"He mocks intellectuals, and operates an intensive Twitterkampanj against refugees. Matteo Salvini is Italy's new strong man who transformed the Lega – and for the EUROPEAN elections goes to the party on the rails. Now, says Salvini himself wanting to influence the union from within."
"Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini posing with a k-pist in his hand on one of the latest photos of him circulating on social media. It was put up by the lega's head of communications, together with a text about the party stands armed in the face of all that "
"Under Matteo Salvini has the Lega made a substantial right turn. ”Nord” has been removed from the chairman and you want to appear as an option for the whole nation – now talk, therefore, silent on its original core issues, autonomy for the northern regions. Now, the EU is the enemy, instead of syditalienare and "
"– The Salvini says is ”Ave Maria” for anyone who has ever been afraid that immigrants will take their jobs. But it is not that we are racists, " says Barnaba Gottardi, who discusses the issue with a group of friends at the bar Napulè in Peschiera del Garda, a small town next to lake Garda in the northern Italian region of Veneto. Here tourists are many, the region is relatively rich, and aid for the northern league is strong."
"Immigration and crime has been the party's main issue. It also fits like hand in glove for the EUROPEAN elections. Two-thirds of Italian voters want certainly not be the country to leave the union, according to the world of Ixe. But at the same time, there is a bitterness over Italy has been affected much more than many other EU countries of migration across the Mediterranean."
"If we were to be a union, really, it would mean that about one hundred immigrants will enter the advantages of them over the whole union," says Barnaba Gottardi, while the group of friends moves to the pizzeria right next door."
"He points out that Italy has a worse financial position than many countries in the EU."
"Even those who traditionally do not choose right-wing politics to vote for the Lega. 65-year-old Flaviola has always stood to the left, but in the european Elections she wants to try something new and have chosen Salvini."
"– Above all, it is for security, and for Salvini to remove the requirement of compulsory vaccination. I am not against migration but it requires control. Though there are several things I do not agree with him, for example, I am for gay marriage, " she says and declares that she is not a racist."
"But Flaviola is still worried about that"
"the Lega has managed to drum into their truth, says Gianluca Passarelli, a political scientist at the Sapienzauniversitetet in Rome. Many italians believe that immigrants are as many as 30 to 40 percent of the population, according to a Eurobarometer survey, while in reality, fewer than ten per cent. Passarelli describes the Lega as a enfrågeparti – but the reasons for its success are many in the complicated political situation."
"– Italy has a weak civil society and a lack of structured political parties – the opposition is completely in the shambles and the unions are rather quiet. The intellectuals are trying to bring public opinion but the media is not independent, but are linked to politics, " he says."
"There is a lack of options, which many italians return to. Among others, Maurizio, a young journalist living in Milan, who do not want to give his last name."
" I am gay, and stands for everything that the Lega is received in its family policy. But still, I am considering to vote for them. You understand our situation, " he says in a restaurant in the artists and bartäta the Navigli area."
"the northern league is moving forward in the european Elections does not mean, however, that they continue to be big in Italy, underlines Gianluca Passarelli."
"– maybe They get many votes in the election, but the question is whether the party has health or not. A horse can win a race, but die afterwards. We saw the same development with Femstjärnerörelsen, " he says, referring that the party has gone from 32,7 per cent in the election in march 2018, is now expected to land at around 20 per cent."
"How Salvini wants to influence the EU remains to be seen. In Italy is produced by him as a man of action after having stopped the flyktingskepp from adding in the country. He also promises that after the 26 may will give priority to the monitoring of their borders."
"But your friends in Peschiera don't think he has a vision. With equal parts sarcasm and lead – which characterizes most of their political discussions – they say what he will do in the union, if he gets the power:"
"– Nothing! they say in the run."
"the Party, the Lega had begun as a federation between several regional parties of northern and central Italy: Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Umberto Bossi founded the party in 1991 with the more left-wing mayor in the Lombardy region, Roberto Maroni."
"the Party may be young, but is now the oldest in the Italian parliament. For the european Elections, they have been predicted to get as much as 30 to 35 per cent."
"Matteo Salvini was born in 1973 in Milan. He has worked as a journalist and joined the northern league in 1990. When he became the leader of the Lega in the year 2013 had a party around four per cent."
"the Lega has traditionally pushed the issue to Italy's regions should have more autonomy, particularly the northern regions. How this should look like has varied over the years, but we have primarily chosen that the regions should retain their own tax revenues."
"Among the political demands that the Lega brought forward is a ”flat tax” of fifteen percent, the legalization of prostitution, free early childhood education for children, stricter control of immigration, and the abolition of a law granting Italian citizenship to children with foreign parents who is born and bred in Italy."
"During the last Elections drove Matteo Salvini, a campaign for what was then known as the Lega Nord by forcefully say no to the euro. The attitudes have softened and it is now not clear where you stand. Several of the lega's candidates for the european Parliament is open eurokritiska. Francesca Donato is, for example, the chairman of Italy's organization Eurexit. She has, however, told Reuters that she will not fight for Italy to leave the euro zone."
"Many Italian eurokritiker believe that an exit would allow Italy to revive its economy by spending more and to devalue the currency, thus promoting exports. Others believe that it would lead to capital flight, higher borrowing costs and inflation, which would reduce the value of their savings."