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Italian PM blasts immigration-'obsessive' Salvini as League's election bid falters

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday accused his far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, of disloyalty and being obsessed with blocking immigration, intensifying the open warfare in..
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Rome court says migrant ship can enter Italy's waters, overriding Salvini

An administrative court in Rome ruled on Wednesday that a Spanish rescue ship carrying around 150 migrants should be allowed to enter Italian territorial waters in defiance of a ban imposed by Interior..
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Explainer: Italy's Salvini snarled in political crisis of his own making

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads the far-right League party, announced last Thursday that he would file a motion of no-confidence in the government and wanted early elections.
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Italy's Salvini says citizen's income scheme needs reviewing: paper

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday the citizen's income scheme introduced earlier this year would need reviewing if the League won elections.
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Italy Senate slows government crisis, frustrating Salvini's election push

The Italian Senate on Tuesday postponed till next week further debate on an ongoing government crisis, frustrating a push by Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, for new elections.
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Italy's Salvini accepts cutting lawmakers, if followed by instant vote

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he would accept a proposal by ruling coalition partner the 5-Star Movement to slash the number of members of parliament, as long as..
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In new migrant standoff, Italy's Salvini blocks two NGO boats

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he was working to prevent two rescue ships operated by French and Spanish charities from bringing more than 500 migrants to Italy in the latest..
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Italian Senate called to set debate on Salvini's election bid

Right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini's drive for early elections in Italy hit a road bump on Monday with parliamentary party leaders failing to decide when the Senate should debate his no-confidence..
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Italy's PD says president to decide on government crisis, Salvini must quit as minister

Italy's center-left Democratic Party (PD) is open to discuss various solutions to the current government crisis and the way forward will be set by the head of state Sergio Mattarella, PD Senate Leader..
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Italy parties meet as Salvini's election bid meets resistance

Italian parties were due to meet on Monday to decide whether to reconvene parliament immediately, with signs that some are trying to thwart far right League leader Matteo Salvini's attempt to force a..
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Salvini's quest for snap Italian election faces hurdles

League chief Matteo Salvini's call for snap Italian elections after he turned on his own coalition partner faced mounting resistance on Sunday, with both his former 5-Star ally and the center-left..
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Richard Gere, Italy's Salvini clash over migrant ship

Hollywood star Richard Gere on Saturday urged the Italian government to stop "demonising people" and instead help migrants who have been stranded on a Spanish charity boat in the Mediterranean for more..
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Italy not thinking about leaving euro: Salvini

The leader of Italy's League Matteo Salvini, who this week pulled the plug on his own governing coalition and called for a snap election, said on Saturday leaving the euro was not an option on the..
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No beach bum: Salvini's populist seaside gambit stymies critics

Italians take their August beach holidays very seriously and politicians traditionally avoid disturbing them for fear of losing votes. But Matteo Salvini has little time for tradition and nowhere is..
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Italy's League seeks to trigger elections, files censure motion

Italy's ruling League party filed a no-confidence motion against the prime minister on Friday, a move that the party's populist chief, Matteo Salvini, hopes will trigger snap elections and install him..
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Italy's Salvini warns against 5-Star/PD government

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League party, said on Friday that any attempt to install a new ruling coalition would be unacceptable and reiterated his calls for..
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Italy's Salvini pulls plug on government, calls for elections

The leader of Italy's ruling League party, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, declared the governing coalition to be unworkable on Thursday after months of internal bickering and said the only way..
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Italy's ruling coalition breaks down. What comes next?

The leader of Italy's ruling League party, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, has declared that the governing coalition has broken down after months of internal bickering and that the only way..
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Italy PM Conte says Salvini must explain why he is sinking government

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that the leader of the ruling League party, Matteo Salvini, must explain to Italians why he wants to bring down the coalition government.
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Italy's Salvini says government is finished, wants elections

The leader of Italy's ruling League party, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, said on Thursday the governing coalition had broken down and the only way forward was to hold new elections.
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Italy aide linked to Russia funding accusations frequented Moscow: BuzzFeed

An aide to Italy's deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, at the center of accusations the ruling League party sought millions of euros via a secret Russian oil deal, flew back-and-forth to Moscow last..
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Italy's Salvini yet to indicate plans for government's future: source

The leader of Italy's ruling League party, Matteo Salvini, has yet to inform his coalition partner or the nation's president of his plans for the future of the government, a source said on Thursday,..
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Italy's Salvini says budget deficit must not fall in 2020

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday that Italy must not reduce its budget deficit next year as a proportion of gross domestic product, in order to allow space to cut taxes and..
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Italy's League aims for 1 billion euro property tax cut: Deputy PM Salvini

One of the partners in Italy's ruling coalition is working on scrapping a property levy in a measure that would be worth 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) to taxpayers, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo..
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Italy government wins confidence vote on decree targeting migrant rescue ships

The Italian government on Monday won a confidence vote in the Senate on a decree targeting charities operating migrant rescue ships, in a victory for Interior Minister Matteo Salvini and his far-right..
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Italy's Salvini blocks own coastguard ship with migrants on board

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would not let an Italian coastguard boat carrying 135 migrants dock until European Union countries agreed to take them in.
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Italy's Salvini says economy minister's job could depend on tax cuts: radio

Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria's job could be at risk if he does not show enough courage in reducing taxes next year, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday.
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Italy's Salvini says coalition with 5 Star back on track

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday Italy's government was back on track after a slew of building projects were approved, indicating he had dropped a threat to bring down the..
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Italy's Salvini says he sees 'good signs' of government moving forward

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday he saw "good signs" that Italy's government was moving forward, his clearest statement yet that he is not planning on quitting the coalition and..
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Italian president wants govt in place in October to approve budget: official

President Sergio Mattarella has no meeting scheduled with Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and has not received any indication that the League party leader wants early elections, an Italian..
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Italy's Salvini to see Di Maio with government's fate hanging in balance

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would meet coalition partner and leader of the 5-Star Movement Luigi Di Maio amid speculation that the increasingly unwieldy government..
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Italy's Salvini says he will meet coalition partner Di Maio: statement

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would see coalition partner and leader of the 5-Star Movement Luigi Di Maio amid speculation that the government might collapse.
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Italy's Di Maio calls for meeting with Salvini in peace offering

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio called for a meeting on Friday with government partner and co-deputy PM Matteo Salvini in a peace offering following mutual recriminations that raised..
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Italy's Salvini says elections still possible after summer break

Italy still has time to dissolve parliament and go to elections after the summer break, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini told daily Il Corriere della Sera.
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Italy's Salvini to respond to parliament over Russia case

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini bowed to demands on Tuesday to address parliament on allegations that his right-wing League party had sought illegal funding from Russia, saying he would..
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Italy's Salvini angers Conte by muscling into budget debate

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini met leading economic players on Monday to discuss the forthcoming 2020 budget, angering Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who accused him of trespassing onto his own..
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German NGO captain seeks to block Salvini's social media accounts

The German captain of a migrant rescue ship will ask magistrates to block Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's social media accounts because he has used them to spread hate, her lawyer said on..
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Italy's Salvini denies his League party took money from Russians

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday denied a media report that his far-right League party had sought millions of euros from Russian investors via a secret oil deal.
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Italy seeks fresh migrant clampdown as more boats arrive

Italy's government plans to throw more resources into its fight against boat migrants, an official said on Tuesday, as the number of new arrivals gathers speed, putting pressure on Interior Minister..
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Pope defends migrants after clashes between Italy and rescue ships

Pope Francis said on Monday that "no one is exempt" from helping migrants, in an indirect rebuke of Italy's hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini who has tried to shut the country's ports to..
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German rescue captain to sue Italy's Salvini over migrant comments

The German captain of a migrant rescue ship will sue Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for defamation, her lawyer said on Friday, intensifying the battle of wills between the charity worker and..
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Italy's Salvini brands release of migrant rescue ship captain as politically biased

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday denounced a judge who freed the German captain of a charity rescue ship accused of forcing an Italian naval blockade and suggested the ruling was..
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Italy deputy PM Salvini urges truce in war of words over Atlantia

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini threw some support behind motorway operator Atlantia on Friday after a government partner vowed to revoke its toll-road concession, highlighting growing..
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Italy should name new EU affairs minister next week

The Italian government will probably name a new European Affairs minister by the end of next week, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday.
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Deputy PM Salvini says no commitments on 2020 budget deficit

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday Italy could not make any commitments with Brussels over its 2020 deficit, and needed 10-15 billion euros in tax cuts to boost its stagnant economy.
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Italy will stick to 'mini-BOT' plan unless someone has a better idea: Salvini

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday Rome would press ahead with a plan to settle overdue state payments by issuing mini-bills unless a better solution was put forward.
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Salvini proclaims Italy to be Washington's best EU ally

Italy is the United States' most reliable ally in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday, keen to present himself as a strong, trustworthy statesman during a flying visit to..
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Italy's Salvini threatens to use strict new law on German NGO boat

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini threatened on Wednesday to use tough, new measures for the first time on a German charity ship, Sea Watch, after it picked up migrants off the coast of Libya..
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