Italy’s ruling Five-Star Movement announced Wednesday that it had made a deal with the left-wing Democratic Party (PD) to form a coalition government — keeping embattled Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in place while avoiding elections and ousting the right-wing League led by Matteo Salvini.
FOX News The League party and its charismatic and popular leader Matteo Salvini, who was deputy prime minister and whose party has been surging in the polls, had demanded snap elections and said that the 5-Star-League coalition government was not working amid increasing tensions between coalition parties. Polls suggested that Salvini’s League could win enough seats to govern outright, or with a smaller right-wing party.
But after consultations with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, 5-Star leader Luigi di Maio said Wednesday that a deal with the Democratic Party and President Sergio Mattarella had been made — one that would mean Italians would not go to the polls and that would keep Conte as prime minister.
President Sergio Mattarella slammed Matteo Salvini’s wildly successful anti-Muslim migration policies, saying “Italy has a “high moral and legal commitment” to take refugees” (who aren’t ‘refugees’ at all, but young male Muslim freeloaders and potential jihadists from Africa)
Salvini’s League party and 5-Star formed a coalition in the spring of 2018, but it has been an uneasy one marked with battles over everything from the economy and especially mass Muslim immigration – where Salvini, serving also as Interior Minister, championed hardline policies on migrants coming in from Africa.
Since that election, League’s poll numbers have soared, while 5-Star’s have plummeted. Recent polls have put the League polling at around 36 percent, with the Democrats polling at 21 percent. Five-Star, meanwhile has been polling at 18 percent.
Back in May, the wildly popular Matteo Salvini, who has virtually eliminated human (NGO) trafficker boats from dumping thousands of illegal Muslim migrant wannabes into Italy, laid the blame for the invasion…on the swamp dwellers (establishment elites).
VOX If you’re thinking it’s weird that the Five Star Movement went from a coalition with a right-wing party to one with the center-left, yes, it is, although the Five Star Movement is a bit of an ideological hodgepodge, borrowing from both left and right.
Still, the new government is a marriage of necessity, and may be just as fragile a government as the one that preceded it. What’s more, neither the Five Star Movement nor the PD is as popular as Salvini’s Lega, meaning their democratic mandate is perhaps even more precarious.
SALVINI down, but not out:
Salvini remains a pretty potent figure right now, and he can still frustrate Italian politics from the outside — maybe even more so, as this is sure to rally his populist, nationalist base. Responding to the developments on Wednesday, Salvini basically said that if he had to wait a little longer to win, so be it.
Salvini’s ability to execute his anti-Muslim migrant policies may be curtailed, and he’s temporarily hobbled by his miscalculation. But he’s become a force in Italy. He’s not disappearing from the scene anytime soon.
Breitbart During a live stream on his Facebook page, Salvini announced that he would not be giving up stating, “a theft of democracy is underway: a minority of a minority defeated in all the elections is trying to get back through the window. This government is not born in Rome it was born in Brussels to take out that pain in the ass Salvini.”
Salvini went on to promise that he would not be gotten rid of by “palace games” and announced a major rally in Rome for October 19th.
EuroNews Out of the government, but not out of the picture: The far-right League Party’s charismatic leader Matteo Salvini has been the dominant figure in Italian politics in recent months, but he may be more powerful still in the opposition.
Ferdinando Giugliano, who writes columns on European economics for Bloomberg’s opinion section, says “I think in the medium run, he has everything to play for,” he told Euronews. “The Democrats and 5-Star will not – I don’t think – form a stable alliance, and Salvini will be able to really attack them from the opposition, attack Brussels, attack austerity,” he added.