Italy’s Northern League resurgent; Berlusconi returns to power

Italy’s center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi won a return to power this week, and concerns over immigration resulted in gains by the anti-immigrant Northern League. While the two maintain some differences, both have concerns about Italy’s increasing foreign-born population. “One of the first things to do is to close the frontiers and set up more camps to identify foreign citizens who don’t have jobs and are forced into a life of crime,” Berlusconi said. In its campaigns, the Northern League’s campaign posters have been subject to criticism. One of this year’s posters displayed a drawing of an American Indian in a feathered headdress, with a caption saying: they suffered immigration: Now they live in reserves.