Italy

Coalition plan falls apart

Italy’s president on Sunday vetoed a euro-skeptic choice for economy minister, foiling a bid by populists to form Italy’s next government and increasing the prospects of a quick return to the polls, 12 weeks after national elections produced a political impasse. The two rival populists who forged a governing coalition together exploded in anger after President Sergio Mattarella said he was refusing to appoint a minister whose views could rattle already nervous markets and drive up Italy’s staggeringly high debt. Luigi Di Maio, who was determined to see his anti-establishment 5-Star Movement achieve power for the first time, raised the specter of a move to impeach Mattarella, who must approve any new government.

Ethiopia

Landslide kills at least 23

A landslide triggered by heavy seasonal rains killed 23 people in the country’s Oromia region, Ethiopia’s state-affiliated broadcaster reported Sunday. Fana Broadcasting said the landslide happened Saturday evening after hours of rain in the area. The report said 16 of the fatalities were women; six other people were transported to health centers with serious injuries, officials said.

GermanY

Nationalists, foes march

Supporters of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party marched through central Berlin to protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government Sunday, and were kept away from a raft of counterdemonstrations by a heavy police presence. Police said over 5,000 people turned out for the demonstration organized by the anti-migration Alternative for Germany, known by its German acronym AfD. A variety of counterprotests against the far right attracted well over 25,000 people in total, they said.

Poland

Disability aid protest ends

A group of parents who occupied part of the Polish parliament with their disabled children abandoned their protest of state assistance payments Sunday after over a month. Cheering crowds greeted them as they pushed their grown children in wheelchairs away from the complex. Although ending their sit-in, the protesters continued their push for more aid. They secured an increase in monthly disability payments during the protest but not as much as they had sought. The government would like to do more, a spokeswoman said Sunday, but the state budget would not accommodate bigger increases.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires