Impasse continues, but warns speculators

Deputy Prime Minister Salvini speaks:

  • No Italian bank will collapse
  • Government won't backtrack even by half a millimeter on budget
  • Italy is ready to respond if anyone is thinking of speculating and using bond spreads to try to weaken it
  • Sees no objection to possible Monte Paschi merger with another bank, "if it makes economic sense"

The German/Italy 10 year spread is trading at 307 bps. It was near 320 on Wednesday.