League Government will prioritize tax cuts over deficit

League Government will prioritize tax cuts over deficit

Italy’s ruling League party main economic spokesman, Claudio Borghi, has made clear that his party wants to pursue an ambitious tax cuts program, even if that means a surging deficit. “We need to pursue a tax cut and it is obvious that a small proportion will be funded with the deficit,” Borghi told RAI public TV on Monday. The League is leading in the polls, has withdrawn its confidence in the 14-months coalition government, and is calling for snap elections as soon as possible. The League’s leader, Matteo Salvini, filed…

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Merkel meets Orban on the anniversary of the Iron Curtain amid new disagreements

Merkel meets Orban on the anniversary of the Iron Curtain amid new disagreements

German Chancellor Angela Merkel recalled the importance of a “humane” Europe Monday (19 August) as she took part in commemorations in Hungary to mark the 30th anniversary of a pivotal moment in the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. Speaking alongside her Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban – with whom she has clashed in recent years over the issue of migration – Merkel said the “Pan-European Picnic” held at the Austro-Hungarian border in 1989 reflected the values of “solidarity, freedom and a humane Europe”. The two leaders were addressing a…

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Catholic Church continues to confront LGBT people in Visegrád Four

Catholic Church continues to confront LGBT people in Visegrád Four

The rhetoric of the Catholic Church members against the LGBT community is becoming increasingly aggressive in four eastern EU countries, with priests comparing the LGBT movement to the plague and calling it an “ideology” with totalitarian features. In the past weeks, LGBT issues have moved to the top of the agenda in Poland, which faces a parliamentary election on 13 October, and quickly spread to the other Visegrád countries – Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Family policy and traditional values have always been a crucial topic for the Polish…

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