Matteo Salvini

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Matteo Salvini

Matteo Salvini (born March 9, 1973[1]) is an Italian politician who serves as his country's Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, as well as the leader of Lega Nord. Salvini holds strong conservative and right-wing populist views.

Biography

Salvini was born on March 9, 1973, in Milan.[1] While originally having communist leanings, Salvini moved politically to the Right as time went on.[2] Prior to becoming the federal secretary of Lega Nord, Salvini served in several positions, including in the Milan City Council, the Italian parliament, and the European Parliament.[1] As Lega Nord's leader, he expanded the party's appeal outside Northern Italy, even renaming the party to "The League".[3][4] While Lega Nord was in serious trouble when he became party leader in 2013, Salvini significantly grew the party to become the country's dominant political force by 2018 through focusing on a nationalist and populist agenda similar to that of U.S. President Donald Trump.[5]

In the 2018 general election, The League made massive gains, quadrupling its vote share. It performed so well that it became the dominant party in its coalition,[6] and Salvini had a very real chance of becoming Italy's prime minister.[7] Ultimately, Salvini became Italy's interior minister – giving him control over the country's immigration policy – as well as its deputy prime minister under a coalition government with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.[8]

Salvini immediately went to work advancing his conservative immigration agenda as Italy's interior minister, visiting an immigration camp in Sicily soon after being sworn in.[9] Shortly afterward, he released his three-point immigration plan, which involved building more repatriation centers, reducing illegal immigration, and increasing deportations.[10] Salvini showed he was serious about securing Italy's borders by refusing to let a boat carrying over 600 migrants land in the country due to it sharing an undue immigration burden,[11] and he said he would continue such actions.[12] In July 2018, Salvini blocked a private Italian ship carrying migrants from docking.[13] Overall, Salvini was able to advance his conservative agenda.[14] By July 2018, he was Italy's most trusted politician, based on polling data.[15]

Among other actions, Salvini pushed to strengthen Italy's self-defense laws to allow citizens to defend their homes from intruders.[16]

Even the M5S's founder and former League opponent, Beppe Grillo, praised Salvini for his tough stance on migrants.[17]

Political positions

Salvini is a Euroskeptic[18] who also supports leaving the Euro.[19] He supports putting the Italian people first when making policy, as opposed to advancing globalist ideals.[20] He is also a critic of compulsory vaccination.[21]

Salvini also takes a strong position against mass migration and Islam,[22][23] and he supports strong border security actions.[19][24] He also supports enacting tariffs on foreign products.[25] A strong supporter of Donald Trump, Salvini met him in 2016 while Trump was still a presidential candidate.[26] Salvini also has formed alliances with Marine Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands,[6][27] and he has expressed a desire for creating a Europe-wide coalition of patriotic parties.[28]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Matteo Salvini. European Parliament. March 4, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  2. Binnie, Isla; Scherer, Steve (March 7, 2018). Matteo Salvini, the everyman leader of Italy's populist revolt. Reuters. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. Kirchgaessner, Stephanie; Tondo, Lorenzo (February 28, 2018). Matteo Salvini extends Northern League's appeal as far south as Sicily. The Guardian. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  4. Balmer, Crispian (February 9, 2018). Italy's League leaves northern bastions, bangs anti-migrant drum. Reuters. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  5. Lyman, Eric J. (June 4, 2018). Matteo Salvini expands clout of Italy's League by stealing page from Trump's immigration playbook. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Multiple references:
  7. Birnbaum, Michael; Pitrelli, Stefano (March 6, 2018). Matteo Salvini could be Western Europe's first far-right leader since 1945. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  8. Multiple references: See also:
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  10. Williams, Thomas D. (June 7, 2018). Italy Minister Salvini Announces 3-Point Immigration Program. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  11. Multiple references: See also:
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  13. https://www.thelocal.it/20180710/italy-turns-away-private-italian-ship-vos-thalassa-rescued-migrants-libya For the first time, Italy prevents a private Italian ship from docking with rescued migrants]. The Local. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  14. Legorano, Giovanni (June 29, 2018). Italy’s Salvini Puts Roadblocks in Migrants’ Way While Reaching Out to Fellow European Populists. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  15. Williams, Thomas D. (July 4, 2018). Poll: Populist Salvini the Most Trusted Politician in Italy. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  16. Tomlinson, Chris (June 28, 2018). Italian Gun Ownership on the Rise as Populist Salvini Offers Stronger Self-Defence Laws. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  17. Tomlinson, Chris (June 28, 2018). Italian Five Star Movement Founder Grillo Backs Populist Salvini as a Man Who Gets Things Done. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  18. Deacon, Liam (January 20, 2018). Italian Election Favourite Blasts Brussels: ‘The EU Can Go F*ck Itself’. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Montgomery, Jack (January 6, 2018). Italy’s Lega Nord Commits to Leaving the Euro, Tripling Deportations, and Securing the Border. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  20. Binnie, Isla (February 24, 2018). League leader pledges to put Italians first as election campaign intensifies. Reuters. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  21. Politi, James (June 22, 2018). Salvini ramps up rhetoric with attack on mandatory vaccines. Financial Times. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  22. Williams, Thomas D. (January 31, 2018). Italy’s Salvini Promises Sealed Borders, ‘Today’s Islam Is a Danger’. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  23. Tomlinson, Chris (February 28, 2018). Italian Populist Leader Slams Pro-Migrant Bishop: ‘The Gospel Doesn’t Say to Welcome Everyone’. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  24. Scherer, Steve (Jun 26, 2018). Echoes of Trump as Italy's Salvini gets tough on migrants. Reuters. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  25. Koukakis, Nasos (March 2, 2018). Not all Europeans hate Trump's tariff policy — Italy's far-right PM candidate loves it. CNBC. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  26. Multiple references:
  27. Mcintosh, Jane (March 6, 2018). Who are Italy's two leading populist parties: Five Star Movement and the League? Deutsche Welle. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  28. Multiple references: