Matteo Salvini Headlines

  • Italian government approves Salvini bill targeting migrants

    Matteo Salvini decree will lift key protections for migrants and make deportations easier A raft of hardline measures that will see the Italian government abolish key forms of protection for migrants and make it easier for them to be deported has been approved by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet. Drafted by Matteo Salvini, the far-right interior minister and leader of the League, the decree will also suspend the refugee application process of those who are considered “socially dangerous”...

    the Guardian
  • Italy govt adopts tough anti-migrant decree...

    The Italian government on Monday adopted a heavily-criticised security decree which will make it easier to expel migrants and strip them of Italian citizenship. The new bill is "a step forward to make Italy safer," far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Facebook. It will help

  • The Latest: Croatia searching for Syrian girl after appeal

    Police in Slovenia say they have caught more than 100 migrants trying to enter the European Union country illegally last weekend

    Washington Post
  • Italy tightens eligibility for migrant protection

    Italy’s populist government is making it harder for migrants to be approved for humanitarian protection

    Washington Post
  • Charities plea for help after Aquarius migrant rescue ship's flag revoked

    Charities claim Panama deflagged humanitarian vessel after pressure from Italian government The two charities that operate the Aquarius migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean have urged European governments to step in to secure its future after its Panamanian flag was revoked following alleged pressure from the Italian government. Médecins Sans Frontières and SOS Méditerranée described the decision by the Panama Maritime Authority to deflag the vessel as “a major blow” to the ship’s...

    the Guardian
  • Bannon dubs the far-right Europe's "new elite" patriots

    Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon declared Saturday that far-right "patriots" are the "new elite" of Europe as he brought his push for a trans-national, anti-European Union drive to Italy. The ex-aide to U.S. President Donald Trump addressed a forum in Rome organized by a small far-right...

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  • Bannon dubs the far-right Europe’s “new elite” patriots

    Steve Bannon says the far-right is the “new elite” as he pushes for a transnational European political movement

    Washington Post
  • Berlusconi sparks fresh election rumours as he says right-wing coalition will soon lead Italy

    Three-time ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi predicted that Italy will see a return to a right-wing coalition in government "in the not too distant future" as cracks begin to show in the current populist alliance.

    The Telegraph
  • France's Le Pen scorns court-ordered psych tests for Daesh images

    French far-right leader faces prosecution for posting violent images of IS killings in 2015 The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has refused to undergo court-ordered psychiatric tests for posting pictures on social media of Islamic State atrocities. The 50-year-old leader of the Rassemblement National (National Rally) party, formerly known as the Front National, is under investigation for “distributing violent images” in December 2015. Continue reading...

    the Guardian
  • Matteo Salvini sues black MEP for defamation in racism row

    Cécile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister in 2013, subject of legal action by interior minister Cécile Kyenge, an MEP who had bananas thrown at her and was likened to an orangutan during her time as Italy’s integration minister, is being sued for defamation by the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, for calling his party, the League, racist. Kyenge will face trial in the northern city of Piacenza over comments made in an interview in 2014 during the Festa de l’Unità, a social...

    the Guardian
  • Italy's Di Maio eyes curbs on newspapers' ad revenues

    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. "The newspapers... are now polluting the public debate every day and the

  • Italy is my country – but it must face its racist history

    Violence and rightwing rhetoric have made this summer a terrifying one for black Italians. The ‘Bel Paese’ must confront its past if it is to change In 1979 a homeless Somalian by the name of Ahmed Ali Giama was burned alive in the Piazza della Pace, right in the centre of Rome. Killed because he was black and poor. Then there was Giacomo Valent, a 16-year-old who was stabbed 63 times in a frenzied racist attack in 1985. Last week marked 10 years since a young Afro-Italian called Abba was beaten...

    the Guardian
  • Pope says populism should serve people, not stir up quarrels

    Pope Francis is recommending a Christian kind of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants. Francis told a crowd of 100,000 at an outdoor Mass on Saturday that "the only possible populism" is a Christian one that "listens to and serves the people without...

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  • Pope says populism should serve people, not stir up quarrels

    Pope Francis is recommending a Christian brand of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants
  • 'Merde alors!': Salvini draws fury with reference to African 'slaves'

    Italian interior minister’s comments on immigration infuriate Luxembourg minister Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has compared African immigrants to slaves, prompting Luxembourg’s foreign minister to retort angrily using the French curse “Merde alors!” The fiery exchange between Salvini – the leader of the League, which governs in coalition with the populist Five Star Movement – and Jean Asselborn occurred during a behind-closed-doors session at a European conference on...

    the Guardian
  • 'Little Mussolinis': EU chief angers Italy with comment on rise of far right

    Pierre Moscovici, EU economics commissioner, told to ‘wash his mouth out’ by Italy’s deputy PM Matteo Salvini The EU’s top economic official has voiced fears that “little Mussolinis” might be emerging in Europe, drawing a furious response from Italy’s far-right interior minister who accused him of insulting his country and Italians.  Pierre Moscovici, a Frenchman who is the European Union’s economics affairs commissioner, said the current political situation, with populist, far-right forces on...

    the Guardian
  • Germany Strikes Antimigrant Deal With Italy as New Government Crisis Brews

    Germany and Italy were nearing an agreement to stop illegal immigrants from traveling between the two countries, Germany’s interior minister said on Thursday, delivering on a compromise that ended a serious internal crisis in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government earlier this year.

  • Italian prosecutor in Salvini investigation receives death threat

    Far-right extremists suspected to be behind bullet note sent to Luigi Patronaggio, say sources The prosecutor who placed the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, under investigation over the illegal detention of migrants has received a death threat, sources have told the Guardian. Believed to be the work of far-right extremists, an envelope containing a bullet was sent to the office of the chief prosecutor of the Sicilian city of Agrigento, Luigi Patronaggio, on Wednesday alongside the...

    the Guardian
  • Europe confronts Viktor Orban, its bogeyman

    The E.U.’s Parliament may launch in investigation into the behavior of the Hungarian prime minister’s government.
  • Actor wearing anti-fascist scarf stopped by police in Venice

    Incident involving Ottavia Piccolo at Italian film festival prompts fears of crackdown An Italian actor was stopped by police at the Venice film festival for wearing a neck scarf associated with the anti-fascism group Anpi, raising questions in parliament over whether the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, had issued orders against the group. Ottavia Piccolo was stopped by officers checking bags at an access gate as she headed towards the red carpet area of the Venice Lido at the close...

    the Guardian
  • Backlash against Orbàn and Salvini's anti-migration manifesto won't change its power to influence next year's European elections

    Far-right European parties will be in far better shape compared to the elections in 2014, as Brexit has also contributed to the galvanization of their nationalist platforms
  • Italian minister meets Hungary premier, vows historic change

    Hungary and Italy are vowing to work together for an "historic change" in the way Europe deals with migration, security and other issues. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban met Tuesday with Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in Milan, as several hundred people protested their...

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  • Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orbán to present anti-migrant plan to Brussels

    Italian interior minister and Hungarian PM will discuss ‘alternative strategies’ in meeting Two of Europe’s most vocal anti-migrant leaders, the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, and Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, are to meet to present a refugee plan to present to Brussels after the standoff over migrants who were refused permission to leave a boat docked in Sicily. Salvini, also the leader of the far-right League, prevented 177 asylum seekers from disembarking from the...

    the Guardian
  • Tourists shocked as migrant boat speeds to Spanish beach before Africans dash for cliffs

    AGAIN: Tourists shocked as migrants unload on beach... (Second column, 9th story, link) Related stories:Czech PM calls for no illegals in Europe...Broadcaster defends not covering grim murder by refugee... Advertise here