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Government Program: Immigration Crackdown and Budget-Busting Measures

government program: Conte, 53, immediately sought to reassure international allies, confirming Italy's place and commitments in Europe and acknowledging the delicate and difficult phase the European Union was entering with budget negotiations looming, according to CTV. But the premier-designate also stressed that his first priorities were Italians themselves, and that he was committed to implementing a government program agreed to by the 5-Star and League leadership that calls for budget-busting measures and an immigration crackdown. Conte, a law professor who never has held political office, met with President Sergio Mattarella for nearly two hours amid concern in Brussels and markets made skittish by the possibility of Europe's third-largest economy taking an isolationist turn. I will be the defence lawyer of the Italian people, he said in brief remarks at the presidential palace before departing in a taxi. Once the Conte-headed government is sworn in, its policy agenda would be put to confidence votes in both houses of parliament, where the two blocs have a slight majority. With a mandate in hand, Conte must now huddle with the 5-Stars and League to finalize a list of Cabinet ministers to present to Mattarella. ( As reported in the news.