Salvini remains in power after surviving no-confidence motion in Italy

In Italy, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has faced criticism at home for his recent statements regarding Russia, which some have interpreted as aligning closely with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. However, during a session in the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Salvini received overwhelming support from the coalition of three center-right parties and retained his position as transport minister and deputy head of government under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Salvini gained notoriety in Germany for his strict measures against boat refugees and rescue organizations during his previous role as interior minister. His past connections with Putin have also been scrutinized. Despite this, the Lega distanced itself from a 2017 agreement with the Kremlin’s United Russia party leading up to the vote of no confidence. Criticism of Salvini within the Lega itself has also emerged. The party’s performance in the upcoming European elections in June is seen as significant, with Salvini’s leadership potentially at risk if the Lega underperforms. The party is currently polling below ten percent, trailing behind Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia party, which has shifted towards the center since gaining power. In the 2019 European elections, the Lega secured over 34 percent of the vote.

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