November 23, 2018 / 6:44 AM / a year ago

Italy open to dialogue with EU, will not tweak budget's pillars - Deputy PM

FILE PHOTO: Deputy Prime Minister of Italy Luigi Di Maio arrives before a consistory ceremony to install 14 new cardinals in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, June 28 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy will show the highest willingness to negotiate with the European institutions but it is not prepared to change the main pillars of its 2019 budget, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio told daily La Repubblica on Friday.

“Our aim is not to start a war with Europe, but we want to make good on promises (to voters),” Di Maio told the newspaper.

The government does not want to leave Europe or the euro, Di Maio repeated.

Reporting by Francesca Landini; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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