Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Italy swears in populist prime minister

Italy swears in populist prime minister

A controversial agreement between Italy's former centre-left government and authorities and militias in Libya has triggered a decline in overall arrivals of some 75 percent since the summer of 2017.

Nearly 160 migrants disembarked a rescue ship Friday evening in Sicily, the NGO SOS Mediterranee said, days before hardline anti-immigrant League leader Matteo Salvini is to visit the island as Italy's new interior minister. Mattarella had vetoed the 5-Star-League's first proposed candidate for the post because of his euroskeptic views.

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. "Let's talk about proposals and let's find solutions agreed to by all the European Union member states, to follow them together rather than using the "Brexit" logic which says that when Europe doesn't suit you or you don't like it anymore, you abandon it".

Recently, Soros relocated the foundation out of his native Hungary, where right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused it of being part of a strategy to flood Europe with migrants - something Soros and his organization deny.

The populist Five Star Movement emerged the single largest party in Italy's March elections, gaining almost a third of the vote.

"We'll work with determination to improve the living quality of all Italians", he added.

Conte, 53, who has been criticised as being a "Mr Nobody", named hardline anti-migrant Salvini as interior minister, while Di Maio will become minister for economic development.

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5-Star and the League have a solid majority in both houses of parliament, where the Government will now face confidence votes early next week in order to be fully empowered. My concern is the future of asylum seekers, people who are eligible for a refugee status.

"The immigration question is still burning", Salvini said.

Mr Salvini also visited the port of Pozzallo, where a boat carrying more than 150 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa landed on Friday after being rescued by a humanitarian group. Savona is now expected to be nominated to serve as European Union minister, instead.

Mr Di Maio and Mr Salvini will serve as deputy premiers, with economist Giovanni Tria, 69, as finance minister.

29 May: The dust shows no sign of settling and Italy's political turmoil spreads to financial markets across the world.

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 Tunisian Foreign Ministry expressed "great surprise" at Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's statement on Sunday that the north African country "isn't exporting gentlemen, it seems more often they're exporting convicts".

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