Tag: politics

The “Sardines” Movement and Migration Policy in Italy – Alexandra Hartman

  On January 26th, 2020, Stefano Bonacci, the gubernatorial candidate of Italy’s center-left Democratic Party (DP) in the region of Emilia-Romagna, won 51.4% of the vote to defeat the candidate of the right-wing coalition including the populist 5 Star Movement and Matteo Salvini’s League party. The contest was seen as an important defeat for the populist coalition, which won control… Read more →

Why Have Anti-Immigrant Populist Politicians in Italy Been So Successful?  – Alexandra Hartman

  The rise of Italy’s populist parties, the 5 Star Movement and the League, can be traced back to financial austerity and an increase in migration beginning in 2011.  When the Qaddafi regime in Libya collapsed that year, flows of migrants and refugees from Libya to Italy increased dramatically, both because people fled chaos in Libya and because the government… Read more →

Discrimination against Indigenous Peoples in Bolivian Politics

Since the ouster of Bolivian President Evo Morales in October of last year, Bolivia has been under the power of interim president Jeanine Añez.  Añez is a conservative former senator, who has held intensely opposite beliefs from Evo Morales.  She also has announced her bid for president in the country’s upcoming elections in May (Ramos). Añez has come under criticism… Read more →

Migration, Populism, and Terrorism in Italy – Alexandra Hartman

In June 2018, Italy swore in a new populist coalition government. The two main parties, the League and the Five Star Movement, promised a guaranteed income for the poor, lower taxes, and the deportation of half a million migrants. Since then, former leader of the League Matteo Salvini has risen to become Italy’s deputy prime minister, bringing anti-immigrant populism to… Read more →