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Salvini’s last hope lies in building a bridge to Sicily – POLITICO

Salvini is pushing to launch the project by June, when European elections are held that could make or break his leadership of the League.

Timing will be critical. As electoral support for the League wanes, Salvini’s party colleagues are beginning to lose patience. All 15 members of a local party association in Lombardy, the League’s heartland, resigned in protest last month.

“Salvini single-handedly rewrote his party’s ideology to make it nationalist,” said Daniele Albertazzi, professor of political science at the University of Surrey. “It’s as if the Catalan autonomists wanted to represent the people of Madrid. Activists and voters were OK with that, provided he was successful.”

In February, the party received only 3.7 percent in regional elections in Sardinia. League voters feel betrayed by the party’s forays in the previous legislature in two governments, which forced them to compromise – for example by supporting onerous pandemic rules.

The skeptics have found their voice. An MEP, Gianantonio Da Re, was recently expelled from the party after calling Salvini a moron. But other members of the League agree with him.

Paolo Grimoldi, a senior party official and former MP, said Da Re’s project the only mistake was staying silent for too long. “When ideas, policies, consistency, reliability, consensus and loyalty are lacking, you look for… scapegoats, excuses, conspiracies, but the disaster is exclusively your fault,” Grimoldi wrote on Facebook.


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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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