2019 European Parliament election in Italy

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Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Italy on 26 May 2019.

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Italy's deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini - leader of the far-right Lega - quickly became one of the leading voices in the overall debate across the European Union ahead of the European elections. His attempt to unite different likeminded nationalist parties - favourable to a 'close doors' policy for the European Union (EU) when it comes to immigration - gathered momentum and attention from media sources.

In Italy, immigration and unemployment were identified as the main issues at stake ahead of the election. Pre-electoral polls suggested governing Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) was on route to be punished by the electorate, while La Lega - also part of the cabinet coalition - appeared to be retaining the credit. Centre-left Partido Democratico - the winner of the previous European election in Italy - appeared to slowly recover in the polls, though far from the leading far-right.

According to preliminary results, La Lega won 34.3% of the votes, putting it comfortably in front of the center-left Democratic Party which gained 22,7% of the votes. M5S only managed to get 17,1% of the votes.

Only three days after the European election defeat, Luigi DiMaio, the leader of M5S, called a confidence vote which was held on 29 May. He got the backing of 80% of the members of the M5S.

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Commentary and Analysis
Poll of Polls: EP 2019 in Italy https://pollofpolls.eu/IT/61/ep2019-in-italy
Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in Italy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Italy
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 03/04/2019: The EP elections: An Italian election in Europe or a European election in Italy? https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2019/04/03/the-ep-elections-an-italian-election-in-europe-or-a-european-election-in-italy/
Politico, 28/05/2019: How Italy lost the European election https://www.politico.eu/article/how-italy-lost-european-election-2019-national-maginalization/
Open Europe: Blog, 23/04/2019: European elections are a test for the populist government in Italy https://openeurope.org.uk/today/blog/european-elections-are-a-test-for-the-populist-government-in-italy/
The Local (Italy), 30/04/2019: European elections: Who can I vote for in Italy and what are the big issues? https://www.thelocal.it/20190430/european-elections-who-can-i-vote-for-in-italy-and-what-are-the-big-issues
EurActiv, 29/05/2019: Isolated Italy excluded from EU top jobs race, faces pressure over debt https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/isolated-italy-excluded-from-eu-top-jobs-race-faces-pressure-over-debt/
VOXeurop, 26/04/2019: Will the Lega and 5 Star alliance survive the European elections? https://voxeurop.eu/en/2019/european-elections-5122891
The Local Italy, 27/05/2019: The biggest winners and losers in Italy's EU election results https://www.thelocal.it/20190527/winners-losers-italy-eu-election-results
Bloomberg, 27/05/2019: Italy’s Populist Victor Faces the Crunch https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-05-27/italy-european-election-result-matteo-salvini-s-victory
The Local Italy, 27/05/2019: Italy's EU election results by region: Who won where? https://www.thelocal.it/20190527/italy-eu-election-results-by-region-who-won-where

News
The Local (Italy), 09/04/2019: Mussolini's great-grandson is standing for the EU elections in Italy https://www.thelocal.it/20190409/mussolinis-great-grandson-will-stand-for-the-eu-elections-in-italy
Politico, 09/04/2019: Mussolini’s great-grandson to run in European election https://www.politico.eu/article/caio-giulio-cesare-mussolini-great-grandson-to-run-in-european-election-italy/
Euronews, 10/04/2019: Mussolini's great-grandson to run in EU elections for small far-right party https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/09/mussolini-s-great-grandson-to-run-in-eu-elections-for-small-far-right-party
Reuters, 18/04/2019: Italy's League presents anti-euro candidates at EU elections https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1RU173
Euronews, 30/04/2019: Italy's Berlusconi misses EU election campaign event after being hospitalised https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/30/italy-s-berlusconi-misses-eu-election-campaign-event-after-being-hospitalised
The Guardian, 02/05/2019: Matteo Salvini: vote for nationalists to stop European caliphate https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/02/matteo-salvini-vote-for-nationalist-parties-stop-islamic-caliphate
Politico, 27/05/2019: Salvini wins big — but only in Italy https://www.politico.eu/article/european-parliament-election-2019-matteo-salvinis-wins-big-but-only-in-italy/
EurActiv, 27/05/2019: Salvini wins over Italy as Five Star Movement falls apart https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/salvini-wins-over-italy-as-five-star-movement-falls-apart/
Politico, 29/05/2019: 5Star leader Di Maio calls confidence vote https://www.politico.eu/article/5star-leader-luigi-di-maio-calls-confidence-vote/
Reuters, 29/05/2019: Italy 5-Star chief calls party confidence vote after EU election flop https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-politics-5star-idUSKCN1SZ0XX
EurActiv, 31/05/2019: 5-Star members back Di Maio to stay after EU election rout https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/5-star-members-backs-di-maio-to-stay-after-eu-election-rout/

Official
Italian Ministry of Interior: FAQ. Elezioni europee 2019 [in Italian] https://dait.interno.gov.it/elezioni/faq-elezioni-europee-2019
European Elections.eu: How to Vote in Italy https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/italy

ESO Records
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-campaign-ahead-of-2019-european-parliament-elections/

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