Italy’s Conte talks COVID-19, racism, Brexit, and M5S in exclusive AFP interview | AFP

In an exclusive interview with AFP in Rome, Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte remembers the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, the future of the EU and addresses allegations that his Five Star Movement party received secret financing from Venezuela’s current President Nicolas Maduro.

President of the Council since June 2018, at the head of a coalition first with the far-right, and today with the centre-left, Giuseppe Conte, 55, a law professor still unknown two years ago, has emerged stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Italy: Salvini closes Europe’s one-time largest migrant centre | AFP

Far-right Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini closes what was one Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo, Sicily. At its peak in 2014, Mineo housed more than 4,100 people. Its population then steadily dropped and when anti-migrant Salvini and the populist Five Star Movement came to power in June last year, it housed 2,500.

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Italian Euroskeptic coalition proposes law professor for PM

Italy’s new coalition govt has put forward a political novice as Prime Minister. Two formerly bitter rivals – the left-leaning Five Star Movement and right-wing Northern League – came together in a populist alliance unprecedented for Europe. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/95qu

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Draft deal between 2 Italian parties leaked, suggests lifting anti-Russia sanctions

A leaked draft deal between the two Italian political parties that are expected to form the country’s coalition government – has been confirmed to RT as authentic by one of the sides.

The Five Star Movement said, though, that the deal is only a proposal – and still has to be discussed with potential coalition partners.

Western govt will try at least to remove anti-Russian sacntions

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Europe’s extreme right

Rival populist leaders are fighting for the right to govern Italy after its general election. The anti-immigrant League party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) each claimed Sunday’s vote gave them a mandate to lead the nation of 60 million. Videographic about the extreme right in Europe.VIDEOGRAPHIC

Corruption a key issue as Sicily goes to the polls

Corruption allegations and the threat of mafia involvement hang over this Sunday’s regional election in Sicily, which will be seen as an indicator for next spring’s Italian national elections. The populist Five Star Movement is hoping to win its first region with a promise to clean up graft, but they face a tough challenge from a resurgent centre-right.

Mafia made money from migrants but we’re cleaning up the system – Rome mayor, Virginia Raggi

At the forefront of Europe’s refugee crisis, Rome is struggling with growing numbers of migrants. Arriving at Italy’s shores, they head north into the capital – in search of work and refuge, but instead face the Roman mafia, aiming to profit from their misfortunes. The city’s administration has promised an overhaul of the system – but is it succeeding? Can the Five Star Movement win the war against Rome’s criminal gangs? We ask the first woman to head one of Europe’s most important capital cities – the mayor of Rome and member of Italy’s Five Start Movement Virginia Raggi is on SophieCo to talk about this and more.

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Relaunching Europe? Italy PM Matteo Renzi to resign as Euroskeptics vie for power

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is to step down, after losing a referendum that many took as a vote on his premiership. Two Euroskeptic parties, Lega Nord and the Five-Star Movement, are now vying to take control. As RT’s Polly Boiko reports, upcoming elections are creating opportunities for anti-establishment politicians across the EU.

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Boosting Euroskeptics: Calls to leave EU grow louder after Brexit results

The UK’s recent vote to leave the EU has emboldened Eurosceptics across the continent. Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement is now calling for the country’s withdrawal from the single-currency euro-zone – claiming it is the only way to revive the economy.

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