Can This Grassroots Movement Stop the Rise of the Far Right in Italy?

Italians are going to the polls in seven regional elections this month. The regional elections will be a test to see if Matteo Salvini’s Far-Right League Party will take over in traditional left-leaning strongholds.

In January, before Italy was the epicenter of Europe’s COVID-19 crisis, VICE News traveled to Emilia-Romagna to meet the Sardines, a left-leaning, grassroots movement that played a role in preventing the League from winning. It meant Salvini, didn’t have the power call for early national elections like he hoped. But with Italy facing another round of regional elections in September many are asking if the Sardines will be able to stop the League again. 

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French bird ‘glue hunter’ defends controversial hobby | AFP

In Marseille, a bird “glue hunter” defends this Provençal tradition, which is denounced by the League for the Protection of Birds and the European Commission. Daniel Portalis admits he is among a “dying breed” of hunters, but says claims of animal cruelty are “wide of the mark”.

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Italian far-right League holds rally in Pontida at annual meeting | AFP

Matteo Salvini, head of the Italian far-right League, holds a rally at their annual meeting in Pontida. IMAGES before Matteo Salvini’s speech

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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

The Stan Collymore Show: Beckham’s team in Miami, Russia’s Neustadter and World’s smallest League

David Beckham launches a new major soccer club in Miami. Stan gets in Florida to learn whether it will become ‘a dream come true’ or ‘yet another failure.’

Two teams play each week against each other in the World’ smallest league on Scilly Isles. There are two cups and a title at stake… who will be the winner this time?

Roman Neustadter could play for Ukraine and capped for Germany. But he will represent Russia in the World Cup this summer. Maria Komandnaya heard the story from the man himself.

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