Italy minister calls for deportations

Italy news- Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini

Italy news- Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini

The newly minted deputy prime minister in Italy's populist coalition government travelled to Sicily, one of the country's main refugee landing points, to push the anti-immigration platform that propelled him to power.

The leaders patched up their alliance after agreeing to substitute a eurosceptic they had initially proposed as economy minister, a nomination that had been rejected by the head of state.

Savona, 81, was ultimately given a role in the government as minister of European affairs.

President Sergio Mattarella, who negotiated through three months of political deadlock to finally find a workable government, presided over the ceremony in the gilded Quirinale Palace.

The populist Five Star Movement emerged the single largest party in Italy's March elections, gaining almost a third of the vote.

"It's the celebration for all of us, of our republic", he said. Co-founded by comic Beppe Grillo, who rails against an entrenched political "caste", the Movement bills itself as a web-based democratic force, not a traditional political party.

The UK is, Prime Minister May said, leaving the European Union but it is not leaving Europe, and having good relations with the European Union and member states was of great importance.

After the Italian ambassador was summoned in Tunis, Salvini said he would be happy to discuss the issue soon with his Tunisian counterpart. Five Star became the single biggest party.

"We will work intensely to realise our political objectives which we have already put together in our government contract", Conte was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.

The government will be formally handed over later on Friday and will face a confidence vote later this week, which given the makeup of Parliament is likely to pass. My concern is the future of asylum seekers, people who are eligible for a refugee status.

The League has also faced widespread criticism for xenophobic, anti-immigrant policies reminiscent of those forwarded by far-right parties across Europe, such as Germany's AfD and the National Front in France.

"The immigration question is still burning", Salvini said.

Giovanni Tria, a little known economics professor, is expected to be nominated to the finance ministry.

Conte himself acknowledged that the populists are a whole new breed that is leaving some wondering what they will be like.

Announcing the ministers in his government, Conte said: "We will work with determination to improve the quality of life of all Italians".

Still, the "rest of Europe is looking at Italy with apprehension", wrote Massimo Franco, a political commentator for the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The ceremony brought long sought-after stability to the country following months of political drama that had anxious financial markets and Italy's European Union partners.

Salvini wants to undo or at least drastically revamp pension reform that raised retirement ages. Voters in the March election embraced Di Maio's promise of a minimum income for the unemployed. Their pick for premier, Conte, is now the latest.

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