But Angelino Alfano, secretary of Mr Berlusconi’s People of Liberty party, said on Tuesday night that an agreement on reform measures had been reached with the Northern League that would hold the coalition together and assure economic growth. Details were not immediately available.
Talks between the coalition parties continued into the night, indicating no substantial agreement on reforms had been reached.
Mr Bossi said later he was pessimistic and dug in his heels over pension changes. “If we touch pensions the people will kill us,” he told reporters.
Italian government on brink of collapse - FT