About: Matteo Salvini

Global Europe 23-03-2020

‘From Russia with Love’: Putin sends aid to Italy to fight virus

The Russian army on Sunday (22 March) began flying medical help to Italy to help it battle the new coronavirus after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin, a goodwill gesture that Moscow labelled "From Russia with Love".
Health 09-03-2020

Six die in Italy prison riot over anti-coronavirus measures

Six inmates were killed in a prison riot in Italy and guards were taken hostage at another jail, as unrest spread in prisons across the country over measures to contain the coronavirus, including restrictions on visits.
Politics 29-01-2020

Communications and identity: A make-or-break year for the EU

With one of its important members seceding, the EU is navigating dangerous and uncharted waters and will need to take a more proactive approach in terms of communication to ensure that the ship stays on course, writes Anthony Spota.
Elections 27-01-2020

Emilia Romagna voters upset Salvini’s plan to trigger early elections

Italy's populist leader Matteo Salvini appeared to have failed in his bid to win a key regional election and topple the country's fragile coalition government, according to exit polls late Sunday (26 January).
Elections 23-01-2020

Italy’s Di Maio quits as 5-Star leader in blow to government

Luigi Di Maio stepped down on Wednesday (22 January) as leader of Italy's co-governing 5-Star movement, as it seeks to stem a wave of defections that threatens the government's parliamentary majority.
Elections 20-01-2020

Italian Sardines square off against Salvini ahead of crucial vote

The "Sardines" grassroots movement protesting against the populism of far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini staged a mass rally in the northern city of Bologna on Sunday (19 January) ahead of a regional vote that could shake up national politics.
Elections 17-01-2020

Italy’s constitutional court rejects League’s bid to change electoral law

Italy's Constitutional Court on Thursday (16 January) rejected a request by the hard-right League party to hold a referendum to introduce a first-past-the-post electoral system, triggering the ire of League chief Matteo Salvini and relief in government ranks.
Agrifood 16-01-2020

The battle between pro Nutri-score MEPs and Italy keeps raging on

A group of MEPs on Wednesday (15 January) spoke out against a fake news campaign by Italian politicians and stakeholders about the nutrition label known as Nutri-score, calling for it to be compulsory for all food manufacturers in the EU.
Agrifood 09-12-2019

Salvini’s U-turn on Nutella exposes flaws in his ‘nationalist’ food policy

Lega leader Matteo Salvini's recent scolding of the iconic hazelnut spread 'Nutella' has exposed flaws in the 'Italian first' formula that has led the Italian to past electoral successes.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2019

Italy’s Conte rebukes opposition as debate over ESM reform heats up

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte called upon the right-wing opposition to act responsibly in talks over the reform of the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
Politics 06-11-2019

Retreating Eurosceptics now settle for ‘reforms from within’

Just a couple of minutes after Nigel Farage triumphantly proclaimed victory in the 2016 Brexit referendum, Brussels started worrying that such a trend would spread throughout the Old Continent like wildfire.
Politics 29-10-2019

Italy’s PM in a tight spot amid wrongdoing allegations

After emerging as the clear winner from this summer's political crisis in Italy, Giuseppe Conte has found himself besieged by problems only eight weeks after resuming office again as prime minister.
Elections 28-10-2019

Italy’s Salvini set for victory in Umbria local vote

A right-wing coalition is set for victory in an election on Sunday (27 October) in the central Italian region of Umbria, according to an exit poll, giving a boost to Matteo Salvini's League party.
Global Europe 16-10-2019

Italy lets French migrant ship dock to anger of far right

Charity rescue ship Ocean Viking headed towards the southern Italian port of Taranto on Tuesday (15 October) after the government gave it authorisation to bring 176 migrants ashore in a decision that angered the far-right League.

A European ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of Operation Sophia 2.0

An EU mission within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is not the adequate instrument for controversial domestic issues such as migration, writes Tobias Pietz.
Elections 02-09-2019

Salvini issues new migrant ban as seeks to derail new coalition

Italy's outgoing interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has banned another migrant-rescue ship from docking in the country, using the issue of immigration to pile pressure on his main two political rivals as they seek to form a new government.
Elections 30-08-2019

Orban commiserates with ‘fellow combatant’ Salvini

Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán commiserated Thursday (29 August) with Italy's outgoing far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, calling him a "fellow combatant" in the fight for the "preservation of European Christian heritage and against migration".
Global Europe 30-08-2019

Defence ministers discussed artificial intelligence, killer robots, climate threat

EU defence ministers discussed artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons – also called “killer robots” –, hybrid threats and conflicts stemming from climate change, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told the press after an informal Council meeting in Helsinki on Thursday (29 August).
Elections 28-08-2019

Make or break day in Italy in ‘craziest crisis ever’

Wednesday (28 August) is D-Day for fraught negotiations to form a new Italian government, failing which the eurozone's third largest economy will be forced to hold fresh elections.
Elections 27-08-2019

Italy’s PD, 5-Star on verge of government deal with Conte as PM

The ruling 5-Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party appeared on the verge of a deal to form a new Italian government on Monday (26 August) after the PD indicated it had abandoned a veto on Giuseppe Conte serving another term as prime minister.
Politics 23-08-2019

Italy’s Mattarella gives parties extra time to solve political crisis

President Sergio Mattarella gave political parties until Tuesday to come up with proposals for a new government coalition, saying he will call fresh elections if they fail to find a solution to the current government crisis.

Migrants in limbo again after landing in Italy

One hundred and forty seven migrants who disembarked on Italy's Lampedusa island were again in limbo Wednesday (21 August) as a European deal to redistribute them failed to materialise and Madrid said it could hit the Spanish charity with a huge fine for rescuing them.
Politics 21-08-2019

Italy’s Conte blasts Salvini before handing in resignation

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday evening (20 August), despite an eleventh-hour attempt by the far-right Lega party to defuse the crisis by withdrawing a motion of no-confidence against the government.

Rescued migrants disembark as Italy justice probes Salvini

Eighty-three migrants rescued at sea by the Open Arms disembarked early Wednesday (20 August) from the charity rescue vessel in Italy's Lampedusa island, television images showed, after Italian justice ordered they be brought ashore.

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