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Italy’s ring-wing alliance blows up, with Salvini under fire

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Analysis. Salvini is not budging. No self-criticism. No admission of wrongs. The Lega will create a secretariat.

written by Andrea Colombo

Topic Italy

September 25, 2020

The center-right alliance no longer exists—or maybe not yet. The only thing that is certain is that the current arrangements of the coalition, which were held together only by necessity in the first place, have collapsed. Everyone knows it, but few admit it openly.

This is why tatters are flying everywhere. Toti, the winner in Liguria, went as far as to say that Salvini should actually act as the coalition leader, not just in the interests of his own party. In reply, the Lega’s Rixi didn’t mince words: “He should remember that the only reason why he’s still regional president is because of Salvini.” Not exactly the pinnacle of subtlety.

In Puglia, things have gotten even worse for the coalition. The head of the Lega was unsparing in criticizing the “wrong candidates,” namely Caldoro and Fitto, who “didn’t win over people’s hearts.” He had been strongly against running Fitto. This time, it was the regional coordinator of FdI who responded in harsh tones: “We all chose Fitto. Unfortunately, there has been a strong downsizing of the other parties of the center-right, with the Lega falling from 25.9% at........

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