Italy's Giuseppe Conte to be sworn in as PM on Friday

Al Jazeera

Giuseppe Conte has been designated as Italy's next prime minister and is expected to be sworn in on Friday, after the populist Five Star Movement and anti-immigrant League party reached a deal to form a coalition government. Italian President Sergio Mattarella asked Conte to form a new government on Thursday evening. Earlier on Thursday, anti-establishment political leaders Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio reached a deal to resurrect their proposed coalition, averting the prospect of a new snap election which had rattled global markets. "All the conditions have been fulfilled for a political, Five Star and League government," party chief Di Maio and far-right League leader Salvini said in a joint statement after several hours of talks in central Rome. Conte, a 53-year-old law professor, was originally given his mandate by Mattarella last week, 80 days after Italy held inconclusive elections.


I'm No Populist, Says New Leader of Italy's 5-Star

U.S. News

Luigi Di Maio, the 31-year-old lawmaker picked on Saturday to lead the movement, told Reuters on Sunday that 5-Star stood for "post ideological" common sense, and was opposed to right-wing and left-wing extremism.


Populist Leader Seeks More Time to Form Italy's Government

U.S. News

Italy's rival populist leaders were summoned to the presidential palace on Monday to report on whether have nailed down a coalition deal to give the nation a government, more than 10 weeks after an inconclusive election.


Can W Europe's first populist government solve Italy's problems?

Al Jazeera

A very unusual coalition government has come to power in Italy. Leaders of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the right-wing, anti-immigration League party have been sworn into office. They want to revive Italy's sluggish economy by rejecting austerity and increasing spending. The European Union is worried by the proposals and Italy's large debt. So what will the government, led by law professor Giuseppe Conte, mean for Italy and the rest of Europe?


Italy migrants fear future after populists surge in election

The Japan Times

MILAN, ITALY – Ibrahim, a 35-year-old Moroccan who hawks bracelets weaved out of multi-colored fabric in front of Milan's cathedral, teared up when he spoke of the family he left behind who rely on the money he sends home.