to allow Italy to spend more. 5-Star has rowed back on a pledge to hold a referendum on Italy's membership of the euro zone, but the League still calls the euro a "flawed currency" and wants to exit it as soon as is politically feasible.
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