Italy’s M5S party ‘doesn’t like ESM reform, but will approve it’

“I’m sure there will be no problems with this vote”, said Crimi, noting, however, that M5S still "doesn't like the reform", particularly as it views the ESM as "an obsolete, inadequate instrument". [EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO PERI]

A majority of MPs in the Italian parliament will vote in favour of reform of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) on Wednesday, Vito Crimi, the acting leader of populist party Five Star Movement (M5S), told TV channel Rai 3 on Sunday.

“I’m sure there will be no problems with this vote”, said Crimi, noting, however, that M5S still “doesn’t like the reform”, particularly as it views the ESM as “an obsolete, inadequate instrument”.

“In December 2019 we could still say ‘no’ to it. Now we’re in the middle of a pandemic crisis. The EU has shown that it can create new instruments. We have to look ahead and this reform is a way to close a chapter”, Crimi concluded.

However, Foreign Minister and M5S member Luigi Di Maio said the reform “doesn’t have a majority”, fueling rumours of possible problems within the government coalition. (Alessandro Follis | EURACTIV.it)

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