The 5 Stars Movement and the Democratic Party “reached an agreement” on Wednesday to form a new Italian government, which will replace the national-populist M5S alliance with Matteo Salvini’s League.
After three weeks of uncertainty and eight days without a prime minister, Italy will find a government. The 5-star Anti-System Movement and the center-left Democratic Party agreed on Wednesday to form a government headed by outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. But uncertainties remain on its implementation, which will only occur in the coming days.
A “political agreement has been reached with the Democratic Party” to form a new majority of government, announced Luigi Di Maio, coming out of a meeting with President Sergio Mattarella. The future government will again be led by Giuseppe Conte. This “will be a guarantee” for the 5-star movement, said Luigi Di Maio, criticizing his ex-ally Matteo Salvini (the leader of the League, the far-right party) for having August 8 “cut off the current “of the coalition they formed for 14 months and left” 60 million Italians without government “.
Although at odds for years, the Democratic Party and the 5-star Movement have been negotiating for several days a coalition agreement to avoid a return to the ballot very risky for them, while the far-right League is largely in head of polls.
Italy is plunged into a deep political crisis, since the blasting August 8 by the Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini, the coalition formed with the Five Stars, and the resignation on August 20 of the head of government Giuseppe Conte . Giuseppe Conte, very popular in Italy, has won support in the last few days, first from Europeans at the G7 in Biarritz, then on Monday from US President Donald Trump, who called him “a very talented man”. The 5-star movement exerted strong pressure for the maintenance of Conte, to which the Democratic Party criticized its silence for 14 months against the anti-migrant diktats of Matteo Salvini.
They can escape voting for a while, but sooner or later the word will come back to the Italians!
Matteo Salvini, explains regardless of the majority achieved in 2018 by the 5 stars, one day the Italians will return to the polls to decide the fate of Italy.
As Italian President Mattarella has said, the minority in parliament and throughout Italy, as we have seen in recent years, is the only party to lose the Democratic Party in all political and European elections .
I think that the Italian people do not deserve to be held hostage by the armchairs of the parties that have no stable project and only a destabilization in which it provides for the increase of taxes on housing and taxes, in the political system, announced
“I have the feeling that there is a goal from far away, that does not come from Italy, to sell off the country and the companies to powers that are not Italian, which would be a lack of respect for the Italians, “he told reporters after meeting President Mattarella.
Matteo Salvini, the strongman of the Italian government and leader of the League (far right) on Thursday called for the early elections as “quickly” as possible, decreeing the break-up of the ruling coalition and immediately sent a letter to the government of Norway, whose vessel Ocean Viking flies the flag.
Two important points for the League are the clarification of the early elections for the establishment of a stable government and the resolution of the problems of illegal emigration on the territory of Italy and in the waters of the Mediterranean.
The formation of a new parliamentary majority, which could include M5S and the left, seems unlikely given the weakening of both sides and their opposition to such a perspective.
Otherwise, early elections may be called for October: credited with 36 to 38% of voting intentions according to polls, the League should emerge largely victorious and govern almost alone, in alliance with the small party Fratelli d’Italia (far right).
However, President Sergio Mattarella regularly insists on the need to have a government in place in the autumn to prepare the budget, the first draft of which must be submitted to the European Union before the end of September.
Right and left opposition to the populist coalition called for a resignation of the head of government Giuseppe Conte, saying there was “no more majority” in Parliament.
The hugely popular Matteo Salvini, singled out as the instigator of the crisis, cast doubt over his intentions. Instead of starting off the tour of the beaches he had announced, he locked himself up with Mr. Conte for a long discussion.
In the last parliamentary vote on Wednesday before the summer break, Luigi di Maio’s 5-star Movement (anti-system) voted against the Lyon-Turin high-speed line project, strongly supported by the Matteo Salvini League (far right) , causing a political crisis.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who on Thursday blasted the populist coalition in Italy and is already campaigning for a likely election in the autumn, immediately sent a letter to the Norwegian government, including the ship Ocean Viking flies the flag.
“Italy is not legally bound, nor willing to host unidentified illegal immigrants, aboard the Ocean Viking,” he wrote. Oslo did not react immediately, but Norway’s Minister of Justice and Immigration Jøran Kallmyr (populist right) said on public television that migrants must be “brought back to Africa, Tunisia or in Libya “.
After the reaction of massive emigration to Europe, the Hungarian Prime Minister refused to accept on its territory the clandestine and the decision of the EU between 2016 and 2018, but today Norway and Italy , or Greece, approve of the idea of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban.
More than 80 migrants were rescued Saturday morning by the Ocean Viking off Libyan waters, according to a first count of Doctors Without Borders release and SOS Mediterranean to take over from Aquarius.
Friday’s rescue had already recovered 85 people including five women and four children.
The boat, a white rubber dinghy, could be spotted by the presence of a plane overflight repeated, said the head of mission of MSF, Jay Berger. “But the plane never tried to communicate with us,” he said. It was up to the north to follow the trajectory of the plane that the Ocean Viking was able to rescue the boat.
European forces planes regularly patrol over the central Mediterranean to spot boats leaving the Libyan coast, benefiting at this time from mild weather conditions. About 170 people, all from sub-Saharan Africa, are now on board the humanitarian ship that left Marseille last Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Italian minister sent back to Spain the migrants stranded aboard the humanitarian ship Open Arms, which is off the coast off the Italian island of Lampedusa.
On the night of Friday to Saturday, the Open Arms still collected in international waters 39 people, who joined the 121 migrants already on board, tweeted the founder of the NGO of the same name, Oscar Camps.
Friday morning, the American actor Richard Gere boarded to meet the crew and migrants, including thirty are minors.
“I have just arrived from Lampedusa, we brought as much water and food as possible for everyone on board,” the actor said in a video broadcast by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms.
“Everyone is fine,” but they need “to join a free port, get off the boat and start a new life,” insisted the actor, who is scheduled to attend a press conference in Lampedusa on Saturday morning.
“I hope he tans a little and benefits from it,” said Salvini, referring to the actor, advising him to take the migrants to Ibiza.
On Thursday, the President of the European Parliament, the Italian David Sassoli, called for “urgent help and fair distribution” of the migrants on board the Open Arms, in a letter to the President of the European Union, Jean- Claude Juncker.
On Friday, a spokeswoman for the European Commission confirmed that, unlike many previous cases, no mediation was under way from Brussels to find a solution, as no member country had called for it.
“However, we have […] contacted the member countries to ask them to show solidarity,” he added.
On 22 July, French President Emmanuel Macron announced an agreement between 14 European countries on a “solidarity mechanism” to distribute rescued migrants in the Mediterranean, provided they land in Italy.
On board the Ocean Viking too, rescue workers set up migrants for a stay likely to extend.
Each received an emergency kit prepared by MSF – dry clothing, blanket, protein biscuits, toothbrush … – before taking up his quarters in the containers built on the deck, one for men, the other for women and children.
Their walls are decorated with animal paintings and drawings. “When they saw this, many smiled, they realized that we were not a cargo ship that passed by chance but that we were there for them,” said an MSF official on board.
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Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron received late Friday afternoon at the Elysee King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan, the visit comes “in the continuity of a rich bilateral sequence after the visit of the Minister of Armies Florence Parly and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Jordan in recent months, “said the presidency this week.
The two heads of state spoke about “regional crises, whose resolution France and Jordan are working jointly, especially the situation in Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said the Elysee.
The king of Jordan began his tour in Morocco on March 27 and 28, the visit was placed under the sign of economic cooperation.
King Mohammed VI and King Abdullah II of Jordan have decided to “lift the relations of brotherhood and cooperation between Morocco and Jordan at the level of a multidimensional strategic partnership,” says a joint statement relayed by Maghreb Arab press (MAP ).
In the same text, the two sovereigns announced that they had decided, as part of the friendship visit of the Hashemite sovereign in Morocco, “the implementation of concrete projects in areas such as energy, agriculture and tourism” .
The next day, King Abdullah II of Jordan, accompanied by his wife Rania, went to Italy, where were received Friday at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
Friday, March 29, the monarch receives in Italy the “Lamp of St. Francis”, a prize considered as the Catholic Nobel Peace, created in 1981, by the convent of the Franciscans of Assisi, this prize is awarded to a world personality having worked, in the eyes of the Franciscans, peace.
Abdallah II of Jordan, was rewarded “for his action and his commitment to promote human rights, harmony between different religions and the reception of refugees,” say the Franciscans. His kingdom, located between Israel, Syria and Iraq, hosts many refugees. In 2005, Abdallah II was already rewarded for his role in promoting dialogue and peace. He was awarded the Simon Wiesenthal Center Award for Tolerance.
King Abdullah II is in France as part of a tour that took him to Morocco and Italy. He will attend the 30th summit of the Arab League on March 31 in Tunisia. France benefits from a planned air base in Jordan, from which fighter jets operate against the Islamic State (IS) group in neighboring Syria, as part of Operation Chammal (French part of the international operation against the ultraradical group). The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared Saturday the end of ISIS’s “self-proclaimed Caliphate” in 2014 on territories in Iraq and Syria.
The 30th summit of the Arab League, which begins March 31 in Tunis, Tunisia, should show the categorical rejection of the Arab countries of the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize the sovereignty of Israel on the Golan Heights.
“We will work with other Arab countries and the international community to limit the expected impact of this decision in various regional and international fora,” said Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui to his counterparts at the meeting, in reported by Reuters.
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit was even firmer in his remarks, saying that “the Golan (was) Syrian land.” Most of the Syrian Golan was conquered by the Jewish state at the time. the Six Day War in 1967, before being annexed in 1981. An annexation that has never been recognized by the international community.
For King Abdullah II of Jordan, this subject is extremely important, even fearing that his state could be divided by the Americans.
At the end of the meeting, Arab diplomats approved a draft declaration on the Golan that will be presented to heads of state on March 31, with a view to an announcement at the summit. According to the Saudi Arab News, quoting diplomatic sources, the statement is a categorical rejection of Donald Trump’s decision.
Since 2013, she has filed lawsuits against several thousand elected officials, so she has emerged as the woman to be shot. The socialist power, which currently chairs the European Union, finally won its dismissal last July. She became simple “prosecutor” within the public prosecutor’s office. Investigations for “abuse of power”, “corruption” and “perjury” were opened against her in Bucharest … The Romanian Minister of Justice has sent to his 27 counterparts a missive aimed at denigrating the candidacy of his compatriot . ”
Laura Codruta Kovesi, who became a symbol of the fight against corruption in her country, won 26 votes to lead the future European Public Prosecutor’s Office, in a secret ballot in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) .
The Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament (CONT) voted on Tuesday evening for the preferred candidate for the position of Prosecutor General of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Laura Codruta Kovesi (Romania) takes first place with 12 votes, Jean-François Bohnert (France) is second with 11 votes and Andres Ritter (Germany) got one vote, this Wednesday the story was repeated, “Kovesi, Bohnert and Ritter “.
This is the third victory for Romania, after that of the specialized commission, made up of 12 legal experts. This technical committee nominated the three finalists in the order of the scores: 1. Kovesi; 2. Bohnert; 3. Ritter, this Tuesday and the votes of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), this Wednesday.
Laura Codruta Kovesi (Romania) is in first place with 26 votes, Jean-François Bohnert (France) is second with 22 votes and Andres Ritter (Germany) has one.
Voting in the LIBE Committee, a wider committee of 60 members. This vote will count enormously for the appointment of the European Prosecutor.
Subsequently, the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament will negotiate with the Council of the COREPER EU until they agree on the winner.
The aim is to appoint the first Prosecutor of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office responsible, from the end of 2020, to combat “serious cross-border crime affecting the EU budget”, according to the official definition. The gendarme of the corruption of Europe.
If negotiations between the Council and the European Parliament are complicated to agree on the same candidate, Ms. Kovesi inflicts a humiliation to the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) in Bucharest, which had removed her from office head of the Romanian Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (DNA) and who for weeks has been campaigning to discredit her. An attitude that has shocked the European scene, while Romania assumes the presidency of the European Union.
“The number of e-mails I get to mess with Laura Codruta Kovesi is incredible,” Green MEP Greens Judith Sargentini said on Tuesday. Some emails sent to several members of the LIBE Commission, refer to the many legal wars that the PSD started against Ms. Kovesi to sow doubt on its integrity, according to La Libre.be.
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The North Korean leader arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday in an armored train for a new summit with the US president.
Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s top leader, arrived in Dong Dang in the Vietnamese province of Lang Son on Tuesday morning for an official visit to the country and his second summit with his American counterpart Donald Trump.
Kim’s special train arrived at the station at 8:13 am local time, where he was greeted by dignitaries and Vietnamese residents, according to the official Vietnamese news agency VNA.
The Vietnamese capital is in full preparations to welcome on Wednesday and Thursday this new meeting between the North Korean leader and the American president. Donald Trump hopes to achieve the denuclearization of Pyongyang, even if he says he is ready to take his time.
Dressed in his traditional Mao-style suit, Mr. Kim greeted the smiling crowd before rushing into a Mercedes Benz and leaving in convoy for Hanoi. He was greeted by crowd cheers held by security gates as armored vehicles patrolled the streets. After a few hours of rest, he went to the embassy of his country.
The US president, who takes a more conventional route to Hanoi with Air Force One, is expected to land in the Vietnamese capital on the evening of Tuesday.
Donald Trump was optimistic, ensuring on Twitter wait impatiently for “a very productive summit”.
Very few details filtered on the meeting. The two leaders will be dining together Wednesday evening with some of their advisors, Air Force One spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters in the White House.
A “global” agreement was signed at their first summit on 18 June in Singapore. This had resulted in improved bilateral ties. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he would like Monday “the success of the summit” in Hanoi, where security has been strengthened.
A road map for denuclearization, the lifting of sanctions against North Korea and the possible publication of a declaration ending the war will be the focal points of this second summit. Kim is expected to have a face-to-face meeting with Trump, according to local media reports.
Stephen Biegun, the US envoy for the North, recently acknowledged that Pyongyang and Washington had “not agreed on the meaning” of denuclearization. The United States has repeatedly called for Pyongyang to dispose of its nuclear arsenal in a comprehensive, verifiable and irreversible manner.
But for North Korea, denuclearization is broader. It wants the lifting of the international sanctions that strangle it and the end of what it perceives as the American threats, namely the military presence in South Korea and in the region in general.
Donald Trump repeats that he is in no hurry to convince the North to give up its nuclear arsenal, as long as it abstains, as it has done for more than a year, from firing missiles and nuclear tests.
“I do not want to rush anyone,” he said before leaving Washington, seeming to temper in advance the hopes raised by the Vietnamese summit. For months, the American president has been handling carrots and sticks with North Korea, showing off his economic potential while refusing to reduce sanctions.
“With a complete denuclearization, North Korea will quickly become an economic power. Without that, we just stay at the same point! President Kim will make a wise decision! “, He tweeted.
Pyongyang insists that he has already made gestures, freezing military trials and blowing up access to his nuclear test site. But at the same time, he points out that he has finished developing his arsenal and that he no longer needs such infrastructures.