About: Matteo Salvini

EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Austrian far-right ministers to resign en masse amid ‘Ibiza-gate’ fallout

All remaining ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) are to resign, a party spokesman said Monday (20 May), after one of them, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, was fired in the fallout from a corruption scandal that has brought down the government.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

European mainstream politicians see hope in downfall of Austrian far right leader

Politicians from Europe's mainstream parties called on voters to stand against the far right, after a video sting brought down the leader of Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ), hurting the momentum of nationalists days before a European parliamentary election.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Bannon presence raises hackles in France ahead of Europe polls

Political tensions soared in France Sunday (19 May) a week ahead of tightly-contested European elections, with the ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron expressing unease over the presence of Donald Trump's controversial ex-strategist Steve Bannon.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Austria scandal overshadows Salvini’s European nationalist rally

Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday (18 May) gathered Europe's disparate nationalists for a unifying rally overshadowed by a major corruption scandal shaking Austria's far-right coalition.

Salvini fumes at EU court ruling on refugee returns

Italy’s hardline deputy prime minister reiterated his call to change the EU in reaction to a ruling  by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that refugees cannot be deported if their life or freedom is at risk in their home countries.
Health 10-05-2019

Salvini declares war on cannabis, threatens to bring down government

Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced his intention to close every legal cannabis shop in Italy "one by one", saying he would even consider toppling the government if his coalition ally, the Five Star Movement, refuses to back him.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

EPP divorce looms after Orban rejects Weber as Spitzenkandidat

The leader of Germany's conservatives said she expected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party would quit Europe's main centre-right group after he withdrew support for the bloc's candidate to head the European Commission.
EU Elections 2019 03-05-2019

Bavarian, Austrian conservatives frown at Orbán’s call to ally with populists

The leaders of Austria and Bavaria rejected on Friday (3 May) a call by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for their centre-right group in the European Parliament to ally with populist, nationalist parties ahead of EU elections later this month.
EU Elections 2019 02-05-2019

Orban says Salvini is the most important politician in Europe

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the European Parliament's main centre-right group must forge an alliance with populist, nationalist groups after impending EU elections, receiving a swift rebuke from Germany's conservative leader.
EU Elections 2019 26-04-2019

Europe’s far-right touts ‘new European harmony’ in EU vote

Marine Le Pen, head of France’s National Rally party, on Thursday (25 April) said Europe’s populist far-right parties are offering a “new European harmony” to voters in European parliament elections next month. Le Pen appeared alongside Dutch populist Geert Wilders...
EU Elections 2019 25-04-2019

Far-right leaders gather in Prague ahead of EU vote

Prague will on Thursday (24 April) host a meeting of populist far-right party leaders seeking unprecedented success in European elections next month following a steep rise of anti-EU movements across Europe.
EU Elections 2019 08-04-2019

Smileys and selfies: Europe’s far-right tries to end divisions

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini sends texts with smileys to French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and posts selfies with Austrian far-right politician Heinz-Christian Strache.

Five arrested after Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Five men were arrested Thursday (28 March) after Maltese armed forces took control of a tanker that was hijacked by migrants off Libya and the ship docked in Malta.

Rights groups lambast Operation Sophia – the EU naval mission without ships

International rights advocates criticised the European Union on Wednesday (27 March) for abdicating its humanitarian responsibilities after the bloc agreed to withdraw ships patrolling the Mediterranean for migrants attempting the perilous voyage. After much wrangling, the EU agreed this week...

EU to end ship patrols in scaled down Operation Sophia

The European Union will cease the maritime patrols that have rescued thousands of migrants making the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing from North Africa to Europe, but it will extend air missions, two diplomats said on Tuesday (26 March).
China 22-03-2019

China’s new Silk Road gets bumpy as Xi visits Italy

Chinese President Xi Jinping kicks off a whistlestop European tour in Rome on Friday (22 March) amid growing Western unease over Italy joining the ever-expanding Asian giant's new Silk Road project.

Italy’s Senate shields Salvini from trial over Diciotti case

Italy's Senate voted Wednesday (20 March) to block the trial of far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for allegedly illegally confining migrants rescued at sea by an Italian coastguard ship last year.

NGO ship defies Salvini, takes migrants to Lampedusa

An Italian charity ship was escorted into the port of Lampedusa by police on Tuesday (19 March) after rescuing 49 Africans in the Mediterranean, with Interior Minister Matteo Salvini calling for the crew to be arrested.
EU Elections 2019 14-03-2019

Farage to lobby EU countries in search of Brexit extension veto

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on Wednesday (13 March) he will lobby EU countries to make sure one of them vetoes a possible extension of Article 50 past the 29 March deadline.
Cybersecurity 13-03-2019

Commission pursues ‘bilateral and multilateral cooperation’ with China as MEPs express deep concern

The European Commission has set out a series of concrete actions to "deepen its engagement with China to promote common interests," the bloc's top officials said on Tuesday (12 March). However, MEPs voiced concerns over "embedded backdoors" in Chinese tech that may put personal data in the EU at risk.

No agreement on asylum possible before EU elections, EU member states admit

EU interior minister on Thursday (7 March) failed to conclude the overhaul of the EU’s migration policy. This means that under the Juncker Commission no further progress could be expected on a dossier expected to take center stage at the European elections.
Politics 01-03-2019

Critical mass building for motion to expel Orbán from EPP

A critical mass is likely to be reached within days to put the expulsion of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party from the centre-right European Peoples Party (EPP) to a vote. The decision could be taken ahead of a crucial meeting on 20 March.
EU Elections 2019 25-02-2019

Italy’s far-right hopes to form new broad Conservative alliance in Europe

Italy’s far-right party Fratelli d’Italia has joined the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE), with the aim of forming a broad right-wing alliance in the next European Parliament following the EU elections in May.
Agrifood 19-02-2019

Sheep milk prices cause Salvini headache, Italy’s agri-boss meets Hogan

Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini has tried to placate Sardinian farmers ahead of regional elections this week, sending Italy's agriculture minister to Brussels to get the green light to introduce support measures that set a fixed price for sheep milk.

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