After their weekend derby disappointment, Juventus will need favours from elsewhere if they are to secure a fourth consecutive Serie A title in front of their own fans on Wednesday. Fourteen points clear at the top of the table with six matches remaining, Massimiliano Allegri's side entertain Fiorentina at the Juventus Stadium knowing a win will see them confirmed as champions provided nearest rivals Lazio slip up at home to Parma. A draw could also be enough for the Bianconeri to clinch their 31st scudetto this midweek, but only if Lazio, Roma and Napoli all fail to win, with the latter not in action away to Empoli until Thursday. In the last week, Juve have gone from the high of winning through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 12 years to the low of losing 2-1 to city rivals Torino, their first defeat in the so-called 'Derby della Mole' since 1995.
Britain's Liberal Democrats, possible kingmakers after a May 7 election, on Tuesday demanded a 'stability budget' within 50 days of the vote as a pre-condition of any coalition with either Conservative leader David Cameron or Labour's Ed Miliband. With neither Cameron nor Miliband expected to win an outright majority, the Liberal Democrats are eyeing a second term as junior coalition partner, positioning themselves in the centre ground as a possible partner to either party. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said instability stoked by unfunded election pledges from the Conservatives and vague fiscal targets from Labour would necessitate a post-election budget to decide how and when Britain's books would be balanced.
By William Schomberg and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy slowed more sharply than expected in the first three months of 2015, a setback for Prime Minister David Cameron who has staked his campaign for re-election next week on the strength of the recovery. Gross domestic product grew by 0.3 percent in the January-March period, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday. It was the slowest quarterly growth since the end of 2012 when there were fears Britain was heading into recession.