Italy to QUIT EURO? Matteo Salvini announces PLAN B to get country OUT of single currency
Mr Salvini said: "Our experts, who have also been elected to the Italian Parliament, are working on a 'Plan B' should Brussels say no to our requests.
"We plan to sit down politely and responsibly to a table asking to change some of the rules regulating our membership of the European Union which are heavily damaging the lives of Italians."
Article 75 of the Italian Constitution currently bars Italians from voting on international treaties, including the ones legislating relations between Brussels and Rome.
Speaking to the press in Brussels, Mr Salvini continued: "Unfortunately, contrary to other countries and populations, the Italian Constitution prevents Italian from voting on international treaties.
"Reforming the Constitution is part of the plans for the next five years of government. However it won't be an immediate step as it can't be done."
Our experts are working on a 'Plan B' should Brussels say no to our requests
The success of Lega at the polls – where it won 37 percent of the vote as part of a centre-right coalition – falls in line with surveys showing an increased shift in the views of Italians towards the EU and its institutions.
The Eurobarometer poll conducted by the EU itself at the end of last year highlighted a dramatic shift in the views of Italians.
Under 60 percent supported the retention of the status quo, making Italy one of the most Eurosceptic countries in the trade bloc.
Mr Salvini added: "Over the past few years European policies have stolen the right to a future and to hope.
"We want to negotiate with the European Union about the rights that have been denied to Europeans and to citizens who, with their vote, are now claiming them back."
A recent study revealed 51 percent of Italians would be in favour of leaving the EU – with young citizens holding the worst opinion about the impact of the EU on their country.
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March 13, 2018
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sion.</p><p>Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and the service’s senior commanders had attended a strategy session in Ohio last week but had no clue that Trump was about to make the announcement, the paper reported, citing a source who was there.</p><p>But when the commander-in-chief makes a public announcement and feels his appointees are dragging their feet, he often publicly demands action, as he did Monday, directing the Pentagon to proceed with plans for the creation of the “Space Force.”</p><p>“He doesn’t forget, and ultimately erupts when he feels slighted,” a former high-level industry and government official close to the president told the WSJ.</p><p>White House officials did not respond to the paper’s request for comment.</p><p>The Pentagon’s position had been: “This will happen, but now is not the time,” according to the person who participated in the Air Force strategy session.</p><p>Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said later in the week that Trump’s request would take time and effort.</p><p>“It’s going to require legislation and a lot of detailed planning and we’ve not yet begun,” he told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday. “I mean, we’ve clearly got to start the process.”</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
President Trump says Republicans should 'stop wasting their time on immigration' until after midterms
tive order to revamp the nation's immigration laws, President Donald Trump said Friday that Republicans should "stop wasting their time" on border legislation until after the November midterms.</p><p>Trump weighed in on Twitter as Republicans who control both chambers of Congress have been wrestling with divisions over the immigration issue.</p><p>Faced with pressure from Republican moderates to allow a vote on legislation to help young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers," House Speaker Paul Ryan has offered a bill aimed at bridging the differences between moderate and conservative lawmakers. The legislation would toughen enforcement laws and provide funding for Trump's proposed wall on the southern border. It would also aim to help young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and halt separations of families detained at the border together.</p><p>But a vote on the bill that was scheduled for this week had to be postponed until next week because Republican lawmakers could not agree on the details. A more hardline piece of legislation failed to pass Thursday.</p><p>Trump has sent mixed signals on the bill but on Friday morning he tweeted: "Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November."</p><p>"Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!" Trump wrote.</p><p>When Trump met with House Republicans this week, he didn't give a rousing endorsement of the bill. Still, he indicated that he'd sign the measure if they were able to pass it.</p><p>Trump's tweet could further dampen any chances the bill has of winning over reluctant conservatives. </p><p>Before Republicans postponed a vote on the bill on Thursday, the president blamed Senate Democrats for its weak prospects of becoming law.</p><p>"What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms)," he tweeted. "Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!"</p><p>Trump, who campaigned for the presidency by promising to build a border wall, has emphasizing his call for stricter immigration laws as a theme for the midterms.</p><p>"Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world," he tweeted Thursday. "Right now we have the dumbest and the worst. Dems are doing nothing but Obstructing. Remember their motto, RESIST! Ours is PRODUCE!"</p>
irst times she’s appeared to have sent a sartorial signal </p><p>The idea that Trump’s jacket was aimed at the president is bolstered by the fact that while the first lady never says very much in public, she is very deliberate about her clothing and knows how to make a sartorial statement. Rather than wearing whatever her minions pick for her, Melania has said that she always wears “what I like and what is appropriate for the occasion”. There have also been a number of previous occasions in which the former model appears to have used her clothing to dress down her husband. </p><p>In October 2016, Trump wore a Gucci pussy bow shirt to the second presidential debate. This was just two days after the 2005 Access Hollywood tapes in which Donald Trump talks about “grabbing women by the pussy” surfaced. Pussy bow blouses, a style of shirt with a floppy bow around the neck, were en vogue at the time so her choice of apparel wasn’t entirely inexplicable. Nevertheless, the internet immediately lost its shirt and began speculating as to whether Trump was making a subtle jab at her husband. Was this her way of being a nasty woman? </p><p>It can be hard to keep track of all the presidential porn star scandals, I know, but please cast your mind back to early January when news broke that Trump had arranged a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, so she would keep quiet about an alleged sexual affair in 2006. Relations between the first lady and the president appeared to cool after that: she cancelled plans to travel with him to the World Economic Forum in Davos and there were rumours she was sleeping at a hotel. The first time Trump appeared in public with her husband after the Stormy scandal broke was the State of the Union address, and her choice of outfit caused quite a stir. The first lady’s decision to wear a cream Christian Dior pantsuit drew immediate comparisons with famous pantsuit aficionado Hillary Clinton, who had worn a similar style for the inauguration.</p><p>Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrat women also wore white pantsuits for Trump’s inauguration, as a statement of protest and a reference to the women’s suffrage movement, which is associated with the color white. In light of this, many seemed to believe that Trump’s white wardrobe choice was designed to make her husband see red. Ultimately, however, no one knows for sure what Trump is thinking. Perhaps not even the first lady herself. </p>
last three years to deal with the problem of migration. Yet the issue is as toxic as ever and the politics have become a prime neuralgic danger to the bloc, bringing populists to power most recently in Italy and Austria and now threatening the rule of Madame Europe herself, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.</p><p>Under a kind of ultimatum from her Bavarian conservative partners to reduce the flow of migrants coming to Germany after registering in other European Union countries, Ms. Merkel got the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to call an emergency meeting here on Sunday of the European leaders most affected by migration.</p><p>It is a rare occurrence, in that not every European leader will be there. But it is in preparation for a summit meeting of them all next week — a meeting that was supposed to be about eurozone reform and instead will be mostly about migration.</p><p>Sunday’s meeting is described as “informal,” and it will not be followed by a statement or news conference, only by questions shouted out by journalists as leaders leave the building sometime Sunday evening.</p><p>Ms. Merkel herself downplayed expectations. “The meeting on Sunday is a consultation and working meeting at which there will be no concluding statement,” she told reporters on Friday. “It is an initial exchange with interested member states.”</p><p>There will be no easy solutions. The number of migrants may be falling, but Europe remains deeply divided over how to handle migration and refugees, where to put them, how to send unqualified applicants back home and even over how to protect its borders.</p><p>The Central Europeans have essentially refused to take migrants or refugees, rejecting the idea of quotas to help reception countries like Greece and Italy. The leaders of the four main countries of Central Europe — Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia — have not even been invited to the Sunday meeting. And it was only with great trouble that Ms. Merkel convinced the new Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, to come after he objected to an early draft of proposals made by the commission.</p><p>While the numbers of asylum seekers are way down, the long crisis still threatens one of the European Union’s greatest accomplishments, the “border-free” Schengen zone.</p><p>Countries have set up “emergency” border checks within the Schengen zone to block uncontrolled flow of migrants and possible terrorists, but those border controls are unlikely to be lifted. Mr. Seehofer’s desire to stop registered migrants from entering Germany would effectively mean setting up extensive new border controls with Austria, now run by a government in coalition with populists that also has decried uncontrolled migration.</p><p>But this is where anti-migrant policy, populism and nationalism create confused and sometimes contradictory positions. The border would antagonize both Austria and the new populist, anti-migrant government in Italy because it would stall migrants in Austria and mean sending back large numbers to Italy, where many migrants first registered. Having taken in some 650,000 boat migrants in the last five years, Rome objects to the idea of asylum seekers having to be returned to the country where they first registered.</p><p>Mrs. Merkel also fears that such a border would be copied by other countries within Schengen, effectively destroying it, perhaps forever. That is why she is trying to find a broader European solution, even if a temporary one.</p><p>But the tone is hardening generally toward migrants in Europe, with politicians of many stripes demanding better control over the bloc’s external borders, including as many as 10,000 more European border police. Yet no country seems eager to pay more into the European Union budget to cover the costs.</p><p>Ms. Merkel is also working on bilateral agreements with partners like Italy and Greece to reduce the burden on Germany, possibly similar to the deal struck with Turkey two years ago. She will also discuss the issue with Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, on Tuesday in Berlin. Spain displayed a kind of European solidarity when it agreed to accept the more than 600 migrants on a ship, the Aquarius, that the Italians turned away.</p>
efugees into Europe came back to the fore last week after Italy closed its ports to a migrant rescue ship.</p><p>Didier Leschi, head of OFFI, said: “Europe is at a crossroads.”</p><p>He added the EU is more divided than ever over the migrant crisis and how to share the refugee burden.</p><p>There is a “deep divide” between the “two Europes” on the question, Mr Leschi said, referring to the EU’s founding members and the recently joined, more immigration-averse eastern EU states.</p><p>Mr Leschi said: “Europe’s newest members, Eastern countries, do not have the same tradition of accepting migrants as the bloc’s founding members. The divide is historic.”</p><p>The immigration chief called for more dialogue between Northern and Southern EU states.</p><p>Mr Leschi added Italy’s new populist government was calling into question European unity by ignoring Europe’s long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees.</p><p>Italy is one of the bloc’s six founding members.</p><p> Some people are genuinely in need of protection, but there are also some who are not fleeing political repression </p><p>The question of how to curb illegal immigration and of how many migrants the bloc can realistically absorb came back into the spotlight last week after Italy closed its doors to the drifting rescue boat, which was eventually accepted by Spain.</p><p>Italy says it prefers the EU’s border agency Frontex to work in Africa to prevent people from coming to Europe rather than have to patrol the Mediterranean and rescue those stranded at sea.</p><p>An idea echoed by Mr Leschi, who also urged the EU to work hand in glove with the countries of departure.</p><p>He said: “Some people are genuinely in need of protection, but there are also some who are not fleeing political repression. We must ensure that economic migrants are less tempted to leave their homes by holding the countries of departure more accountable.”</p><p>The EU, which has struggled to agree on a common asylum policy, is bitterly divided over migration and has instead tried to strengthen its borders and deter new arrivals.</p><p>On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said Paris and Berlin had agreed that EU states should have the right to turn away at their borders all migrants who registered in another member country, usually their first port of call.</p><p>Mr Macron also called for a “more efficient system of solidarity and responsibility” regarding the registration and redistribution of asylum seekers, and pledged alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel to better protect the bloc’s external borders by boosting the Frontex agency.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
sion.</p><p>WikiLeaks published online more than 9,000 names of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees, amid mounting criticism of the agency’s separation of migrant families.</p><p>The Julian Assange-founded nonprofit said its latest information dump — called ICEPatrol — was important for “increasing accountability.”</p><p>Its database contains information and photos culled from LinkedIn of 9,243 former and current ICE employees, from interns to senior management. The site is searchable by location, industry, current position, school attended and field of study.</p><p>The publication is in response to ICE’s treatment of migrants illegally crossing the southern border, resulting in more than 2,300 children being separated from their families since May.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
sion.</p><p>About two dozen protesters on Friday assembled at the Virginia residence of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen, chanting, waving signs and playing the recording of detained migrant children wailing and crying “Mami” and “Papá.”</p><p>At least 2,500 immigrant children have been separated from their families at the border and shipped to detention centers — a policy Nielsen forcefully supported before President Trump’s dramatic about-face this week amid massive condemnation.</p><p>The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
sion.</p><p>One of the California “Horror House” siblings was choked so hard she thought she would die — all because she watched a Justin Bieber video, investigators revealed during two days of testimony at a pre-trial hearing.</p><p>The 17-year-old girl, who, in January, made a daring escape out of a window and called 911, told Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Manuel Campos how her mom, Louise Turpin, attacked her for watching the forbidden pop video on a cell phone about two years ago.</p><p>“Do you want to die?” the girl told Campos her mom asked as she choked her.</p><p>Other disturbing details heard by the court included how the teen and her 12 siblings were fed one meal a day, consisting of peanut butter and bologna sandwiches, frozen burritos or chips.</p><p>The siblings were frequently beaten, sometimes whipped with belts. They were often tied up, fist with ropes and later with chains, for months at a time, prosecutors said.</p><p>Investigators testified that medical records showed some of the kids were severely malnourished, with some adult children being 32lbs underweight</p><p>The teen said she hadn’t finished first grade and investigators said she spoke like a child and had difficulty pronouncing some words.</p><p>She hadn’t bathed in a year, and Campos described how her skin was caked with dirt.</p><p>The courageous girl planned her escape for two years, she said, and when she finally left the decrepit home, her hands were shaking so much she had trouble dialing the three numbers.</p><p>Because the kids were barely ever let out of their rooms, let alone their house, she didn’t know the neighborhood and had to read her own address off a piece of scrap paper, Campos said. She also couldn’t spell her last name.</p><p>A photo she took of two of her emaciated sisters, one who was 11-years-old, shackled to their beds by their wrists, was also made public for the first time, and the courtroom gasped upon viewing it.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
sion.</p><p>A rental home in Honolulu where nudists hold naked yoga parties has reportedly prompted allegations of criminal activity at the so-called “Freedom House,” including prostitution, sexual assault and child sex crimes.</p><p>Investigations by police and child protective services are now underway in connection to the “clothing-optional” home in upper Nuuanu, where a mother claims her 5-year-old daughter saw sex acts and nudity while visiting with the girl’s father.</p><p>A Department of Human Services report obtained by the station indicated that the 5-year-old girl showed signs of sex abuse in May 2018 after she “took a small toy and was using it as a sexual toy,” according to the report.</p><p>But the state’s Department of Human Services recommended therapy for the girl at the time since investigators could not confirm any harm and her parents were “safe and protective,” according to the report.</p><p>“I was shocked,” the girl’s mother told Hawaii News Now. “I couldn’t believe it.”</p><p>But at least one person who attended one of the gatherings at another location in Kahala said the nudist party descended into criminal activity – with people paying for sex and instances of sexual assault that she experienced first-hand, she claims.</p><p>“It’s kind of haunted me for a long time,” Shay Bonds told the station. “I was confused. I felt violated. I had no idea how to handle something like that.”</p><p>Bonds is now cooperating with police investigators, Hawaii News Now reports.</p><p>The renter of the house, Amy Highmoor, is denying those allegations and said she considers herself to be a child advocate.</p><p>“Absolutely not,” Highmoor said when asked if a 5-year-old girl witnessed sex acts in the home. “Especially, no, absolutely not.”</p><p>Highmoor said she was “disgusted” by the allegations, but told the station there’s little she can do to protect herself from “rumors or lies” being spread about the home.</p><p>Hawaii News Now reported earlier this month that previous versions of the Freedom House’s website advertised kinky sex parties and offers to hold private events at the home, including Naked Taco Tuesday.</p><p>The property management company that owns the home, Sakuma Realty, is now seeking to evict Highmoor from the residence as authorities continue to investigate the allegations, Hawaii News Now reports.</p><p>Messages seeking comment from Highmoor and Honolulu police were not immediately returned Friday. A website for the home, meanwhile, claims nothing nefarious is happening behind closed doors.</p><p>“Please note that we are not a business,” the website reads. “We are just a place where people come to gather and enjoy one another’s company. All monies coming in to The Freedom House are via donations only.”</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
sion.</p><p>Patel — a hotel executive who also teaches business ethics at NYU — and his campaign volunteers create bogus profiles with photos of hot people on Tinder, Grindr and Bumble, and then attempt to pick up other users as voters in a practice he calls “Tinder banking.”</p><p>“Hi Sarah. Are you into civic engagement?” he messages one woman on the app before revealing his real identity.</p><p>“People are on these apps to have fun ;)” it reads.</p><p>But his underhanded tactics are rubbing potential voters the wrong way.</p><p>The practice also seems to be in violation of Tinder’s rules.</p><p>This isn’t the first time Patel has engaged in questionable behavior online. In 2012, he posted gross Facebook comments about then-16-year-old Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, writing to a girlfriend: “We went to Top Shop. I bought a promise ring. Then they tried to arrest me” and “If this happens with McKayla Maroney … you can’t fault me, you know?. Sorry … you knew the deal.”</p><p>And in a 2010 post, he commented on a false story that claimed actor John Stamos had a fling with a 17-year-old.</p><p>“Dude, she was 17 — that’s not that bad. Have mercy!” wrote Patel.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>