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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.

 

Italy PM Conte announces resignation

The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte  (pictured) announced his resignation to the Senate on August 20. In his speech in presence of both political leaders  Luigi Di Mayo (M5S) and Matteo Salvini  (Lega) he has vigorously criticized the latter for creating the governmental crisis, blaming him for being “irresponsible and opportunist”, pointing at a “grave lack of constitutional culture” in triggering a government crisis solely to harvest the growing polls numbers.

Premier Giuseppe Conte said the government’s action “stops here” and  added he would go to the President Sergio Mattarella to present his resignation letter.

The timing of the crisis, he went on, showed  Salvini’s “political opportunism” and was a “gesture of institutional imprudence” – prompting the opponent to respond: “I would do it all again“.

 

The Lega drumming” about new elections was “offensive for the activity of the government,” Conte went on, attacking Salvini, blaming him a selection of “a pretext for the crisis” in the 5-Star Movement’s (5SM) opposition to a Turin-Lyon high-speed railroad after the Lega scored highly in the recent European elections, when
Salvini was “concerning” in his conception of managing power by “rabble-rousing” people in the streets.
Conte also said Italy’s Constitution precluded “authoritarian methods“, referring to Salvini’s controversial call for the people to grant him “full powers” in a snap elections.
In Europe, he said, Salvini‘s “contradictory” views had sparked “confusion“, caused by absence of “sense of the rulesConte continued. He underlined that he should have addressed parliament on a case of the Lega party allegedly seeking Russian funding.

Conte also criticised Salvini for brandishing rosaries and other religious symbols while announcing policy of crackdown on migrants.
“Your use of religious symbols is unconscionable“, PM said.
…”The ongoing (government) crisis compromises the action of this government, which stops here”Conte said he would hand in his resignation to Mattarella, who would “guide the country in a delicate passage“.
In further remarks, Conte said the government crisis makes Italy weak in negotiations with the EU over new commissioners and other issues. He also said an emergency management of the budget is highly likely” given the timing of the crisis.

Today in the Senate from the President of the council (PM) I have heard no ideas, but only insults. It is evident that there has been an attempt to break up between Five Star Movement and Democratic Party for weeks. Lega had the strength, dignity and courage to unmask it in parliament and explain it clearly to the Italians” Matteo Salvini commented on the speech of Conte.

 

UNHRC laments Italian stance on migration

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed hope that the Italian parliament changes Interior Minister Matteo Salvini‘s migrants and security decree to bring it into line with the Geneva Convention and international norms on human rights.

The UNHCR voiced concern over norms in the decree “which appear in potential contrast with international laws on refugees and on human rights, risking weakening the general level of tutelage with particular reference to vulnerable people and those with special needs”.
The decree will extend the scope to deny or revoke international protection status for people who have committed serious crimes and makes it possible for migrants to be expelled following a first-instance conviction.
It would also bar those convicted of crimes of access to some sophisticated medical treatments. Those seeking refugee status will now have their requests suspended if they are considered “socially dangerous or convicted in the first instance” of crimes, while their appeals are ongoing.

President Sergio Mattarella‘s office said in a statement that the head of State has signed the government’s decree on security and immigration.
The president also sent a letter to Premier Giuseppe Conte stating that “Constitutional and international State obligations” remain.

Mediterranean migrant route arrivals at rise

With favorable weather migrants from North African coast continue to arrive to Europe. On Sunday (27/05/2018) 500 passengers of three boats were rescued to be transported in safety to Spain. The Spanish report was preceded by the one from Italy where over the same weekend 1500 migrants were rescued.

The Italian vessels operated by EU border control mission, and NGOs rescued around 1500 migrants in a couple of days during the same week. The reports show the Mediterranean route is actively exploited by traffickers to deliver migrants to European coasts, efficiently using summer period for maximum profit.

The reports from NGOs on migrants rescue in Mediterranean are in stark contrast with the official narrative of the diminishing of the numbers of arrivals. As a reaction on uninterrupted flows of migrants from African coasts, and incapacity of the EU to exercise solidarity in relocation of some of them across Europe, Italian Lega Nord party prepares plans to repatriate around 500 000 migrants, who did not receive a refugee status, or were initially eligible to apply for it.

The refusal of the Italian President Sergio Mattarella to endorse newly formed eurosceptic government the very same weekend, causing the profound political crisis in Italy, will reflect on the situation with illegal migration, protracting the systemic calamity of Italian society, unable to cope with overwhelming multitudes of new arrivals from African coasts.

 

Italy: Mattarella risks impeachment

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.

 

Italy: Conte gave up efforts to form government

Italy’s Prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte said he’s given up on attempts to form a government after President Sergio Mattarella rejected his candidacy of an anti-euro economy minister. The country may now face a new election by the end of 2018.

“President has received Prof. Giuseppe Conte …. who returned the mandate given to him on May 23 to form the government. The president has thanked him for his effort in fulfilling this task,” Ugo Zampetti, an official within the presidential administration, told RAI.

After the talk, Mattarella said that he was going to make a decision on the new parliamentary vote in the country in the coming hours.