Italians Embrace Nationalist Movement

3/6/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

Add Italy to the growing number of countries where citizens are taking a stand against immigration and putting their own country first.

We saw it here in America with the election of President Donald Trump.

We saw it the U.K. with the Brexit vote.

Italy is just the latest example, as Italian voters took to the polls, voting out the establishment parties.

The two biggest winners in this past weekend’s Italian elections were the Five Star Movement (Movimento Cinque Stelle) and the Northern League (Lega Nord).

Both parties are against the Euro and oppose Italy’s current immigration policies.

However, the League is on the political Right and practices regionalism (think Federalism), whereas the more populist Five Star Movement subscribes to a big tent philosophy and is made up of many Left-wingers who believe in putting Italy first.

The Forward Italy Party (Forza Italia) — which is a center-Right party — also increased it’s political position, although it can be argued they underperformed expectations.

What can’t be argued is the center-Left and the Left-wing of Italian politics took the biggest hit and have little chance of being involved in a majority coalition.

The Five Star Movement won the plurality of seats. The Northern League has the second most seats. And the once dominant Democratic Party (Partito Democratico) is now in third, with Forward Italy only a few seats behind.

While The Five Star Movement and the Northern League have many similarities, they have differences that could preclude them from forming a governing coalition. For example, the Northern League is in favor of a Flat Tax, whereas the Five Star Movement supports a Universal Basic Income (a set amount of benefits every citizen would receive — important to note, the UBI is the only the minimum amount, residents could receive many more government benefits in addition to the UBI).

While these types of differences could lead to instability in the Italian Government, there should be a clear direction on how the government acts on immigration and the European Union — two of the most significant problem areas Italy faces.

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