Giuseppe Conte

EU Establishment Praises Unpopular Leftist Italian Government

Several European Union establishment figures have praised the new, broadly unpopular Italian government saying it will be more “pro Europe.”Former European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker approved of the new coalition between the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the leftist Democratic

Italys Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (R) greets President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker upon his arrival for their meeting at Palazzo Chigi on April 2, 2019 in Rome. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy Criticized for Joining China’s Belt and Road Project

Pressure is mounting against Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte to refrain from signing aboard China’s Belt and Road infrastructure project next week when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Italy. Beyond the political ramifications of Italy aligning itself with China, and perhaps finding itself on the business end of Chinese debt colonialism, analysts warn Conte has not fully considered the financial aspects of the arrangement.

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte came in for criticism notably over Italy's hard line on migration as he addressed a plenary session at the European Parliament