How Italy plans to blow up Brussels

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The Italian government wants changes on migration — but its new allies favor very different approaches.

  • Jacopo Barigazzi
  • Politico

An Italian butterfly is about to cause a hurricane in Brussels.

When EU leaders gather in the European capital later this month, the reality of the right-wing populist government’s stance on key issues such as migration and the eurozone will finally hit…

epa06779959 Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini attends the Republic Day celebrations (Festa della Repubblica) in Rome, Italy, 02 June 2018. The anniversary marks the founding of the Italian Republic in 1946. EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI

epa06779959 Italian Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini attends the Republic Day celebrations (Festa della Repubblica) in Rome, Italy, 02 June 2018. The anniversary marks the founding of the Italian Republic in 1946. EPA-EFE/GIUSEPPE LAMI

The major European powers have become used to containment maneuvers for the EU’s awkward squad on its periphery — such as Hungary and Poland. But with a populist coalition now at the helm in the…

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