The Atlantic

It’s the Right Wing’s Italy Now

The new interior minister is calling for more deportations of migrants.
Source: Remo Casilli / Reuters

PARIS—In his first trip after becoming pope in 2013, Francis visited Lampedusa, the tiny Italian island off Sicily that had become the first point of arrival in Europe for hundreds of thousands of migrants, and called for a “reawakening of consciences” to their plight. In his first trip since he was named Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, the leader of the right-wing League party, went to Sicily and called for more deportations.

“Seven thousand deportations seems too few. At that rate we’ll solve the problem in 80 years,” Salvini said. “We need to keep these desperate people

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic24 min readPolitics
The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
Jay Inslee didn’t get much traction as a candidate, but his pet issue, climate change, has become a major part of the Democratic campaign.
The Atlantic6 min readPolitics
How Britain Came to Accept a ‘No-Deal Brexit’
The debate over Britain leaving the European Union has polarized the country and normalized what was previously unthinkable.
The Atlantic9 min readPolitics
Abolishing the Filibuster Is Unavoidable for Democrats
Even if the party sweeps Congress and the White House in 2020, the Senate rule would let a faction of the reddest, whitest states stymie its agenda.