Monday, 25 June, 2018

Italy will no longer be ‘Europe’s refugee camp,’ vows new government

Italy government: Giuseppe Conte again asked to be PM Populist PM to lead new Italian government
| 06 June, 2018, 02:21

"They are both led by young and ambitious leaders who share prime-ministerial ambitions".

The breakthrough came after the League and 5-Star agreed to drop economist Paolo Savona as their choice for economy minister.

While many officials in Brussels sought to ease tensions with Rome this week, and came to the defense of Mattarella after the president took a political risk by defending Italy's role in the European Union, a top official on Thursday issued a tough critique of Italy.

Asked about the arrival of Salvini on Sunday, Marco Rotunno of the UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, said it was too early to comment but added that "there are a lot of people fleeing war and persecution who are in need of worldwide protection".

Though the new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte - a political novice - is prime minister, his power will be checked by his deputies, the leaders of the two largest parties that emerged from the inconclusive March 4 ballot.

However Salvini said he would not be attending, as he will be in Italy's parliament for a confidence vote on the new coalition with Five Star.

"Go home!" the tweet said.

The coalition will be headed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a popular but untested political figure who was rejected by President Sergio Mattarella just days ago.


Five Star Leader Luigi Di Maio, also a deputy prime minister as well as labour and industry minister, pledged on Saturday to overhaul the signature labour reform, known as the Jobs Act, of the previous centre-left government.

Salvini has campaigned on the promise of mass deportations of migrants, and has said that a new government would build new detention centres around the world.

President Sergio Mattarella, who negotiated through three months of political deadlock to finally find a workable government, presided over the ceremony Friday in the gilded Quirinale Palace.

A crowd of enthusiastic supporters and a smaller group of protesters had earlier gathered in front of the gates of the town's migrant centre, where Salvini would give his speech, trading insults and almost coming to blows.

The spread, or difference in yield, between Italian and German 10-year government bonds, fell to 217 basis points after crossing the symbolic threshold of 300 basis points on Tuesday. Nigel Farage, a British force behind the successful Brexit movement, advised Italy's populists to "stay strong or the bully boys will be after you".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a conference Thursday that he loved Italy, but refused to accept the frequent pass-the-blame mantra by Italian politicians that Italy's ills are the fault of the EU.

The League is strongly anti-immigration and a joint plan agreed with the M5S in forming the new government reflects that stance.

"As minister I will work with European partners and African countries", he said.

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