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Salvini predicts “long agony” of new government

Italy‘s  Democratic Party (PD) and Five Star Movement announced that they have agreed to form a coalition government.

We consider it worthwhile to try this experience,” the PD’s Nicola Zingaretti said after meeting the Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

It was agreed that Giuseppe Conte, who resigned last week, will return, and continue serving as Prime minister.

The upcoming government between Lega‘s former ally the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) caused the “dismay“, Matteo Salvini said after government crisis consultations with President Sergio Mattarella. It is likely it would be a reincarnation of the 2011-12 short-lived technocratic government of Mario Monti.

Mattarella must put an end to this indecent spectacle“, Salvini demanded. He added that according to the procedure we were rapid, precise, direct, honest to the hilt with President Mattarella to whom we expressed the dismay not only of the League but of millions of Italians with regard to the theater of the war for posts taking place for days” with the ‘horse trading‘ by the M5S and PD delegations.
Commenting on the recycled Prime minister Giuseppe Conte, Salvini said he got is post on “instructions from Paris, Berlin, Brussels, a Monti #2″.
“Some people were bothered by a government that was restoring pride, sovereignty and a future to Italian families”.
Salvini said that “60 million Italians are being held hostage by 100 MPs”.

The blunt truth is emerging that some hundreds of desperate parliamentarians are ready to do anything to avoid giving up their seats”, Matteo Salvini, the Lega leader said, while reacting on government gambit.

Wouldn’t it be wiser and more honest and decisive to let Italians vote and for five years have a solid, stable and coherent majority?“, he asked a rhetoric question.
The government that is about to be born will be weak, and desired in Brussels and Berlin. Mattarella asked for a government with a long prospect: tell me seriously, someone, if an M5S and PD government would have long prospects” – “It’s would be a long agony”, Salvini concluded.

Di Maio has decided to play a completely marginal role within a government #M5sPd , when he could have become premier on a proposal from #Salvini . Politically it’s suicide. But this agreement does not only mark the political suicide of #DiMaio , but of the entire MoVimento Italian philosopher Paolo Becchi wrote in his Twitter micro blog.

 

Salvini calls for snap elections

The League presented a motion of no confidence in Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the Senate on August 9 after the party’s leader the Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, said that the ruling majority no longer exists and called for early elections.

According to the motion there were too many disagreement within the government, including the approach to Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link project: the 270-kilometer way would include a 58-km tunnel under the Alps mountain range, one of the longest tunnels in the world. Trains will run at an average speed of 220 km/h.

At present the EUR25 billion project is at risk due to the conflicting positions of the two parties backing the Italian government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, which has been in power since June 2018.

While the League is in favor of the project, though some officials raised concerns that Italy should rethink its financial obligation. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement is against major public works projects in general, believing they can be breeding grounds for corruption.

“Too many “no” are bad for Italy, which needs to grow and, therefore, to have new elections soon,” the League said.  “Those who waste time, and it is to detriment of the country and they are only thinking about their positions”.

A present thet Lega party is polling ahead of all other Italian parties at 38%.

Giuseppe Conte, the non-affiliated professor of private law, appointed by both parties to serve as the country’s Prime minister, said that Salvini must justify to parliament why he is calling for a new vote.

 

 

Liguria stops hotel funding for migrants

The Italian region Liguria decision, backed by the centre right and opposed by the centre left, the 5-Star Movement and left-wing parties, excludes hotels and hostels that hosted migrants under the SPRAR system from getting funding for tourist revamps.

Subsequently Liguria stops funding hotels that hosted migrants over the past three years, according to a League decision approved by the regional council in Genoa.

The rule was approved by 16 votes to 11.

An average price for accommodation in Liguria amounts to €50 a day, imposing on local community to cover costs of €1500 a month per person per each migrant.

The main reasons to visit Liguria is natural beauty (51.4% of Italian and foreign tourists), cultural heritage (45.3%), followed by food and wine interests (21.6%). For foreigners in particular there is a strong desire to visit unfamiliar places (29.1%). Foreign tourists also tend to pay attention to the quality/price ratio (29.5%). For Italians the main motivations are easy accessibility of the destination (47.5%) and proximity (36.3%)

The average per capita expenditure for accommodation is €52 euros per day for Italians. €49 euros is the expenditure for foreigners. Both are almost the same as the regional average €50.

 

Eurparl vice-president considers extension of Brexit talks

Vice-president of the European Parliament Fabio Castaldo (Italy, 5SM) reminded that ‘no-dealBrexit will affect the UK more than the EU, although the bloc is preparing itself for this scenario as well.

Castaldo warned that ‘no-deal’ will lead to uncertainty and even “chaos” for trade and political relationship on both sides of the Channel.

I still hope that there will be prolongation of the negotiations, which is foreseen in the Article 50,  and I hope ‘no’ vote in the UK Parliament will not be used by any member-state to punish the UK” – vice-president continued. “In our interest is to find a deal that would fit both the EU and the UK citizens“.

However Castaldo also pointed at a possibility of a “few month prolongation” of negotiations in case of the governmental crisis in the UK,  offering time for a “new” government to approach the issue in a “proper way“.

Castaldo calls for Dublin Regulation reform

Fabio Massimo CASTALDO, the vice-president of the European Parliament, Italy, M5S Movement, calls for the urgent reform of the EU Dublin Regulation, which unequally shares burden of illegal migration flows. Unlike the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker,  the Italian politician is convinced that the migrant crisis is far from being solved, reflecting  profound structural problems of failed states, and conflicts in Africa.

“There is some usual reduction of arrivals due to the winter season, making crossing Mediterranean difficult” – CASTALDO said, pointing out that this change can not be assessed as a sign of the improvement.

The vice-president warned that the burden EU southern countries bear is unfair, and can not be justified within EU system of values, namely the solidarity, which goes begging when  European governments hear about need of re-location. of migrants from Italy or Greece.

The other issue of paramount significance is the confusion between economic migrants and refugees, which is happening to a detriment of the latter.

Merkel excluded debt releif for Italy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has excluded debt relief for Italy, explaining in a newspaper interview published on Sunday (3/06/2017) that the principle of solidarity among eurozone member states should not turn the single currency bloc into a debt-sharing union.

While cohesion among members of the single currency bloc is important, “solidarity among euro partners should never lead to a debt union, rather it must be about helping others to help themselves” – Merkel continued.

Chancellor made her remarks when asked about a media reports about Italy’s eurosceptic 5-Star Movement and Northern League (Lega Nord) had planned to ask the European Central Bank to forgive 250 billion euros ($296 billion) of Italian debt.

Italy: 5SM leads in exit polls

The Five-Star Movement (5SM) is a leading force as an individual party in Italy’s election, while the anti-immigration Lega Nord is also higher in the ranks than expected, suggest the first exit polls. Image: Luigi Di Maio, Five Star Movement.

The RAI exit poll predicted 30.5 percent for the Eurosceptic, anti-corruption Five Star Movement, and pegged Lega Nord on a par with its coalition partner Forza Italia, at 14.5%/  The ruling socialist Democratic Party was predicted to gain 22%t of the vote.

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