Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

IMU tax elimination a move to save government, says Monti

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Rome, August 29 - The move to eliminate the
controversial IMU tax by Italian Premier Enrico Letta was fueled
by his desire to ensure that his fragile left-right coalition
doesn't collapse, ex-premier Mario Monti said on Thursday.
Centre-left Democratic Party (PD) member Letta "preferred
to assure the survival of the government by surrendering," Monti
said in an interview on Italian state-run TV RAI.
"I continue to hope that this government lasts, but I hope
they have a backbone and that they do not become spineless and
at the mercy of pressure from the other party (Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom party)," Monti said.
Government ministers finalized a deal to readjust the
controversial property tax known as IMU on Wednesday, agreeing
to plug the revenue hole with spending cuts and not by raising
taxes.
Former premier Berlusconi and supporters of his
People of Freedom (PdL) party have threatened to bring down
Letta's government since its founding in April if it failed to
roll back the tax, a central plank in his campaign platform in
February elections when his centre-right party roared to second
and ultimately won a junior partnership in the current
left-right coalition.

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