Posts tagged Sergio Mattarella
Salvini Loses His First Battle Of The Message

Ever since Matteo Salvini became leader of The League (Lega) in 2013, he has been simply masterful. In just five years, he took a party given up for dead and made it the first political party in Italy. He transformed Lega from a regional secessionist movement into one of the main nationalist parties in Europe. At every turn, Salvini has proven his critics wrong. When he became Minister of the Interior (Italy’s equivalent of Secretary of Homeland Security), the “experts” confidently declared that he would not be able to stop the flow of migrants as promised during the campaign. In a few weeks, he turned the migrant wave from Africa into a trickle. As Il Capitano (Salvini’s nickname The Captain) scored victory after victory, an aura of invincibility surrounded him and his political enemies began to despair. Even his harshest critics, praised Salvini’s communication skills. His uncanny ability to distill complex matters into simple, easily digestible and memorable lines - that is until this month.


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Italy's Populist Government Comes To An End

After fourteen months, the populist government of Italy comes to an end.  Berlin and Paris must be rejoicing that Matteo Salvini, who has been a thorn on their side, will be leaving government. Within hours of Premier Giuseppe Conte announcing his resignation, the NGO ship Open Arms was able to dock on Italian shores and deliver its merchandise of desperate Africans for the oligarchs to exploit. More ships are sure to dock in the coming days.  #CrisiDiGoverno

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How the Italian Establishment Helped the Populists Win

It has been a tumultuous three months in Italian politics, complete with high drama, plot twists, and the breaking of well-established norms. Just as events seemed to be spinning out of control, all the key players were able to step back from the brink and engineer a happy ending – especially for the populists. It was never supposed have turned out this way. The Italian establishment took every precaution to make sure that the populists would never be able to enter the halls of power – or that if they did, they would be kept on a tight leash. In the end, the unthinkable happened. The two populist parties – Five Star Movement on the Left and La Lega (The League) on the Right – came together, agreed on a legislative agenda for the next five years, and formed the first populist government in Western Europe. It is the old establishment that finds itself on the outside looking in.

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