New govern­ment vows to cre­ate jobs, de­port mi­grants

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Obituaries / News -

Italy’s new pop­ulist lead­ers com­mem­o­rated the found­ing of the Ital­ian repub­lic by at­tend­ing a pomp-filled mil­i­tary pa­rade Satur­day, then promised to get to work cre­at­ing jobs and ex­pelling mi­grants.

“The free ride is over,” League leader Mat­teo Salvini, Italy’s new in­te­rior min­is­ter, warned mi­grants at a rally in north­ern Italy. “It’s time to pack your bags.”

The pledge of mass de­por­ta­tions to come was a re­minder that Italy has a staunchly anti-im­mi­grant, right-wing party in its gov­ern­ing coali­tion — and the Euro­pean Union will face a whole new part­ner gov­ern­ing its fourth-largest econ­omy.

Ear­lier, Salvini joined Premier Giuseppe Conte and the rest of the newly swornin Cabi­net to view the Repub­lic Day pa­rade. Italy’s aero­nau­tic ac­ro­batic squad flew low and loud over down­town Rome trail­ing smoke in the red, white and green of the Ital­ian flag.

The na­tional pride on dis­play is a fea­ture of ev­ery Repub­lic Day, but it took on a par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance this year af­ter Italy on Fri­day ended three months of po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial tur­moil and swore in a govern­ment whose pop­ulist and eu­roskep­tic lean­ings have alarmed Europe.

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