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5-Star Movement could quit government over Turin-Lion rail link - official

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5-Star Movement could quit government over Turin-Lion rail link - official
FILE PHOTO: Part of the tunnel of a high-speed train line, known as TAV (Treno Alta Velocita) is seen in Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte, France, November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File Photo   -   Copyright  Massimo Pinca(Reuters)
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ROME (Reuters) – The 5-Star Movement is ready to quit the government if a plan to build a Turin-Lion high-speed rail link is not scrapped, a senior official in the party said on Tuesday.

The project, known in Italy as TAV and meant to connect the Italian city of Turin with Lyon in France, has been delayed for months because Italy’s ruling 5-Star Movement opposes it, while its coalition partner the League is in favour.

A government meeting on the issue was scheduled for Tuesday.

“If we have to go home because we do not want to waste money for and old infrastructure, I do not see the problem,” Stefano Buffagni, a 5-Star undersecretary in the prime minister’s office, told a TV talk show.

The European Commission has repeatedly said that it could cut funds it has already allocated to the project if the protracted delays continue.

(Reporting by Francesca Piscioneri, editing by Silvia Aloisi)

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