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Trump-esque Populism Sweeps Europe With All Eyes On Firebrand Italian Official

A revolt against globalism is brewing across the Atlantic.

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Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Populist Interior Minister, is expected to be the face of a newly emerging pro-sovereignty/populist supergroup in Europe.

Omni reports that Member of the European Parliament and member of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) Harald Vilimnsky said that three major populist groups in the European Parliament would be rolling out an agreement to increase cooperation among them.

The three groups that are slated to be included in this agreement are the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFDD), and the eurosceptic European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).

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Historically, there has been some cross-over within the ENF — which Salvini, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, and the FPÖ are members of — and the EFDD. However, there have been few formal connections between the two groups.

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Vilimsky’s comments caught the eurosceptic ECR by surprise claiming that this announcement was “news to us.”

Peter Lundgren, an MEP for the populist Sweden Democrats (SD),  has expressed reluctance in joining a populist supergroup in the European Parliament. Lundgren commented in March, “It will not be possible to form a large EU-critical group.”

Over the past few months, Salivni has met with other populist leaders throughout Europe in order forge cooperation between European populist groups.

In August 2018,  Salvini got together with Hungarian Minister Viktor Orbán, who declared Salvini “my hero” for his efforts to reduce mass migration, which BLP has reported on in the past.

Then in October, Breitbart reported that Salvini met with French populist Marine Le Pen and vowed to form a “freedom front” for the upcoming EU elections in May.

To top it off, the Italian minister met with members of the incumbent Law and Justice party (PiS) in Poland where he emphasized the importance of forging alliances with nationalist parties saying,  “I would like there to be a common alliance of those who want to save Europe.”

Salvini has recently become a force in European politics as his policies begin to take root in Italy.

Seeing the dangerous effects of no-go zones and what they’ve done to countries like Germany, Salvini has the led the charge in the putting the clamps on mass migration. Additionally, Italy is becoming a leader in gun rights policy by passing its latest legitimate defense law a few days ago.

Now, populist parties like Vox in Spain are even considering gun rights reforms of their own.

As time goes by, Matteo Salvini appears to be the de facto leader of European populism.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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