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Di Maio meets 5-Star Movement's economic team

Adnkronos International, Rome — Adnkronos International, Rome

Sept. 11--Italy's foreign minister and leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement Luigi Di Maio held talks at the foreign ministry on Wednesday with his party's economic team, 5-Star sources said.

The reported meeting came ahead of the Ecofin and Eurogroup in Helsinki on Friday and Saturday, attended by Italy's new finance minister Roberto Gualtieri, from the pro-European Democratic Party (PD).

Italy's new left-leaning PD-5-Star government has said it wants to reform the European Union's rigid fiscal rules which require member states to keep cutting their deficits and to aim for a balanced budget in the long term.

The rules of the Growth and Stability pact were the main source of friction between Brussels and the previous, eurosceptic government in heavily indebted Italy.

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