The League of Matteo Salvini seems to be irresistibly rising. It obtained 34.2% of the votes in the European elections (compared to 6% in 2014), took the Piedmont region from the Democratic Party (centre-left) on the same day and, in June, confirmed its momentum by winning a number of municipalities, including cities that symbolize the left such as Forli and Ferrara, and cities in the South. Matteo Salvini has thus strengthened his position as a strongman for the country and in the government.
In this context, he constantly reaffirms his priorities, in particular: the flat tax, the law in favour of regional autonomy (as traditionally claimed by the Northern League and especially by the presidents of the Veneto and Lombardy regions), the adoption of a new "security decree" aimed at further restricting immigration, the clearing of 600 public worksites and the construction’s initiation of the Lyon-Turin high-speed train line. Moreover, while the European Commission denounces the increase in the public deficit and debt and considers an infringement procedure, Matteo Salvini declares with lots of bravado that "a Europe of austerity, precariousness and unemployment is over". He intends to impose his policy.
First, he intends to impose it to the Five Star Movement, which has been going from defeat to defeat in each local, regional and European election. On 26 May, it finished in third place with 17% of the votes against more than 21% in 2014, and with a loss of more than 6 million voters compared to the parliamentary elections of 4 March 2018, where it had came out on top with 32.7% of the votes. The party is now divided on the alliance that led it to govern with the League, which benefits only the League, and on the strategy to be pursued. An electronic consultation unsurprisingly reveals that Luigi Di Maio remains the party’s leader. He plans to change its organization by, for example, structuring it territorially and redesigning its communication. Currently, in fear of early elections that could be highly damaging to him, he prefers to remain in power. As a result, he is forced to accept all of Matteo Salvini's demands. This only accentuates the party’s internal discontent. Unlike the League, the Five Star Movement has an increasingly blurred identity and, in addition, lacks political experience.