Link between Italy’s Salvini and Hungary’s Orban downplayed

Europe 05/30/19, 09:59

A top aide to Hungary's prime minister says he sees only a "slight possibility" that Viktor Orban's Fidesz Party will link up with Italy's Matteo Salvini in a coalition in the European Parliament.Gergely Gulyas, Orban's chief of staff, said Thursday that while they "naturally respect" Salvini and the Italian government, ...

EU asks Italy to explain failure to reduce debt

Europe 05/29/19, 11:09

The European Commission has sent the Italian government a letter asking it to clarify why the eurozone's third-largest economy has not made sufficient progress in reducing debt.A European Commission spokesperson confirmed that Wednesday's letter from EU Finance Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis and EU Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici asks for a response ...

European Central Bank sends Italy a warning over debt

Europe 05/29/19, 03:04

The European Central Bank says that challenges to financial stability in the eurozone have risen amid risks to growth from trade tensions, and warns that indebted governments such as Italy could run into trouble if they don't heed rules limiting debt and deficits.The warning in an ECB report released Wednesday ...

Salvini vows to unite EU populists, lacks willing partners

Europe 05/28/19, 05:46

Italy's victorious right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, says the European elections have created "a new geography" of anti-elite sentiment in the EU. But it is far from certain that he will be able to forge a bloc from parties who are united around a strict euroskeptic, anti-migrant, anti-Islam platform, but little ...

Countries to watch as divided Europe chooses its parliament

Europe 05/26/19, 01:35

As voters in all 28 European Union countries elect a new shared parliament , here are some key races to watch in the battle to fill the 751 seats in the European Parliament:ITALYItaly's anti-migrant, anti-Islam interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has been campaigning hard to boost his right-wing League party to ...

Fascist symbols and rhetoric on rise in Italian EU vote

Europe 05/23/19, 02:36

Honor to Mussolini" read the banner unfurled steps away from the Milan piazza where the Fascist dictator's body was hung upside down in 1945 by partisans after his summary execution. That this was the eve of the 74th anniversary of Italy's liberation from Nazi-fascism was not lost on the leader ...

Poland’s Kaczynski says Le Pen’s party ‘linked to Moscow’

Europe 05/22/19, 05:04

The powerful leader of Poland's nationalist ruling party says that political groups in some European Union states, including Marine Le Pen's party in France, are "obviously linked to Moscow and receive its support."Jaroslaw Kaczynski's comment in an interview published Wednesday by the Gazeta Polska weekly suggest that his party's wariness ...

Italy’s Salvini furious as 47 migrants land despite his ban

Europe 05/20/19, 03:18

Italy's hard-line Interior Minister Matteo Salvini threatened possible legal action Monday after 47 migrants rescued at sea by a humanitarian aid ship landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa despite his explicit ban against them. The German aid group Sea-Watch said the 47 migrants were transferred to Lampedusa on Sunday ...

UN tells Italy proposed decree violates migrants’ rights

Europe 05/19/19, 06:00

U.N. human rights investigators have told Italy that a proposed decree formalizing the closure of Italian ports to aid groups that rescue migrants at sea violates international law.In a letter to Italy's government, the investigators said the decree appears to be "yet another political attempt to criminalize search and rescue ...

Sea-Watch enters Italian waters with migrants, flouting ban

Europe 05/18/19, 14:23

The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch says its ship carrying 47 migrants has entered Italian waters despite an explicit ban by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.Sea-Watch said Saturday it flouted the ban for humanitarian reasons, moving toward the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.Italy on Friday transferred some migrant families with small children ...

France’s Le Pen predicts historic vote for populist parties

Europe 05/18/19, 04:21

The leader of France's far-right National Rally is predicting that a group of like-minded right-wing populists will achieve "an historic feat" in next week's Europe-wide elections.Marine Le Pen is joining leaders of other nationalist parties Saturday in Italy for a rally organized by League leader Matteo Salvini in front of ...

Salvini pledges ‘shock’ proposals before EU elections

Europe 05/17/19, 08:35

Italian vice premier Matteo Salvini is pledging new "shock" proposals to relaunch Italy's economy during a campaign rally for next week's European Parliament elections with representatives of 11 like-minded populist leaders.The League leader spoke to foreign journalists in Milan on Friday, before a rally Saturday with other populist parties, some ...

Power play: Papal aide’s manhole act angers Italy’s Salvini

Europe 05/13/19, 11:47

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has taken aim at a Vatican cardinal who climbed into a utility manhole to restore electricity to squatters in a government-owned building, pitting Pope Francis' humanitarian priorities against far-right Italian politics.Salvini was incensed by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski's actions. A rising force in Europe's far-right politics, ...

30 migrants arrive in Italy, minister sequesters aid ship

Europe 05/10/19, 12:52

Italy's interior minister says an Italian-flagged migrant rescue ship has been sequestered after it brought 30 migrants to Italy who had been rescued at sea.The head of the Mediterranea Saving Humans group, Luca Casarini, said he hadn't received any notification that the Mare Jonio had been seized by authorities after ...

Far-right leaders rally in Bulgaria ahead of EU elections

Europe 05/03/19, 20:01

Far-right party leaders have accused the European Union of promoting migration policies that aim to destroy the values of EU member nations.Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Rally, and Gerolf Annemans, president of the EU parliament's Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom alliance, attended a populist Bulgarian ...

Italy emerges as ground zero for European extremist populism

Europe 05/03/19, 02:46

Italy's populist interior minister is uniting Europe's right-wing parties under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner for this month's European Union elections, pledging to reshape the continent from its technocratic heart in the EU's base in Brussels.The latest target of Matteo Salvini's wooing: Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. The two bonded ...

Hungarian leader Orban, Italy’s Salvini meeting in Budapest

Europe 05/02/19, 06:38

Hungary's prime minister will host Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in a meeting between two of Europe's main opponents to immigration.Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Salvini will meet Thursday afternoon at Orban's new office in Buda Castle.In an interview published Wednesday in Italian newspaper La Stampa, Orban said Salvini was ...

Trump invites Hungarian leader Orban to May 13 meeting

Politics 05/02/19, 02:33

A Hungarian goverment spokesman says Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been invitied by U.S. President Donald Trump for a "working meeting" on May 13. Zoltan Kovacs tweeted Thursday that the meeting in Washington will cover issues like energy security, defense cooperation, bilateral relations and regional security. In July 2016, Orban became the ...

Italy’s top leaders in Tunisia to shore up ties, security

Europe 04/30/19, 06:35

Italy's prime minister and an array of top ministers on Tuesday were visiting Tunisia, a strategic and economic partner whose shared concerns include migration and the North African country's unstable neighbor, Libya.Present for the inter-governmental summit were Premier Giuseppe Conte, Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio and anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo ...

146 migrants land in Italy in UN-organized Libya evacuation

Europe 04/29/19, 16:41

A group of 146 asylum-seekers have arrived in Italy as part of a U.N.-backed humanitarian evacuation from Libya.The U.N. refugee agency says it's the fifth such evacuation since 2017, though previous airlifts have taken migrants to Niger and elsewhere.The group arrived Monday at a Rome military base. Dozens of the ...

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