aside The Last Thing Italy Needs During Its Elections’ Season Is A Visit By Steve Bannon

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Why would the republican President Donald Trump’s former fired Chief Strategist have in mind by rushing off to Italy in the middle of their snow storm?

Whenever Italians mention the US President Donald Trump, I simply take time to remind them that this period in time is similar to their experience with their past leader, Silvio Berlusconi.

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But he’s back…Italians are set to go to the voting polling locations on March 4, 2018 which is the next big test for a rising populist agenda being promoted throughout Europe. So now, the former Italian billionaire mogul Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was considered a relic of the past, has placed himself at 81 years of age, again in the spot light which he dearly loves. He can be now called, Italy’s “comeback kid.” His center-right coalition headed by Matteo Salvini, head of the far-right Northern League is leading in recent polls with 36 per cent of the vote, with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement led by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and a centre-left coalition led by current Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, where each are earning about 28 per cent of the votes.

They are running to replace the incumbent Paolo Gentiloni who has served as Prime Minister from December 12, 2016.

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Italian Northern League leader Matteo Salvini/ REUTERS/Tony GentileEven though, Mr. Berlusconi is banned from being in public office at Palazzo Chigi, the seat of the Italian government, if his Forza Italia (Make Italy Strong) party wins the election on March 4, as its party leader, he can call the shots from a distance.

Even if Mr. Berlusconi’s center-right party fails to win the most votes, it is probable that its members will be courted by others to form a grand coalition which means the Cavaliere (Mr. Berlusconi will be back in the ball game of Italian politics.

Mr. Berlusconi has some additional tricks up his sleeve. See: Do-little Italian’s big career – POLITICO

Luigi Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement, hopes to become the next prime minister.
Luigi Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement, hopes to become the next prime minister.

As per a 2/28/18 CNN report by Lauren Said-Moorhouse,Italian elections are always complicated affairs, but Sunday’s vote (3/4/18) could take complicated to a new level.”

“Anti-establishment parties are thriving as Italians have become frustrated over unprecedented migration and continuing economic woes. Combine this with a new, untested electoral system and a high number of undecided voters, and observers say the outcome is highly unpredictable.”
Protesters hold a banner reading "Against fascism, racism and sexism, everyday, in all cities'' during a demonstration in Macerata on February 10.
Protesters hold a banner reading “Against fascism, racism and sexism, everyday, in all cities” during a demonstration in Macerata
“Italians head to the polls on Sunday in a vote that will be closely watched by European leaders fearful of any instability in the eurozone’s third-largest economy.
  
“The populist, anti-European Union Five Star Movement (M5S) is likely to emerge as the single largest party, according to recent polls, but a coalition of center-right parties cobbled together by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi could emerge with more seats in parliament.”
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“All these options, however, are unlikely to get enough seats to form a viable governmental coalition,” Chiocchetti concludes.”
“The most likely outcome is that no coherent parliamentary majority will exist after March 4. In this case, it is likely that the Gentiloni government will continue to sit in a provisional capacity while parties enter long discussions on whether (to build) an ‘all-party’ technical government limited to a set of specific reforms or call new general elections.”
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Silvio Berlusconi
 Here is the rest of the story…

On March 1, 2018, Paul Dallison of Politico penned the following report,‘Intrigued’ Steve Bannon heads to Rome for Italian vote’

Excerpts:

“Steve Bannon, formerly Donald Trump’s chief strategist, will head to Rome on Thursday because he is reportedly “intrigued” by the Italian election.”

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STEVE BANNON

“Bannon, former boss of Breitbart News, also hinted that he supports Matteo Salvini, head of the far-right Northern League, according to Italy’s La Stampa, although no meeting between the two men is planned. Bannon said he is heading to Rome because he is “intrigued” by the election and believes it has important implications for Europe and could open the way for new populist movements, the paper reported.”

The trip was confirmed to the Guardian by a senior lawmaker with the Northern League as well as a personal friend of Bannon’s based in Rome.

Bannon stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News in January shortly after Trump suggested his former top adviser had “lost his mind” by making critical comments about members of the Trump family in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury.”

Bannon, a former investment banker and film producer who became executive chairman of Breitbart after its founder’s death in 2012, joined the Trump campaign in August 2016 as chief executive. He was fired in August 2017 by new chief of staff John Kelly.

Salvini’s Northern League is part of a coalition that includes Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and which is predicted to be the largest political force in the Italian parliament after Sunday’s election (3/4/18).

9 comments

  1. Is Bannon helping to rig the Italian elections? Should he be registered as a foreign agent, if he choose to be advisor to Mr. Berlusconi? Is he following the directive from his alt-right base, to sow the seeds of his populist anti-establishment agenda?

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      The news reports that I read said nothing more than Steve Bannon was headed to Italy and that he was excited about the race.

      At this late date, I don’t know what he could do except be an observer but I am only guessing. The news report did not offer a lot of details.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. Gronda, here is what I have a hard time with. To make Bannon’s nationalist plan work in his own mind is he must make other countries nationalistic, too. If they were global in mindset, they will do better at our expense. Yet, I often cite John Nash, the Nobel Laureate economic who won with his Nash Equilibrium. In short, if each country tries to make everyone benefit, the pie grows and everyone makes more money. When they each try to maximize profit, everyone makes less. This flies directly in the face of Bannon and Trump, who is getting huge backlash over his tariffs. Keith

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    • Dear Keith,

      The president is not even good in business. He is also very short sighted. There is a special election coming up in Pennsylvania, district 18 which includes portions of Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.Pittsburgh is in Allegheny county. Pittsburgh is known as both “the Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses, and as the “City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges.

      Are you getting the same picture that I am seeing? The race in district 18 should favor the republican party but the democrats have an outstanding candidate Conor Lamb who could pull an upset.

      The race is scheduled for March 13. The Washington Post is thinking like me.

      On Thursday, the administration offered Saccone a possible boost by announcing new tariffs on foreign steel. In a statement, Saccone’s campaign endorsed the proposal, saying that the candidate “supports free trade as long as its fair” and that “if other countries aren’t playing by the rules and tariffs are needed to protect steel and aluminum jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Rick would support those measures.”

      Hugs, Gronda

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  3. Dear Memoirsofahusk,

    I just don’t want the far right intolerant parties winning anywhere in Europe. I hope that Mr. Berlusconi is kept out of having any foothold into Italy’s political government.

    Hugs, Gronda

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