Lecture Theo Francken in Verviers canceled: car attacked, mayor protests

Nearly one hundred people met this afternoon for a hotel in Verviers to protest against the arrival of Theo Francken (N-VA). The former secretary of state for Asylum and Migration was expected in the city at a lecture, but it has since been canceled. His car was attacked and the police can not guarantee his safety, he reports on Twitter. Muriel Targnion, mayor of Verviers (PS), joined the demonstrators as well. Source HLN

Italy’s 5-Star defends ally Salvini in online vote

Members of Italy’s ruling governing party the 5-Star Movement voted on Monday to block a possible kidnapping trial against Matteo Salvini, its coalition ally and leader of the hard-right League party. The online ballot is meant to dictate how 5-Star senators should vote on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee reviewing whether magistrates can continue a probe into Salvini, who is also interior minister and deputy prime minister. Source Thomson Reuters