Untethered in Italy Salvini Pushes Country to the Precipice

With the approval of his partners in government, Italy's Matteo Salvini is lambasting the EU, foreigners and the press while at the same time quoting a fascist dictator. A tragedy with potentially wide-reaching consequences is unfolding at the heart of Europe.
A protest against Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in Naples earlier this month

A protest against Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in Naples earlier this month

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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini: "Nothing and nobody will be able to stop us."

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini: "Nothing and nobody will be able to stop us."

Foto: Mistrulli / Fotogramma / Ropi
Roberto Saviano (third from left, with microphone), writer and journalist, during an event together with Mimmo Lucano, the mayor of Riace (second from left). When it comes to the Salvini/Di Maio government, Saviano says, "There are only accomplices or rebels."

Roberto Saviano (third from left, with microphone), writer and journalist, during an event together with Mimmo Lucano, the mayor of Riace (second from left). When it comes to the Salvini/Di Maio government, Saviano says, "There are only accomplices or rebels."

Foto: Enrico Mattia Del Punta / NurPhoto / ddp
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