Italian president Sergio Mattarella calls in contested candidate for prime minister

Nathalie Tocci of the Istituto Affari Internazionali discusses the outlook for Italy’s populist coalition government

Nathalie Tocci of the Istituto Affari Internazionali discusses the outlook for Italy’s populist coalition government

A League official, however, said the reported questioning of Conte's candidacy was not completely accurate, without elaborating.

The New York Times earlier today questioned Conte's curriculum vitae, which says that he stayed from 2008 to 2012, every summer and "for periods of not less than a month, at New York University, to flawless and update his studies".

Italian media shops are scrutinizing the 12-page resume of College of Florence legislation professor Guiseppe Conte for indicators the person nominated by two rival events to be premier may had embellished his credentials.

The 12-page resume covering the years since Guiseppe Conte earned his law degree from Rome's Sapienza University in 1988 includes entries for time spent at an array of top universities in the United States, Britain and France, without specifying the courses or areas of research he undertook.

If the Italian president accepts Mr Conte's nomination, despite his total lack of political experience, he could be...

The Slowest       Italy 2018 GDP growth rate seen to be the lowest in euro area              Source European Commission May forecast
The Slowest Italy 2018 GDP growth rate seen to be the lowest in euro area Source European Commission May forecast

Five Star said in a statement that Conte in his CV "clearly wrote that he perfected and updated his studies at New York University".

The resume also says Mr Conte studied at the International Kultur Institut in Vienna in 1993.

Italy's 5-Star Motion is defending Giuseppe Conte, tapped to turn out to be the nation's subsequent premier, towards reviews accusing him of overstating his affiliations with elite worldwide universities in his resume. "For a professor of his level, the opposite would have been odd", the movement said.

The office of President Sergio Mattarella announced Conte has been summoned for a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The two populist blocs had proposed Conte as their compromise candidate for premier after inconclusive March 4 national elections led to a hung parliament, with the anti-establishment 5-Stars and anti-immigrant League emerging as the biggest winners. "I feel like he's walking in the lion's den with Salvini and Di Maio, but we'll see".

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