Italy’s Northern League launches southern push

Traditional rally of Lega Nord in Pontida, 2011. The sign reads “Towards freedom.” Wikipedia.

The Northern League, led by the rising star of the Italian right Matteo Salvini, launched its political conquest Friday of the country’s south, with a view one day to capturing national power.

While previous designs on making the regional party a nationwide force have failed, the group is banking on Salvini’s growing popularity as well as his anti-immigration, anti-EU stance to propel them to national success.

“We will make it into power. I don’t know when, but we will get there,” Salvini told reporters.

The movement aimed at the south will bear his name, “Us with Salvini”, but the party will keep its original title in the north, where it was founded over 20 years ago…