Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini called EU sanctions against Hungary “madness”, ANSA News agency reports.
“I am convinced that in a few months’ time we’ll find ourselves governing Europe together with Viktor Orban”, Salvini said, while addressing a press conference with Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz Christian Strache.
“…The sanctions against the Hungarian government and people are a political act, a madness by that leftwing Europe that is not resigned to change”. Salvini and Orban recently declared each other “heroes” while meeting in Milan.
Orban’s Fidesz party and Salvini’s Euoskeptic League are expected to be among the parties who will strengthen their power in the European Parliament elections on 23-26 May next year.
The project of attracting EU senior citizens to Italian southern regions has been proposed by Lega, the Right wing party ascending power, led by Matteo Salvini, who intends to reverse population decline, offering tax free decade to Europeans, settling in economically fragile areas.
Lega party proposes effective measures to reverse the chronic population decline in traditionally poorer regions of the country, suffering from economic stagnation and high employment by attracting Europeans to settle there promising liberation from tax burdens for 10 years.
The pilot-project will initially focus on three regions suffering population decline –Sardinia, Sicily and Calabria.
“We think it could appeal to foreigners – Italy is a beautiful country,” said Alberto Brambilla, economic adviser to Matteo Salvini, now the interior minister and head of leader of of the party.
“We’re trying to provide an incentive for the transfer of older people (towards the south),” Mr Brambilla, who came up with the idea, told La Repubblica newspaper.
The scheme will be open not only to Italians but to the EU citizens, however the seniors remain the major target group of the project.
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.
League leader Matteo Salvini said that Italy will have to have a new general election after premier designate Giuseppe Conte handed back a mandate to form a government. “The Italians come first, their right to work, to security and happiness,” Salvini quoted by ANSA news agency.
“We worked day and night for weeks to form a government that defends the interest of the Italian citizens. But someone (under whose pressure?) said No. Never again slaves, Italy is not a colony. At this point, with the honesty, coherence and the courage of always, the words must go back to you” – Salvini concluded.
After rejection of the candidacy of the economy minister, causing the failure to form a government, Five Star Movement (5SM) considers launching President Sergio Mattarella impeachment procedure.
Silvio Berlusconi supports his ally, the leader of the Lega Nord party, Matteo Salvini in his bid for the negotiations in forming of the Italian government.
The leader of Forza Italia, and a former prime minister, Berlusconi confirmed that his pre-election coalition pact between Lega Nord and his own Forza party is valid, and the would back Salvini’s efforts in assembling a new government.
“In full respect of our agreement, we will now loyally support attempts by Salvini to form a government,” Berlusconi said. “I am here to support him, to guarantee the solidity of the coalition and keep our commitments with the voters.”
Italians demonstrate high level of participation at polling stations on Sunday to vote in an election after a campaign marked by a profound discontent over the economy, unemployment and mass immigration from Africa.
Pollsters forecast indicates that former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party Forza Italia and his far-right allies Lega Nord will become the largest bloc in parliament, however the chances to win majority are feeble.
The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement is leading as the biggest single party, embracing wide discontent over corruption and poverty, while the ruling center-left bloc led by the Democratic Party is following in third place.
The elections have been animated by an activist of FEMEN, who attacked Silvio Berlusconi, while he was intending to drop his ballot. She screamed and yelled at Berlusconi, sending him home for being too old for the political contest for country’s leadership.
Raise of crime, violence, and especially rape are fuelling anti-immigrant sentiment in Italy ahead of elections due early next year, when problems caused by illegal mass migration are firmly on the top the political agenda.
Anti mass-migration politicians accuse the center-left government of failing to guarantee the border controls, allowing flows of Africans to enter the country illegally over the past four years, with a steep rise of arrival last year. Different estimates claim between 600 000 and one million illegals to land on Italian coasts.
“There are too many of them. I will send quite a few home,” Matteo Salvini, the head of the Lega Nord, wrote on Twitter this week after police said a Bangladeshi migrant had been arrested in Rome on suspicion of raping a Finnish baby-sitter.
The Rome case occurred two weeks after a young couple of Polish tourists ended in hospital after robbery and gang rape by four African migrants, three of them claimed being minors, on a beach in the Adriatic popular resort of Rimini.
The leader of the gang was named as a Congolese asylum-seeker who had been allowed to stay in Italy on humanitarian grounds. The other three were Moroccan brothers, and a a Nigerian.
“A gang of Maghreb worms,” said Georgia Meloni, head of the Fratelli d’Italia party, which is expected to be allied with the Lega Nord and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party at the election.
A recent opinion poll in La Repubblica newspaper showed 46% of Italians thought migrants represented a threat to their personal safety and to public order against 40% in the previous survey in February.