“We have created a ministry of the family to work on fertility, nurseries, on a fiscal system which takes large families into account. At the end of this mandate, the government will be measured on the number of newborns more than on its public debt,” [Italy’s new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini] declared.
The 45-year-old warned that nothing less than Italy’s “tradition, our story, our identity” was at stake — particularly as the political left was using declining birthrates and the supposed threat of an ageing population an “excuse” to “import immigrants”.
The Italian leader appears to be following in the footsteps of conservatives in Central Europe, particularly Poland and Hungary, who have made a conscious decision to pursue pro-family policies and reject mass migration, even if it means slower short-term gains to GDP and provoking the globalist establishment in the European Union. …
The stance of Orbán and Salvini stands in marked contrast to that of many left-liberal politicians in Western Europe, such as Germany’s Gregor Gysi, who believe it is not just necessary but actively desirable that local people be replaced by ‘New Europeans’ from a migration background.
hat-tip Stephen Neil