How Europe’s populists are following the Steve Bannon playbook

(CNN)Ever since he left the White House, Steve Bannon has been scouring the world for new opportunities to promote his brand of populism: a revolt against liberal elites, migration and multiculturalism — and the revival of the nation state.

Bannon, once Donald Trump’s ideological sidekick, has found the perfect partner in Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Interior Minister and leader of the League, one of two parties in the new coalition government in Rome.
Salvini is an admirer of Vladimir Putin, prefers social media to mainstream media, trumpets economic nationalism and makes controversial remarks about foreigners and migrants. He’s ripped more than a few pages out of Trump’s playbook. Even his election slogan was “Italians first.”

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