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"A country where no children are born is destined to die. At the end of this term, the Government will be evaluated on the number of newborns more than on its public debt ". At stake "there is our tradition, our history, our identity" and the left is using the low birth rate as an "excuse" for "importing migrants". So the vice premier and minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, interviewed by the Times.
The minister, reports the Times, sees the low birth rate as the number one problem that Italy – with the second oldest population in the world – is facing. "We – he recalls – we created a family minister to work on fertility, on children, on a tax system that takes into account large families". In the interview, Salvini underlines that "in the last two months we have had 30,000 arrivals of migrants less than last year" and that immigration was essentially a problem of "employment" linked to an excess of manual labor supply. "The goal – he adds – is to have a legal, positive and qualified immigration and not the 700 thousand that have arrived on the boats in recent years".
Salvini also talks about Brexit, urging British premier Theresa May to adopt a harder line in negotiations with the EU. "My experience in the European Parliament tells me that you either impose or they cheat you. Because – he adds – on some principles there is no need to be flexible and you should not take any steps backwards ».