Lega Nord

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Lega Nord (LN, in English: Northern League), in full Lega Nord per l'Indipendenza della Padania (Northern League for the Independence of Padania), is a right-wing political party in Italy. In the run-up of the 2018 general election, the party was rebranded as Lega (League) without changing its official name in the party's statute. The party was nonetheless frequently referred to only as Lega even before this.

The party advocates the transformation of Italy into a federal state, fiscal federalism, regionalism and greater regional autonomy, especially for the wealthier northern regions. At times, the party has advocated the secession of the North. More recently, this aspect has become relatively less important. There have been several attempts to establish associated parties in the South.

The European Union is criticized.

The party has rejected all charges of "xenophobia" and has appointed non-Europeans to some prominent positions. Regardless, the party has always opposed illegal immigration and party leader Matteo Salvini, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of the Interior between 2018 and 2019, implemented a series of anti-immigrant policies that caused a large decrease of the illegal immigration to Italy.

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