5Star leader Luigi Di Maio, flanked by Danilo Toninelli and Giulia Grillo, following consultations with Italian president Sergio Mattarella in April.
5 Star and League agree, Luxembourg resident stable after Paris attack, US sanctions over Iran, Beitar add Trump to name. Delano’s breakfast briefing.
Italian parties reach deal
Politico reports that Italy’s Five Star Movement and the League have reached an agreement to form the country’s next government. The parties are to meet with Italian president Sergio Mattarella on Monday to present an agreed candidate for prime minister. 5Star leader Luigi Di Maio told reporters on Sunday that the candidate they have agreed upon is a “a politician, not a technocrat”, a reference to the warning from Mattarella that he would impose a “neutral government” on the country until fresh elections took place. Neither Di Maio nor the League leader Matteo Salvini wanted the other to lead the government following March’s election results, which left them as the two largest parties in parliament.
Luxembourg resident among Paris wounded
A 34-year old resident of Luxembourg was among the victims of the Paris knife attack on Saturday night. The foreign office reported that the man was no longer in danger after receiving emergency treatment. He and his family are being given support by the Luxembourg embassy in Paris. The attacker, a Chechen man who had been on the police radar for radicalism, was killed by police after the stabbing spree near the Opera Garnier.
US could target European companies over Iran
John Bolton has said it is “possible” that the United States would impose sanctions against firms that continue to do business in Iran. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” programme, President Trump’s national security adviser said it depended “on the conduct of other governments”. The Guardian reports that Bolton predicted that “the Europeans will see that it’s in their interests to come along with us” rather than continue with the deal. Trump announced last Tuesday that the United States was withdrawing from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Trump soccer honour
Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem, which has a reputation for racism among some of its fans, is renaming itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem. The move was announced on Sunday, on the eve of the official inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. “President Trump has shown courage, and true love of the Israeli people and their capital,” statement from the football club reads. The club was the subject of a documentary screened at the 2017 Luxembourg City Film Festival.