Steve Bannon says Europe’s populists ‘don’t need me’
ROME (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday predicted a "stunning victory" for populists and nationalists in the European Parliament elections in May and said they can...
MILAN (AP) — Italy's Senate refused Wednesday to lift Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's immunity to face possible charges for refusing to allow migrants aboard an Italian coast guard ship to...
MILAN (AP) — A humanitarian rescue ship carrying 48 migrants entered the port of Lampedusa, where they were being allowed to disembark Tuesday evening despite an earlier refusal by Italy's...
ROME (AP) — Italy's coalition government frayed further Friday over the stalled high-speed rail line to France, with the League insisting it go ahead and the 5-Star Movement refusing to fund the...
MILAN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have marched in Italy's financial capital against policies by the populist government that they say promote racism.
ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says police have arrested an Algerian who fought in Syria for Islamic State.
Anti-terrorism officials told reporters on Friday that...
Italian minister insists Alpine train tunnel not derailed
ROME (AP) — The leader of one of Italy's ruling parties says a high-speed rail tunnel through the Alps is on track for completion but the project might be modified.
Vote on minister’s immunity puts Italian populists in bind
ROME (AP) — Should senators from Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement strip the firebrand leader of the far-right League of his immunity from criminal prosecution, possibly jeopardizing the populist government in which the two parties are coalition partners?
Sardinian shepherds pour milk on roads to protest low prices
ROME (AP) — Shepherds have been pouring milk on highways and town streets on the Italian island of Sardinia to protest prices paid by cheesemakers for their milk.
On a fifth straight day of protests, the shepherds were joined on Tuesday by students in a march in Nuoro, Sardinia, where shopkeepers shut stores in solidarity. The shepherds poured milk from large canisters onto streets.
Italy: Regional vote pairs far-right League, centrist party
ROME (AP) — Voters in one of Italy's least populated regions are casting ballots in an election that was regarded as a limited indicator of national parties' popularity ahead of European Parliament elections.
The governorship and regional assembly of Abruzzo, central Italy, were at stake Sunday.
The anti-migrant League party allied with former Prime Minister's Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia for the regional election.
Italian-Egyptian singer wins contest exalting Italian song
ROME (AP) — An Italian-Egyptian singer has won a long-running music contest that aims to exalt Italian song.
Alessandro Mahmoud, who performs with the stage name Mahmood, triumphed at the Sanremo music festival late Saturday with his rendition of "Soldi" ("Money").
The 26-year-old's winning song has a rhythmic beat often heard in North African music.
France recalls ambassador to Italy after yellow vest meeting
PARIS (AP) — France recalled its ambassador to Italy on Thursday amid rising tensions after Italy's deputy prime minister met with French anti-government protesters and Italian leaders made critical public comments about French President Emmanuel Macron's government.
French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said the ambassador was being brought back for "consultations" and urged Italy in a statement to work to restore friendly relations worthy of "our common destiny."
Italy’s Salvini backs EU train line opposed by govt partner
MILAN (AP) — Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said he supports a review of a high-speed railway project stalled by protests for decades but thinks the project should be completed despite opposition to it by his government coalition partner, the 5-Star Movement.
UN, church officials press Italy to let migrants disembark
ROME (AP) — Three United Nations agencies appealed Saturday to Italy to allow 47 migrants off a private rescue ship after a week in cold weather and decried a "'boat-by-boat" approach that keeps vulnerable asylum-seekers at sea while European nations squabble.
Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German aid group, could be seen about a mile offshore from Syracuse, Sicily as fishermen, priests and others turned out for a solidarity rally in support of the stranded passengers.
Italy: Anti-terrorism unit probes threat against Salvini
MILAN (AP) — An Italian anti-terrorism unit is investigating graffiti on a wall in Milan inciting violence against Italy's firebrand interior minister, Matteo Salvini.
The blue lettering that appeared Thursday urges: "Don't shoot blanks. Shoot Salvini." It bears a red A inside a circle, a typical anarchist symbol, and the figure of Salvini in a law enforcement uniform.
Salvini responded to the threat saying, "nothing and no one scares me, or will stop me."
French minister dismisses Italian insult as ‘insignificant’
PARIS (AP) — France's European affairs minister has dismissed insulting remarks about the French president made by the Italian interior minister, saying that they were insignificant and won't trigger a "competition of the stupidest."
Nathalie Loisseau said on Wednesday in response to a question after the weekly Cabinet meeting that Matteo Salvini's jabs at France are "useless" because they don't serve Italians and won't change French policy.
Italy’s Salvini lashes out at Macron as ‘terrible president’
MILAN (AP) — Italy's interior minister on Tuesday called the French leader Emmanuel Macron "a terrible president," in comments that were sure to further add to tensions with Italy's trans-Alpine neighbour over immigration.
Poles signal caution over alliance with Italy’s Salvini
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Members of Poland's populist ruling party on Thursday signalled some reservations about forming an alliance with Italy's anti-migrant League party.
Italy’s Salvini seeks to build new European order with Poles
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister vowed Wednesday to work with Poland to create a "new European spring" as he sought to build an alliance with Poland's ruling populists ahead of the European Parliament elections in May.
After a meeting with Poland's powerful ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini expressed satisfaction and said they agreed "90 percent" about what should be done to reform the European Union.
Malta to take stranded migrants off boats in EU deal
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese military vessels will soon take ashore 49 migrants who have been stranded aboard private rescue vessels since last month and the asylum-seekers will be distributed among eight European Union nations, Malta said Wednesday.
Italian mayors, governors challenge government asylum law
ROME (AP) — The ranks of prominent citizens opposed to a new Italian law cracking down on asylum-seekers swelled on Monday, with more governors announcing court challenges to the populist government's measure.
Italy gov’t minister opposes stopping matches for racism
ROME (AP) — Opposing views emerged at a summit of Italian soccer and government leaders on Monday following an outbreak of violence and racism surrounding a game in Milan last month.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced that he opposes suspending matches due to racist chants, while the Italian football federation said in a statement it wants to shorten and simplify the procedures for suspensions.
The Dec. 26 game was marred by racist chants aimed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Latest: Some Italian leaders reject asylum-seekers law
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
Several Italian mayors and governors are challenging a new law introduced by the populist government that cracks down on asylum-seekers.
Piedmont Gov. Sergio Chiamparino, told Sky TG24 TV Monday that he'll ask Italy's constitutional court to decide whether the law violates the Constitution. He said he'd join forces with Tuscany's governor in the court challenge.
Status of women at Italian game in Saudi Arabia criticized
ROME (AP) — Facing increasing criticism by government members over the decision to play the Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, Serie A's president is hailing the match as a "historic" opportunity for Saudi women to attend an international soccer game.
Inter Milan fan dies after clashes with Napoli supporters
MILAN (AP) — An Inter Milan fan died following clashes with Napoli supporters outside San Siro Stadium ahead of a Serie A game on Wednesday, which was also marred by racist chants.
Milan police chief Marcello Cardona said Thursday that investigators believe the 35-year-old fan, Daniele Belardinelli, may have been fatally struck by a van or SUV during the clashes.
Four Napoli fans were injured and at least three people arrested.
The Latest: Boat which rescued migrants hopes for safe port
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
A private rescue boat with 33 migrants aboard for days in the Mediterranean is appealing for a safe port.
The crew aboard Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German humanitarian group, has tweeted that the migrants were rescued from waters off Libya on Dec. 22.
Italy steps up holiday security at airports, train stations
ROME (AP) — Italy's interior minister says security is being beefed up at train stations and airports in the nation "after the terror attack in Strasbourg and in view of Christmas" holidays.
Matteo Salvini also tweeted that there's "maximum alert for sensitive places like monuments and churches." He said the strategy was adopted at a meeting he led Monday of the National Committee for Public Order and Safety.
EU finance official says new Italian budget insufficient
MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist leaders say they back a revised budget submitted by Premier Giuseppe Conte to the EU Commission, following comments by the EU's top finance official that the changes are "insufficient."
Matteo Salvini of the League and Luigi Di Maio of the 5-Star Movement said Thursday: "We continue to support our proposal with conviction. We are people of good sense, but above all we remain faithful to what we promised citizens."
Netanyahu hails Italy’s Salvini as ‘great friend of Israel’
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as a "great friend of Israel," despite the Italian Jewish community's outcry over his far-right policies and anti-migration views.
Salvini met with Netanyahu on Wednesday in Jerusalem before visiting Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, as part of his two-day trip to Israel.
Italy’s far-right minister visits Israel, drawing criticism
JERUSALEM (AP) — One of Europe's most divisive political figures, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, opened his visit to Israel Tuesday with warm words of support for his hosts, condemning Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organization and denouncing rising waves of anti-Semitism in Europe.
Salvini is in Israel for a two-day visit that has prompted criticism over his far-right policies and anti-migration views.
Italy’s Salvini says fears about new migrant law ‘surreal’
ROME (AP) — Italy's interior minister is defending a new government-backed law eliminating the category of "humanitarian protection" for migrants, saying it will actually provide more protections to real refugees.
Matteo Salvini dismissed as "fake news of epic proportions" the alarm raised by Amnesty International and other human rights groups that thousands of migrants could be out on the streets as a result of the law.
Italy’s Salvini on Bannon: stimulating, but not European
ROME (AP) — Italy's right-wing interior minister says former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon has interesting ideas but that he doesn't understand Europe's complexities.
Matteo Salvini met over the summer with Bannon, who is reported to be planning a political consulting strategy to advance far-right parties in Europe. The Guardian newspaper has reported that the effort could be illegal in many EU countries.
Italy’s migrants fear new law deprives them of protections
ROME (AP) — Thousands of migrants in Italy are anxiously waiting to see if they will lose their housing and benefits following approval of a government-backed law that aims to reduce the number of migrants granted humanitarian protections.
Italy prosecutor admonishes Salvini over mafia arrest tweet
ROME (AP) — Donald Trump isn't the only politician to court trouble with his tweets.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini received an unprecedented admonition from the chief prosecutor of Turin after he tweeted that police had arrested 15 Nigerian "mafiosi" when, according to the prosecutor, the operation was still underway.
Government offers to help Milan-Cortina bid for 2026 Games
ROME (AP) — Enjoying its status as the leading contender to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, the Milan-Cortina d'Ampezzo bid has received another boost with a funding promise from the Italian government.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said if "private funding isn't enough, we'll make the final push" to cover the remaining costs.
The Latest: Italy’s anti-migrant minister greets refugees
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
Italy's hard-line interior minister has welcomed 51 refugees and asylum-seekers who arrived in Italy after being detained in Libya and then airlifted out by the U.N. refugee agency.
Italian police arrest 4th suspect in teen’s murder in Rome
MILAN (AP) — Italian police have arrested a fourth suspect, an immigrant without legal documents, in the murder of a teenage girl in a Rome drug dealers' den.
The slaying has underlined the degradation and lawlessness in some areas of the Italian capital and put the spotlight on illegal immigration.
Italy approves final budget draft yet vows dialogue with EU
ROME (AP) — Italy's government vowed Saturday to engage in constructive talks with the European Union as it still gave final approval to a rule-busting budget and brushed off a ratings downgrade triggered by its higher-than-expected deficit targets.
Premier Giuseppe Conte said the budget plan was definitively approved by all forces at an emergency cabinet meeting Saturday that was called to respond to the EU concerns and resolve an internal government squabble.
Italy demands to know if French police dumped migrants
ROME (AP) — Italy has asked France for "clarifications" about reports that a French police truck crossed the border and dropped off two presumed migrants in the woods near Turin before returning to France.
The Italian Foreign Ministry said Monday it contacted the French ambassador in Rome for information "about the possible entry" of the truck at Claviere on Friday night.
Italy moves to dismantle migrant services in model town
ROME (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister is defending his reported decision to relocate migrants from a southern city that became a model of integration.
Italian media report that Matteo Salvini decreed Oct. 9 that public works projects catering to migrants in Riace, in southern Reggio Calabria, must end and the migrants will be transferred.
Students protest Italy’s spending plans, burning effigies
MILAN (AP) — Students across Italy demonstrated against the government's education funding plans, in the first widespread show of dissidence against the new populist government.
Students demonstrated in 50 cities, including some 3,000 who ended their protest outside the Education Ministry in Rome. Hundreds gathered in the northern city of Turin, where protesters burned effigies of deputy premiers Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio.
The Latest: Italian minister says country not ‘refugee camp’
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, known for his tough stance on migrants, says that his country "won't be considered a refugee camp anymore."
France’s Le Pen distances herself from Bannon’s Movement
ROME (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen distanced herself Monday from former White House strategist Steve Bannon, saying only Europeans will save the continent from getting orders from the EU, not Americans.
Le Pen said Monday, at a meeting in Rome, that she wanted to clarify "lots of conjecture" about Bannon's plans to set up a foundation, called The Movement, to boost far-right parties in Europe.