What Happened: Italy's Democratic Party is willing to enter a coalition government with the Five Star Movement, but only if there will be a change in government policy from the previous administration on issues such as immigration and institutional reform, according to Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti, Il Sole 24 Ore reported Aug. 22.
Why It Matters: The Democratic Party's willingness to reach an agreement with the Five Star Movement increases the chances that the two groups can form a new coalition government to avoid an early general election. However, negotiations could still lead to friction between them, because some of Zingaretti's demands will likely be incompatible with Five Star's anti-establishment platform.
Background: The right-wing League party demanded an early election on Aug. 8, effectively ending its coalition government with the Five Star Movement. Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, is hoping that his party can perform strongly in an early vote and increase its share of parliamentary seats.
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