Leader of the League party, Matteo Salvini, addresses the media after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale presidential palace, in Rome, Monday, May 14, 2018. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)
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Italian far-right and anti-establishment leaders were locked in the final stages of negotiations over a coalition deal Thursday that could end over two months of political deadlock.Populist Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and head of the nationalist League Matteo Salvini were discussing the deal at the Italian parliament after a summit in Rome on Wednesday evening that Salvini's spokesman Luca Morisi said was aimed at nailing down a "few issues". The gap between Italy's and Germany's 10-year borrowing rates dropped four points to 147 after climbing 20 points to 151 on Wednesday -- a sign that investor concerns over Italy's financial stability had eased.The Italian stock market opened on Wednesday with a slight increase of 0.3 percent after taking a 2.32 percent hit on Wednesday.
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