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Analysts at Danske Bank note that over the weekend, there were calls from Italy for the ECB to prolong the QE programme.

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“The point was made by Italian cabinet Undersecretary  Giancarlo Giorgetti, who is a prominent member of the League, the government coalition partner. We doubt the ECB has any plans to do so, possibly setting the new Italian government up for a clash with the ECB later in the autumn. This will be in addition to a fight with the EU commission over the country’s budgetary stance.”

“On this issue, there were fresh reports that the government plans significant new spending on infrastructure in the wake of the Genoa bridge collapse, boosting the deficit to 1.6% of GDP instead of the 0.8% of GDP planned by the previous administration.”