ITALY: Candidate Who Ran on Platform to Deport 500,000 Migrants Wins Italian Elections

Candidate Matteo Salvini ran on a platform to deport 500,000 immigrants living in Italy illegally.

Salvini won the Italian election on Sunday.

The election was a blow to the European Union.

The Guardian reported:

A majority of Italian voters have supported Eurosceptic candidates in the national election, preliminary results showed, after decades in which Italy has steadfastly championed the European project.

Early results released by the interior ministry on Monday morning, as ballots continued to be counted, pointed to a hung parliament, though there was still a possibility that the centre-right coalition, with about 37% of the vote, could secure a majority once parliamentary seats are allocated.

Either result would represent a repudiation of Brussels by Italian voters, less than two years after the UK narrowly voted to leave the European Union.

Italy’s election poses more questions than it answers
Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome
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Unlike British voters, Italians would not support an exit from Europe or a referendum on leaving the eurozone, but their backing of populist parties who have previously been open to a referendum on the euro – which would legally be exceedingly difficult to do – was an important barometer of the mood of the country.



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