Skip to Content

Elie Schlein. Wikipedia

Italy: Sardine star has ties with Soros network

She was a volunteer in Obama's campaigns. Now Elly Schlein is on the list of politicians welcomed by the Open Society Foundation.

Published: February 6, 2020, 8:17 am

    Read more

    The former volunteer in the election campaigns of the former President of the United States Barack Obama and lauded by the organisation of the financier George Soros, Elly Schlein is the new darling of the Italian left.

    She is 34 years old, and supported Stefano Bonaccini’s candidacy in Emilia-Romagna with the list “Brave Emilia Romagna”, collecting a total of 22 098 personal votes, distributed among the colleges of Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Ferrara.

    It is a real record for the young face of the left born in Lugano (Switzerland), from an Italian mother and an American father. As you can read on her website, her paternal grandfather, Harry Schlein, emigrated to the United States from an Eastern European family.

    After graduating from the Liceo di Lugano, in 2004 she returned to Italy to attend the University of Bologna. In 2008, Schlein left for Chicago to volunteer in the Obama election campaign. She returned to Chicago in 2012 to train new volunteers for Obama’s reelection.

    After graduating with two theses on the criminalization and over-representation of migrants in prison, and on the rights of foreigners in constitutional jurisprudence, she worked on a documentary by Roland Sejko, which recounts the collective escape of thousands of people on large and small ships from Albania to Italy. Immigration and the protection of migrants’ rights, is therefore, one of her main interests.

    After supporting the candidacy of Pippo Civati in the primaries of the Democratic Party, Elly Schlein was elected to the European Parliament, joining the Development, Civil Liberties Justice and Home Affairs and Gender Equality Commissions.

    In 2016, the young MEP was appointed rapporteur for the Socialist and Democratic group on the reform of the Dublin Regulation. Always attentive to issues related to the environment, rights and immigration, she naturally decided to support Bonaccini in Emilia Romagna in the last elections.

    But a video with Matteo Salvini actually pushed her into the limelight, reaching a large number of voters. “Matteo, I am a former colleague of yours at the European Parliament, do you remember?”

    She spoke to Salvini, after having stopped him at the end of a meeting. “I have to ask you a question. Why did you never come to the 22 meetings on the Dublin agreement negotiations?” Salvini had said that he would not be attending since the rule places an unfair burden on Mediterranean countries and creates “an obvious imbalance in management, numbers and costs”.

    Former Interior Minister Salvini said in 2018 that he was “very satisfied” over the rejection of the proposed Dublin Regulation reform by seven countries, including Italy, and called it “a victory for us”.

    “We had held an opposing position, and other countries came to stand behind us; we broke the front,” Salvini told the media in Luxembourg at the time. “That means it’s not true that it’s not possible to influence European policies,” he said.

    The seven countries that rejected the draft Dublin Regulation reform presented by the Bulgarian EU presidency were Italy, Spain, Austria, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia. Estonia, Poland and Great Britain did not express an opinion.

    The other 18 countries, despite being unsatisfied, expressed willingness to leave the door open to negotiations. Among those countries are Greece, Malta, and Cyprus, thus breaking ranks with the Mediterranean front.

    Due to the Dublin Regulation, Italy has taken the brunt of asylum seeker applications and is required to take on the responsibility of accepting or rejecting them.

    Thanks to her commitment to migrants and an “open society”, Elly Schlein has been included in on the list of “friendly” MEPs to the financier George Soros, a great supporter of the American Democratic Party.

    As Italia Oggi pointed out, the list was compiled by the “philanthropic” organisation Open Society Foundation, which operates as a political lobby on behalf of the billionaire, and is still available on the web, although some interested parties have denied any connection.

    Schlein is included not only in the overall list (page XV), but also in that of the “friends” most active on the topics dear to Soros, on page 67.

    Just like Soros, Schlein is a fan of the Sardines, a movement pretending to be a spontaneous “grassroots” initiative against the League of Salvini.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      The sudden appearance of the “Sardines” and their use as a flash mob for the PD bears all the marks of a carefully crafted program to fund these new troops of the Italian left. Last month’s regional elections in Emilia-Romagna may have provided the PD and its leftist-globalist backers a useful test bed for the use of the PD’s new Blackshirts to get more leftist voters to the polls. In four of six upcoming regional Italian elections in 2020, the PD will be on the defensive, and we will likely see the “Sardines” employed to help the left stay in power..


    Judiciary in a hurry to move against Salvini

    It appears that the Italian judiciary is in a hurry to move against former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The offices of the investigating magistrate of Catania have already received the official request of the prosecutor to set a preliminary hearing in the context of the proceeding against the Salvini "kidnapping" case.

    The grip of Soros on the ECHR revealed by French weekly

    ParisIn its latest issue, a French weekly revealed the extent of the influence of Georges Soros, the Hungarian billionaire at the head of the NGO network Open Society Foundations, on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

    European Commissioner of the Interior defends asylum after ECHR ruling

    BrusselsThe European Commissioner of the Interior defended the right of migrants to ask for asylum, and even though this right “cannot be offered at each meter of the border” it should be, she argued.

    Orban: ‘It’s forbidden to say so in Europe, but migration is an organised invasion’

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday warned of a rise in the number of organised groups of migrants attempting to enter the country as summer approaches as migration pressure increases on the country's southern border.

    More than 120 daily stabbing attacks in France

    ParisIn total, between 2015 and 2017, some 44 000 people were victims of a stabbing attack in France.

    The emergence of Europe’s ‘big four’

    BrusselsIt's Europe's "big four" - new axis between four major countries of the European Union,  trying to take the place of the Franco-German axis, which has been in crisis due to the continuous divergences between Paris and Berlin.

    Salvini faces up to 15 years in prison for stopping illegal immigration

    RomeDuring his year at the head of the Italian Ministry of the Interior, Matteo Salvini never stopped fighting illegal immigration. The boss of the League in Italy is accused of kidnapping because he blocked a boat of illegal migrants off the coast of Sicily when he was Minister of the Interior.

    AfD files criminal charges against Merkel for coercion

    BerlinIn the case of the Thuringian Prime Minister Thomas Kemmerich (FDP), who was forced to resign, the AfD has announced that it will report Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) for coercion.

    Dutch parties demand that FvD be excluded from coalition

    The HagueDutch party leaders have urged the VVD in the province of Brabant to rule out a coalition with the Forum voor Democratie after the province’s government collapsed. The VVD, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, is a liberal political party in the Netherlands.

    Migrants mass at Hungary’s border to test Orban’s resolve

    A group of hundreds of migrants that recently set off for Hungary from Serbia has reached Hungary’s southern border at Tompa, Hungarian public television’s current affairs channel M1 reported on Thursday.

    Go to archive