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Italy: Has Salvini Saved the Country from Himself? Not Yet


Since early September 2019, Italy is no longer led by a Eurosceptic government. The new yellow–red coalition composed of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) was formed under a declared discontinuity with respect to the previous M5S–Lega government (yellow–green) on European issues. Ironically, such an outcome was actually caused by former Minister of Interior, Matteo Salvini, one of the most Eurosceptic political figures in Italy and in the European Union (EU), the leader of the Lega and founder of the Identity and Democracy group in the European Parliament.