Salvini era is over as Italy moves toward pro-EU government

Salvini era is over as Italy moves toward pro-EU government, by Jacopo Barigazzi.

Italy’s anti-establishment 5Star Movement [whose founder was comedian Beppe Grillo] got the green light from party members in an online vote on Tuesday to form a new coalition government with the center-left Democratic Party (PD).

Rome will then switch from the first populist government in Western Europe to another first — a ruling alliance between an established party and self-declared populists — and take a stance that’s more focused on the EU and less on Russia.

The 5Stars announced on Tuesday evening that 79 percent of the nearly 80,000 people who took part in the vote back the deal. Their previous partners, the right-wing League, brought down Europe’s first post-war populist government after 15 months by calling a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. League leader Matteo Salvini’s bid to trigger a new election backfired and banished him to the opposition. …

As for Salvini, he attacked the new government, saying in a tweet that the parties’ only common denominator is “hatred towards the League.” He added that the new government “will reopen ports and borders” and in another tweet predicted that the new coalition won’t last long. …

The 5Stars and Democratic Party make an unlikely couple, as the former was founded as a rejection of established parties like the PD. The new government was made possible by abrupt U-turns from key players like the former PD leader Matteo Renzi and by Grillo himself. …

The new government will be less confrontational toward Brussels than the 5Stars/League, especially on migration where Salvini’s hard-line stance put him at odds with Italy’s EU partners.

Green-lighted to resume, no vote by the people required

Z-Man:

The Italians are now watching their political class submarine the will of the people in an egregious series of deceits by the Five Star Movement. The Italians voted for a populist, anti-EU coalition. Instead, the Five Star Movement cut a deal with the internationalist, pro-EU party to sabotage the nationalists. The result is the exact opposite of what the people voted for in their last election. …

In all of these cases, the question that never gets asked in the media is who is bribing these people to carry on this way. The most likely reason Five Star finked on its voters is the leaders took bribes from Brussels.