Italy’s Meloni hails “courageous” budget, opposition plans protests

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By Giuseppe Fonte and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) -Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni presented her government’s first budget on Tuesday, calling it a “courageous” package even as the opposition said it targeted the poor and planned street protests. The 2023 budget, approved by cabinet in the early hours of the morning, focuses on curbing sky-high energy bills and cutting taxes for payroll workers and the self-employed. It now goes to parliament, which must pass it by the end of the year. “I consider it a courageous and coherent budget, courageous in the sense that it bets on the future,” Me…

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