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Divided by immigration, this small Italian community has turned into a ghost town – POLITICO

“I hope he is not elected, so that he does not do damage at European level as well,” agrees Paolo Collucio, a small retiree with bright blue eyes. “I’m not racist – you can be black, white or yellow, I don’t care. But he took all these funds and did nothing, from morning to night.

Local and European elections are an opportunity to oust the anti-immigration right-wing forces spreading across Europe. | Ben Munster/POLITICS

For the most part, these residents will vote for the current mayor, Triffoli, who succeeded Lucano almost immediately after the latter’s indictment in 2018. Over the past five years, Triffoli has largely abandoned the idea of ​​repopulating the city of migrants, and oversaw its decline to a handful of people. Ironically, or tragically, Triffoli was a classmate of Lucano’s and claims to have helped create the Global Village in 2004. “It was a great idea, but it was impossible to sustain,” he said. “There was a period where there were 500 new people – and there are 2,000 of us in total. »

Instead, his platform, if you can call it that on this scale, focuses on concerns he describes as less “ideological” than those championed at the European level.

Unlike Lucano’s supporters, Triffoli’s supporters largely reject the EU (and by implication the June 6 European elections) and yet the practical concerns he advocates depend almost entirely on funding from the European Commission.

Indeed, the best way to boost Riace’s economy, he said, is to use money from the post-pandemic Next Generation EU fund, part of which he has earmarked for a series of improvements approved by Brussels for the city’s tourist infrastructure. and digital services.

He outlined plans to introduce, among other things, co-working spaces, a minibus and cultural events showcasing the city’s history. “We need essentially tourist development,” he says.

But at least for the old regulars at the Riace Superiore hilltop cafe, where the long days drag on, there is still a better way forward. “There was life and joy and commerce,” one old-timer said wistfully of Lucano’s days, chewing a seemingly endless cigarette as a cool sea breeze blew from the distant marina.

“Better a city full of strangers,” he said, “than a dead city.”


Sara Adm

Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe.Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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