About: Luigi Di Maio

Future EU 17-09-2018

Italy’s Di Maio threatens to punish unfriendly newspapers

Luigi Di Maio, a key figure in Italy's populist government, has taken aim at the country's newspapers, accusing them of "polluting the debate" and threatening to pull advertising by state-owned companies.
Politics 14-09-2018

Commission seeks dialogue with Five Star Movement, isolating Lega

Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger flew to Rome on Thursday (13 September),  as part of a series of official visits he is doing to present the long-term EU budget (MFF) proposal. But he only talked to Italian deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement.
Economy & Jobs 04-09-2018

Italy on collision course with EU over budget deficit

Party leaders in the Italian coalition government signalled they will seek leeway from the EU to increase next year's budget deficit, heading on a collision course with the European Commission and investors who want it cut.
Elections 29-08-2018

Oettinger warns Italy not to block EU budget talks

It is in no one's interest to hold up budget negotiations at the European Union, the bloc's budget chief warned Tuesday (28 August) after Italy threatened a blockade over the migrant issue.
EU Elections 2019 29-08-2018

Salvini and Orbán launch anti-immigration manifesto ahead of EU elections

Hungary’s illiberal Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini launched Tuesday (28 August) an anti-migration manifesto aiming at next year's European parliament elections, targeting a common enemy.

Italy threatens to veto EU’s long-term budget over migration crisis

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday (27 August) threatened to veto the European Union's seven-year budget plan should the bloc not do more to share the burden of migrant arrivals.
Transport 28-08-2018

‘Absurd’ Genoa bridge collapse triggers nationalisation row

Italy’s deputy prime ministers are in disagreement over whether the country’s motorway network should be nationalised following the tragic bridge collapse in Genoa on 14 August.
Future EU 27-08-2018

‘EU is filth’, Salvini lashes out as tensions between Rome and Brussels grow

Although the 150 migrants stranded on the Diciotti rescue ship were able to disembark on Sunday (26 August), Italy’s firebrand Interior Minister Matteo Salvini engaged in another vilification of the EU, calling it “filth” and reiterating threats to stop EU funding.
Future EU 24-08-2018

Commission hardens the tone with Italy, says will not bow to threats

The European Commission said on Friday (24 August) it will not bow to threats such as those made by Italian deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio, who warned his country could stop paying into the EU budget unless other member states agreed to take in migrants held on a coastguard ship in Sicily.
Future EU 24-08-2018

Italy to suspend EU funding unless others take in migrants

The European Commission has called a meeting today (25 August) after Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said his party would vote to suspend funding to the EU unless other member states agreed to take in migrants being held on a coastguard ship in Sicily.
Elections 31-07-2018

Trump and Conte cement populist front

US President Donald Trump traded smiles, handshakes and compliments with Italy's populist leader Giuseppe Conte Monday (30 July), as the two rightists presented a united front on everything from Russia to immigration.
Future EU 22-06-2018

Macron warns of populism ‘leprosy’, Italy hits back

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday (21 June) populism was spreading across Europe like a disease that Europeans should fight more vigorously instead of criticising the actions of pro-European governments like his.

Salvini sparks outcry over Roma census and expulsion plans

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Tuesday (19 June) defended his plans to count the Roma community living in the country and deport those without legal status, despite outrage at home and abroad.
Elections 05-06-2018

New Italian prime minister takes aim at migrants, austerity in maiden speech

The leader of Italy's new populist government vowed on Tuesday (5 June) to redistribute migrants in the EU and review EU sanctions against Russia, in his first policy speech to lawmakers since being sworn in.
Future EU 05-06-2018

Italian populist cabinet faces vote of confidence in parliament

Italy's coalition between the anti-system 5-Star Movement and the fat-right Northern League will test its power today (5 June) in the first of this week's two parliamentary confidence votes in the new government.
Future EU 29-05-2018

President readies Italy for snap polls to be fought on EU, euro

Italy's president set the country on a path to fresh elections on Monday (28 May), appointing a former International Monetary Fund official as interim prime minister with the task of planning for snap polls and passing the next budget.
Future EU 28-05-2018

Technocrat PM to take over in Italy as President steps in to protect the euro

Italy's president is expected to ask a former International Monetary Fund official today (28 May) to head a stopgap government amidst political and constitutional turmoil, with early elections looking inevitable.
Elections 24-05-2018

Giuseppe Conte approved as Italian prime minister

Italy's president on Wednesday (23 May) approved little-known lawyer Giuseppe Conte's nomination to be prime minister of a government formed by far-right and anti-establishment parties.
Future EU 22-05-2018

Italian president hesitates as novice put forward as premier

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League on Monday (21 May) proposed Giuseppe Conte, a little-known law professor, as prime minister to lead their big-spending coalition government.
Future EU 18-05-2018

5-Star, League on verge of reaching government deal

Italy inched closer towards ending more than two months of political deadlock on Thursday (17 May) as anti-establishment leader Luigi Di Maio said he was confident an agreement would be reached on forming a coalition government with the far-right.
Economy & Jobs 16-05-2018

5-Star, League want ECB to forgive €250 billion of Italy debt

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right Northern League plan to ask the European Central Bank to forgive €250 billion of Italian debt, according to a draft of a coalition programme the parties are working on.
Future EU 11-05-2018

Italy’s League and 5-Star make ‘significant steps’ towards government deal

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League have made "significant steps" towards forming a government, the two parties said Thursday (10 May) as Italy looked to end nine weeks of political deadlock.
Elections 07-05-2018

Italy repeat election looms as parties still far apart

The prospect of an election re-run in Italy grew today (7 May) as President Sergio Mattarella held a final round of consultations to try to break two months of political deadlock with party leaders still far apart.
Elections 06-04-2018

Italian coalition talks continue as 5-Star looks left and right

Talks aimed at resolving Italy's political stalemate failed to break the deadlock and a new round of consultations will be held next week, President Sergio Mattarella said on Thursday (5 April).