November 21, 2018 / 8:38 PM / a month ago

Italy not looking for clash with EU over budget - Deputy PM Salvini

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini arrives after police confiscated a villa built illegally by an alleged Mafia family in Rome, Italy, November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday his government should be allowed to get on with its job and was not looking to clash with the European Union over its budget.

“I would like Europe to let us work. I am not looking for a conflict, I have enough to do without having to fight with anyone,” Salvini said in an interview with Rete4 television.

Salvini, leader of the League party, reiterated that his government wanted a dialogue with the European Commision and had no intention to leave the EU.

“I just want Italians to be treated like all the others, the French, the German...” Salvini said.

Reporting by Giulia Segreti; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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