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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte delivers his speech on the budget law at the Senate, in Rome, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert legal action over the country's budget plans, which the EU's executive arm had warned could break euro …

Italian Senate Passes Budget, Tweaked to Satisfy EU Demands

ROME (AP) — After a raucous marathon session, the Italian Senate early Sunday approved a national budget law that was tweaked after the European Union objected to plans by Italy’s populist government to satisfy expensive campaign promises with a large deficit.

Italy's Lega Nord party (Northern League) Matteo Salvini answers questions at the Foreign Press Association in Rome on February 22, 2018. Salvini and his coalition run for the March 4, 2018 vote aimed at electing Parliament and Senate members. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO …

Poll: Populist Salvini the Most Trusted Politician in Italy

The leader of Italy’s League Party, Matteo Salvini, has won over the hearts and minds of the majority of Italians and now enjoys the trust of a remarkable 56 percent of citizens, according to a poll released this week.

Paolo Savona talks on a phone at the Ambrosetti economic workshop on competition in the financial markets at Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy, Friday, March 10, 2000. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy Faces Showdown Over Populist Candidate for Finance Minister

Having confirmed the techno-populist prime minister Giuseppe Conte, Italian president Sergio Mattarella is now seeking to impede the nomination of Eurosceptic Paolo Savona as finance minister, who could become the linchpin of the populist plan for Italy’s economic reboot.