Local elections will take place in over 1,300 municipalities of Italy on October 3 and 4. What is the general political context leading into these elections and how is the left organizing to bring an alternative voice into local institutions?
The recent electoral trends show that the winning streak of the Italian right-wing led by Matteo Salvini of the League has been checked, at least temporarily
The provincial elections in Emilia Romagna saw the center-left Democratic Party defeating the right-wing led by Matteo Salvini’s League. Emilia Romagna was the epicenter of the Sardine Movement which was directed against the right wing
The scope and scale of the right-wing resurgence this year shows the urgent need for greater working class mobilizations that can safeguard and deepen democracy and build coalitions
Adherence to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) by Italy is likely to make way for more austerity measures and policies of structural adjustments, as stipulated by the European Union
The police have alleged that the network was involved in groundwork for the launch of a pro-Nazi party, called the Italian National Socialist Workers’ Party
Italian president Sergio Mattarella gave prime minister Giuseppe Conte a mandate to form a new government, much to the dismay of Matteo Salvini, who had pushed a no-confidence motion against Conte.
The German charity organization Lifeline also said that Malta had refused their request to supply water and food for migrants aboard the rescue ship, which is carrying over a hundred people on board.
The Spanish rescue ship was stranded at sea for 19 days, awaiting permission to dock. Finally, the prosecutor’s office in Sicily ordered the evacuation of the boat due to deteriorating health conditions.
Salvini is eager for fresh elections given his far-right wing party’s strong showing in the European parliament polls and significant lead in surveys
The ship, with 121 migrants onboard, now awaits the Spanish government’s approval to dock at a safe port after being denied permission by Malta and Italy.
The closure was ordered by the far-right Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who has maintained a harsh stance against the reception of migrants from the war-torn North African countries.