World News

Euroskeptic parties surge in Italy election, but no majority

Euroskeptic parties surge in Italy election, but no majority

A center-right alliance including former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party will have the most seats after winning 37 percent of the vote, compared to 23 percent for the governing center-left bloc.

Now, the power balance is reversed - with Forza Italia only gaining about 14 per cent versus the League's more than 17 per cent - and a coalition would result in the far-right leading one of Europe's biggest nations.

With the bloc's third-largest economy seemingly facing prolonged political instability, the anti-immigrant League claimed the right to rule after its centre-right alliance won the largest bloc of votes.

"Italians have chosen to take back control of the country from the insecurity and precariousness put in place by (center-left Democratic Party leader Matteo) Renzi", Salvini told a press conference. Neither got enough votes to govern alone, however, which will likely lead to a period of political uncertainty in Italy. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement; founded by controversial comedian Beppe Grillo only a decade ago, saw its support soar to become Italy's largest single party, receiving around 31%.

The ruling centre left lost ground after the Democratic Party, led by Matteo Renzi, secured just 18.9% of the vote.

That's not a particularly good fit when you consider that Forza Italia (one of the right-wing groups) is formed around the leadership of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is somewhat legendary in the annals of government corruption and abuse.

Matteo Salvini, the head of Italy's anti-migrant, euroskeptic League party declared Monday that the shared European euro currency is "wrong" and is ultimately destined to end.

More news: Some Bay Area flights impacted as nor'easter barrels through East Coast

On Twitter, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, runner-up in last year's French presidential election and a strident European Union critic, celebrated Monday the strong showing of the League party.

From the looks of things, the people of Italy have clearly sent a message based on the results of the vote. In the French presidential elections previous year, the FN won 21.3% in the first round and 33.9% in the second round - more than double the number of votes Le Pen's father won in 2007.

The situation mirrors the United Kingdom when Prime Minister Theresa May held snap elections past year and no party came out with a majority. It is true that each of the candidates came from one of these parties and, ultimately, is loyal to them, however they have received the support of all right-wing voters.

This time, a new electoral law made it pretty much impossible to win a majority. It's equally amusing and depressing, to see that Berlusconi wasn't the worst case scenario for Europe after all, given that now something very similar to Brexit could happen in Italy. It remains unclear whether the Cinque Stelle will play ball given that they will be second in line with the right to form a government. The party has been running Rome and some other cities with disastrous results. After the election of the presidents of the two chambers of parliament, "consultations" for the formation of a new government will formally begin. However, the underperformance of both the mainstream parties in the vote has reduced the likelihood of such an outcome. The International Organization for Migration reported that well over 100,000 migrants reached Italy by sea previous year.

The former prime minister warned about "a wind of extremism" in Italy and ruled out his party acting as a "crutch" for any future populist government.

A deal with the Five Star Movement could also divide the PD, where many are smarting from the M5S's victories in traditional leftist heartlands.

In contrast to Germany, Italy has no almost-invincible Merkel to guide its politics nor the same historic burden that has kept the far-right so far somewhat isolated. Italian nationals have been protesting especially about the immigrant issue and have even been pushing for mass deportations.


  • Comerica Bank Sells 12075 Shares of Celgene Co. (CELG)

    Moreover, Bank & Trust Of New York Mellon has 0.38% invested in Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) for 9.51 million shares. Davenport And Limited Liability holds 1.05% of its portfolio in Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) for 567,205 shares.
    Neiphiu Rio sworn in as Nagaland Chief Minister

    Neiphiu Rio sworn in as Nagaland Chief Minister

    In the recently held local elections NDPP-Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) combine got 30 seats. The oath was administered by the Governor PB Acharya.
    National Basketball Association  player, education secretary visit school where 17 shot

    National Basketball Association player, education secretary visit school where 17 shot

    His brother visited him twice, along with Rocxanne Deschamps, who took in both teens after their mother died in November. Expelled former student Nikolas Cruz , 19, has been charged with 17 counts of murder.
  • Northeast Faces Another Wallop of Snow

    Northeast Faces Another Wallop of Snow

    As of midafternoon, some places in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the New York City area had over 6 inches of snow. But parts of New England will see heavy to moderate snow overnight into Thursday morning, forecasters said.
    Quetta steal two-wicket win in thriller

    Quetta steal two-wicket win in thriller

    Holding the batting together, he saved his best towards the end of the innings to lead an assault on Peshawar Zalmi. Rose whitely scored 16 runs while Pollard ended with 16 runs not out.
    F-35B Stealth Fighter Makes Historic Deployment Aboard US Assault Ship

    F-35B Stealth Fighter Makes Historic Deployment Aboard US Assault Ship

    The USS Wasp is a 40,000-ton amphibious assault ship built by the US Marine Corps for launching seaborne invasions. It does that by pairing troop-carrying amphibious ships with surface vessels, such as guided-missile destroyers.
  • Utility crews feverishly restoring power; another storm soon

    Utility crews feverishly restoring power; another storm soon

    Kennedy International airports, and downed trees that disrupted service along Amtrak's corridor between Boston and Washington. Winds up to 50 miles per hour combined with rain, sleet and snow to leave large portions of the state damaged.
    Sharif family appears in NAB court as Avenfield reference enters final phase

    Sharif family appears in NAB court as Avenfield reference enters final phase

    Two accused in the Ishaq Dar assets case on Wednesday filed petition in the court against their planned indictment on March 12. Safdar have been nominated in a reference with regard to the Sharif family's London-based Avenfield properties.
    MS  lawmakers approve earliest USA  abortion ban

    MS lawmakers approve earliest USA abortion ban

    Phil Bryant wants to make his state "the safest place" for an unborn child by signing the earliest abortion ban in the country. The Kentucky House Judiciary committee has approved a bill banning a certain type of abortion procedure after about 11 weeks.
  • Revenues climb during year of investment at Domino's

    The takeout chain's group system sales rose 15% to £1.18 billion in 2017, helping underlying profit lift 10.2% to £96.2 million. DominoÂ's Pizza, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a pizza delivery firm in the United States and internationally.
    DeRozan leads Raptors to 106-90 win over Hawks with 25 points

    DeRozan leads Raptors to 106-90 win over Hawks with 25 points

    Taurean Prince made back-to-back three-pointers near the midway point of the second to re-establish the Hawks' lead 41-38. Toronto, which trailed by one to begin the fourth quarter, improved to 4-16 when behind through three.
    Tehran's missile production 'increased three-fold' - commander

    Tehran's missile production 'increased three-fold' - commander

    After Drian's comment, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the pressing concern of maintaining the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has threatened to discard the nuclear deal if the terms are not satisfactory to his liking.