Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini likes to present himself as a devout Christian but the head of the Catholic Church has taken starkly different political stances.
Two days of talks are scheduled after Italy's dysfunctional anti-immigrant government dramatically fell apart with the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Announcing his resignation, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made a blistering attack on his own interior minister, Matteo Salvini, accusing him of sinking the ruling coalition and endangering the economy for personal and political gain.
The move comes after Spanish navy set sail in an attempt to save migrants stuck in the boat off the coast of Italy.
Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has appeared to buckle under pressure to ease the political standoff over a migrant rescue ship, saying he would allow minors to disembark after being at sea for two weeks.
More than 500 rescued migrants are stuck in the Mediterranean on two NGO boats as Italy and Malta continue to deny them access to their ports.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini declared last week that his right-wing League party no longer supports Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and is pressing for a no-confidence vote in the next few days.
In the middle of the holiday season, Italy seems set for renewed instability after Interior Minister Salvini called for a new election based on his party’s high polling.
Salvini, from the hardline League Party, has clashed with his fellow Deputy Prime Minister Luigi di Maio of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) party over a range of policies.
More than 100 migrants stranded off the Italian coast cannot find a home, as Italy refuses to let them ashore until EU states offer them sanctuary.
Traffickers and armed groups have exploited the country's security vacuum, turning it into a hellhole for migrants.
Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder confessed to their roles into the murder of Italian military police officer Mario Cerciello Rega.
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