By Xander Snyder
The Five Star Movement and the League, having won the Italian parliamentary elections in March, are still in negotiations to form a government and select a prime minister. During their campaign, they were both considered “anti-EU” insofar as they opposed Brussels’ authority over Rome’s. Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the Five Star Movement, and Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League, both openly called for a referendum on the eurozone. Five Star is considered anti-immigration too.
Lost among the hype of their electoral success, though, is that they have both walked back their positions on Europe. As recently as September 2017, Di Maio said a referendum should be on the table. Just three months later, he changed his mind and said his party’s manifesto would reflect as much, though he noted how useful referendums could be as a counterweight to the EU. Also in September, Salvini admitted that a referendum would be fruitless: “I do not propose unattai