Giuseppe Conte

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Giuseppe Conte (born August 8, 1964) is the prime minister of Italy, serving since June 1, 2018. His government is a coalition between the Five Star Movement and the conservative Lega Nord, with Matteo Salvini being in his cabinet as Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

Early in his premiership, Conte developed good relations with U.S. President Donald Trump due to their general agreement on various policies.[1][2]

Coalition government

The Conte government developed a strong stance on immigration, because of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. However, in a leaked audio recording, Conte privately admitted to Angela Merkel that he disagreed with Salvini's policies and actually favored an "open borders" migration policy.[3]

The government relaxed mandatory vaccine regulations, making it easier for parents to prove their children were vaccinated.[4][5]

In December 2018, Conte stated that "if populism means giving sovereignty back to the people, we are proud to call ourselves populists."[6] He also made statements critical of the European Union.[7]

References

  1. Lyman, Eric J. (June 20, 2018). Trump, new Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte forge unlikely bond. The Washington Times. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  2. Trump praises Conte as 'very strong' on immigration. The Local. June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  3. Tomlinson, Chris (February 3, 2019). Leaked Audio Reveals Italian PM Telling Merkel ‘Salvini is Against Everyone’. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  4. Giuffrida, Angela (July 11, 2018). Rise of Italian populist parties buoys anti-vaccine movement. The Guardian. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  5. Mandatory vaccinations: Italian parents will no longer need to provide doctor's note. The Local. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  6. Williams, Thomas D. (December 11, 2018). Italy’s Giuseppe Conte: We Are ‘Proud to Call Ourselves Populists’. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. Friedman, Victoria (February 13, 2019). Verhofstadt on a Roll, Calls Italian President ‘Puppet’ of Populists. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 13, 2019.