Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Northern League won't 'ally with PdL if Berlusconi runs'

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Rome, December 12 - The Northern League has
reportedly told Silvio Berlusconi that it will not revive its
alliance with his People of Freedom (PdL) party if he stands at
upcoming national elections.
The PdL and the League's long-standing alliance ended after
Berlusconi's third government collapsed last year when Italy's
debt crisis forced the 76-year-old media magnate to resign from
office.
The League were staunch opponents of Premier Mario Monti's
emergency technocrat government from the time it took over
power.
The PdL, meanwhile, backed it until last week, when it
withdrew its support and Berlusconi said he had dropped plans to
retire from front-line politics and would stand again.
"I'll try to convince him to take a step back (and not
run)," Northern League leader Roberto Maroni was quoted as
saying by La Republica before meeting Berlusconi late on
Tuesday.
"If I lose with him on the field, we're finished".
The PdL is currently the biggest group in parliament but it
has slipped to third place in the polls behind the centre-left
Democratic Party and comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment
Five Star Movement.
"I don't think he'll run in the end," Maroni was quoted as
saying by La Republica.
"No one knows how to read the polls better than him and
sooner or later he'll realise that his decision to stand damages
himself too".
There had been speculation Maroni was tempted to recreate
the alliance with the PdL in exchange for its backing for his
bid to become the governor of Lombardy, the region around Milan.

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