Steve Bannon's Plan and other political musings Jan 13, 2020 19:40:53 GMT 1
Post by pjotr on Jan 13, 2020 19:40:53 GMT 1
When President Trump’s former strategist, Steve Bannon, was ousted from his White House post, he didn't disappear. He went to Europe and is heading up new projects to support right-wing populist parties that are currently surging across the continent. Vice News sent Michael Moynihan to Sweden, Italy, and Belgium to track Bannon and see the rise of Europe’s right-wing populist movement firsthand. Comment (criticism) Pieter: I quote Wikipedia: "This video is interesting and actual concerning the present growth and international Rightwing National Populist movement in Europe. But you see that it is a little bit behind track, because they talk about the populist regionalist, radical right Northern League, and the populist left-libertarian Five Star movement who formed a coalition government in Italy. That coalition fell in 2019 after a conflict between both parties about the construction of the Italian part of Turin–Lyon high-speed railway. After a vote in the Senate regarding the progress of the Turin–Lyon high-speed railway, in which the Lega voted against an attempt of the M5S (The Five Star Movement (Italian: Movimento 5 Stelle) to block the construction works. Many political analysts believe the no confidence motion was an attempt to force early elections to improve Lega's standing in Parliament, ensuring Salvini could become the next Prime Minister. On 20 August, following the parliamentary debate in which Giuseppe Conte, the 58th and current Prime Minister of Italy since 1 June 2018, harshly accused Salvini of being a political opportunist who "had triggered the political crisis only to serve his personal interest", the Prime Minister resigned his post to President Sergio Mattarella.
Conte, a non-party candidate (impartial) became the first person in the history of the Italian Republic to lead governments in the same legislature, both with the right-wing and the left-wing. Conte's first Cabinet, which included Five Star's leader Luigi Di Maio and the League's leader Matteo Salvini, was considered by many newspapers such as The New York Times and la Repubblica as the first populist government in modern Western Europe. Moreover, he was the first person to assume the premiership without prior government or administrative service since Silvio Berlusconi in 1994 and the first Prime Minister from Southern Italy since the Christian Democrat Ciriaco De Mita in 1989. Conte has been often nicknamed "the lawyer of the people" (l'avvocato del popolo), as he defined himself during his first speech as Prime Minister.
The present Conte II Cabinet is the 66th cabinet of the Italian Republic and the second cabinet led by Giuseppe Conte. The government was sworn in on 5 September 2019.
The cabinet is supported by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), along with the leftist parliamentary group Free and Equal (LeU) and, since 17 September, the centrist party Italia Viva (IV), which splintered from the PD on that day. The government has been referred to as the "yellow-red government" (governo giallorosso), based on the customary colours of the main supporting parties.
The Conte II Cabinet is the one with the lowest average age of its members in the history of the Italian Republic.
The Turin–Lyon high-speed railway is a rail line under construction between the cities of Turin and Lyon. It will link the Italian and French high-speed rail networks and will be 270 km (170 mi)-long. The core of the project is the Mont d'Ambin Base Tunnel, a 57.5 kilometres (35.7 mi)-long tunnel crossing the Alps between Susa valley in Italy and Maurienne in France. The tunnel will be the longest rail tunnel in the world, ahead of the 57.1 km Gotthard Base Tunnel. It represents one third of the estimated overall cost of the project and is the only part of the line where work has started."
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