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Will it be far-right domination in Italy?



With the country’s general election just weeks away, will it be far-right domination in Italy?

Mario Draghi, affectionately known as Italy’s ‘Super Mario’, resigned as Prime Minister on July 21 potentially paving the way for far-right domination in Italy.

The decision threw the nation into political turmoil, weakening one of Europe’s biggest players during a critical time.

The outgoing PM’s decision followed his failure to gain the support of his coalition partners in a vote of confidence.

Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses parliament.

As the former European Central Bank chief, Draghi was selected to lead the government in February 2021.

He was expected to steer the country out of the economic turmoil – made worse by the Covid pandemic.

Now, as campaigning continues for the September general elections, commentators are questioning how the financial powerhouse lost his grip in parliament.

But this is just one part of the story.

Perhaps what’s more intriguing is the rise of Giorgia Meloni, the leader of Brothers of Italy.

A party with neo-fashist origins, Meloni is in pole position to become Italy’s next leader.

“The party promotes respect for sovereignty and national unity, underscores the importance of a fair, sustainable and modern system of taxation, and advocates the necessity of security, rule of law and social cohesion”

As Draghi fell, Meloni expressed her satisfaction.

Her party has gone from 4% of the vote in the 2018 general election to becoming the biggest party in recent opinion polls.

Fed up with traditional government, it seems Italians want change.

But what will this change look like? And should the broader European Union be concerned?

TICKER NEWS’ Holly Stearnes spoke with political commentator, Nataneal Bloch and Director of the EU Centre at RMIT University, Professor Bruce Wilson.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.


AUKUS meetings wrap up as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines



Australia's defence minister

The first AUKUS meetings wrap up in Washington as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

The first round of AUKUS meetings have wrapped up, with U.S. Defence Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin praising the talks as an “historic endeavour”.

Following an agreement made in Washington, Australia will have nuclear-powered submarines at the “earliest possible date”.

Defence Secretary Austin joined Australia’s Richard Marles and the UK’s Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed key challenges and opportunities confronting the world right now.

High on the agenda was the contentious Indo-Pacific region, in response to “ongoing Chinese aggression”.

The meeting comes as Australia looks to move away from its conventional Collins-class subs and invest in nuclear-powered vessels.

The U.S. reaffirming its commitment to ensure its pacific partner will acquire this capability at the earliest possible date.

Australia’s Deputy PM and Defence Minister Richard Marles says the submarines are “central” to advancing the military capabilities of the alliance.

“There is an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries, in having Australia acquire a nuclear powered submarine,” Marles said.

“The significance of that step shouldn’t be lost on people. There’s only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another. That was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”

But while we’ve heard the meetings went well, leaders are remaining tight-lipped about the exact details and any deals that have been made.

AUKUS has set a target of March 2023 to figure out a plan for Australia to acquire the nuclear subs.

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Arrests made in Germany over a suspicious plan



Well arrests have been made in Germany over suspicious activity to overthrow the nation’s government.

Twenty-five people have been arrested as part of the raids across the country.

The group reportedly includes far-right and ex-military figures.

It’s understood they were planning to storm the nation’s parliament and take over control.

Suspects include racists and conspiracy theorists, and Q-Anon believers.

Three thousand officers took part in the sting involving 150 operations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states.

Arrests were also made in Italy and Austria.

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Twist in trial over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009



There’s been an unusual development in the trial of Airbus and Air France over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

Ticker’s Europe Correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Paris

After weeks in court, prosecutors have decided NOT to ask for a conviction of the two French companies – even as they acknowledge that’s not what victims families would want.  

French prosecutors said they were unable to prove the companies were guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Their guilt “appears to us to be impossible to prove. We know that this view will most likely be difficult to hear for the civil plaintiffs,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors initially dropped charges against the companies in 2019. This sparked anger in families of the victims.

A Paris appeals court overturned this decision in 2021 and ordered the trial to go ahead. 

“We have a prosecutor who is supposed to defend the people who in the end is defending the multinational Airbus,” Daniele Lamy, the head of victims’ association Entraide et Solidarite AF447, told reporters.

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