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*Tomlinson, Chris (June 15, 2018). [http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/06/15/80-percent-italians-agree-populist-salvini-block-migrant-transport-ship/ 80 Percent of Italians Support Populist Govt. Blocking Migrant Transport Vessel from Ports]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 15, 2018.</ref> and he said he would continue such actions.<ref>Multiple references:
 
*Tomlinson, Chris (June 15, 2018). [http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/06/15/80-percent-italians-agree-populist-salvini-block-migrant-transport-ship/ 80 Percent of Italians Support Populist Govt. Blocking Migrant Transport Vessel from Ports]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 15, 2018.</ref> and he said he would continue such actions.<ref>Multiple references:
 
*Shaw, Adam (June 16, 2018). [http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/16/italys-populist-government-wont-permit-boats-carrying-migrants-to-dock-despite-eu-pressure.html Italy's populist government won't permit boats carrying migrants to dock, despite EU pressure]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
 
*Shaw, Adam (June 16, 2018). [http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/16/italys-populist-government-wont-permit-boats-carrying-migrants-to-dock-despite-eu-pressure.html Italy's populist government won't permit boats carrying migrants to dock, despite EU pressure]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
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*Hale, Virginia (June 17, 2018). [http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/06/17/italy-migrant-boats-leave-mocks/ Italy Demands Migrant NGO Boats Leave Mediterranean, Mocks Leftist Crew Members]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
 
*Pullella, Philip (June 16, 2018). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-italy/italy-demands-netherlands-recall-ngo-migrant-rescue-ships-idUSKBN1JC0GW Italy demands Netherlands recall NGO migrant rescue ships]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
 
*Pullella, Philip (June 16, 2018). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-italy/italy-demands-netherlands-recall-ngo-migrant-rescue-ships-idUSKBN1JC0GW Italy demands Netherlands recall NGO migrant rescue ships]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
*Borrelli, Silvia Sciorilli (June 16, 2018). [https://www.politico.eu/article/matteo-salvini-migration-italy-ports-closed-to-migrant-vessels/ Matteo Salvini: Italy’s ports are closed to migrant vessels]. ''Politico''. Retrieved June 16, 2018.</ref>
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*Borrelli, Silvia Sciorilli (June 16, 2018). [https://www.politico.eu/article/matteo-salvini-migration-italy-ports-closed-to-migrant-vessels/ Matteo Salvini: Italy’s ports are closed to migrant vessels]. ''Politico''. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
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*Deacon, Liam (June 17, 2018). [http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/06/17/nearly-70-per-cent-of-italians-back-salvinis-stand-again-eu-on-migrant-ship/ Nearly 70 Per Cent of Italians Back Salvini’s Stand Against EU on Migrant Ferries]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 17, 2018.</ref>
  
 
==Policies==
 
==Policies==

Revision as of 21:17, 17 June 2018

Lega Nord
Party leader Matteo Salvini
Parliamentary leader
Founded December 4, 1989
Headquarters
Political ideology Conservatism
Political position Right-wing populist
International affiliation none
Color(s) green
Website leganord.org

Lega Nord is a conservative and right-wing populist party in Italy. It is led by Matteo Salvini.

History

While once a regionalist and left-of-center party, Lega Nord has since shifted strongly toward the right and tried to appeal to Italian voters throughout the country. Much of this shift occurred shortly before and after Matteo Salvini, who led the effort to expand it from just a regional party,[1][2] became its leader in 2013. While Lega Nord was in serious trouble when Salvini became party leader, he 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.[3]

The party was renamed "The League" for the 2018 general election, and it made massive gains, quadrupling its vote share. While it strongly opposes immigration, it elected the first black senator in Italian history, contrary to left-wing caricatures of it.[4][5] Lega performed so well that it became the dominant party in its coalition, overtaking Silvio Berlusconi's establishment Forza Italia,[6] and Salvini had a very real chance of becoming Italy's prime minister.[7] In April 2018, during government coalition negotiations, the Northern League performed very well in an election in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia,[8] and it performed very well in local elections in June, after the creation of a coalition government.[9]

In May 2018, the League and the fellow anti-establishment Five Star Movement agreed to a common platform, one that promoted strongly nationalist and anti-establishment policies.[10] Both parties allowed their voters to choose whether they approved of the coalition agenda.[11] Despite this, Italy's establishment president rejected the coalition government as it supported nominating a Euroskeptic finance minister.[12] However, a few days later, the two parties were able to reach a compromise with Italy's president and finalized their governing coalition.[13] The new government, Western Europe's first one completely run by populist and anti-establishment parties, was sworn in on June 1, 2018.[14] The League received several important government positions, including Salvini as Interior Minister and in charge of Italy's immigration policy, and Lorenzo Fontana, a strong pro-life and social conservative advocate, as the minister in charge of family policy, among others.[15]

With Salvini in charge of Italy's immigration policies, the League showed it was serious about securing Italy's borders. For example, early in the coalition government, Salvini refused to let a boat carrying over 600 migrants land in Italy as the country shared an undue immigration burden,[16] and he said he would continue such actions.[17]

Policies

Lega Nord takes Euroskeptic positions[18] and supports leaving the Euro.[19] It also takes nationalist positions, supporting putting the Italian people first when making policy, as opposed to advancing globalist ideals.[20]

Lega Nord also takes a strong position against mass migration and Islam,[21][22] and it supports strong border security actions.[19] The League also supports enacting tariffs on foreign products.[23]

Under Salvini, Lega Nord has aligned itself with other like-minded parties and politicians in Europe, including the French National Front led by Marine Le Pen and Party for Freedom led by Geert Wilders.[6][24] It is highly critical of George Soros.[25]

References

  1. 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.
  2. Balmer, Crispian (February 9, 2018). Italy's League leaves northern bastions, bangs anti-migrant drum. Reuters. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  3. 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.
  4. Tomlinson, Chris (March 7, 2018). Right-Wing Italian Populist Is First Black Senator in Country’s History. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  5. Osborne, Samuel (March 7, 2018). Italy elects first black senator in history, for anti-immigration Lega party. The Independent. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
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  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.
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  11. Segreti, Giulia (May 20, 2018). Italians back League, 5-Star plan as groups ready government team. Reuters. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
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  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. Williams, Thomas D. (January 31, 2018). Italy’s Salvini Promises Sealed Borders, ‘Today’s Islam Is a Danger’. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Friedman, Victoria (June 4, 2018). Italian Populist: We’re Going in the ‘Right Direction’ If Soros Is Worried. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 4, 2018.

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