Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who keeps his campaign promise to radically oppose the catastrophic migration policies of its predecessors, is euphorically welcomed by citizens wherever he appears.

The video footage comes from the central Italian city of Viterbo, where Matteo Salvini – defamed by the German media as a “xenophobic right-wing populist” – attended the weekend Macchina di Santa Rosa celebrations and was surrounded by Italians who shot with him selfies and cheered him. An scene that repeats itself at virtually every public appearance since its election.