Steve Bannon's plans for a far-right nationalist school, the former chief strategist of the White House, were stopped by the Italian authorities. Bannon hoped to run the school from an old monastery near Rome, but officials said they are revoking the reasons for not maintaining the site and paying fees.
In a statement released on Friday, Gianluca Vacca, an official of the Italian Ministry of Culture, said it was the "duty" of the government to deprive the Institute of Human Dignity, a far-right Catholic thinker, of the right to the monastery of Certosa de Trisulti had partnered with Bannon. Vacca noted that the group had not made reasonable concessions and noted that the institute had no experience of preserving the cultural heritage. The ministry also expressed concern that no repairs would have started to provide the historic property for public use.
"Political opinions have nothing to do with us," Vacca said. "We are interested in respecting the law and protecting the national cultural heritage to which the Certosa obviously belongs."
In response to the statement by the Italian government, Bannon signaled that he was unwilling to give up his dream of the opening of the school and say: "The fight for Trisulti is a microcosm of the struggle for the Judeo-Christian West. "
Another complication for Bannon's plans is the claim of the Italian authorities that a bank has filed the Human Dignity Institute. The acquisition of rights to use the monastery was fake.
Bannon dismissed this allegation by claiming that "actually everything is completely legitimate" and that questions about the authenticity of the bank document are "only dust that is whirled up by the left."
Bannon hoped to create a global school for nationalist thought.
Bannon hoped to use the planned school to create an inheritance of populist doctrines rooted in his own personal ancient law philosophies of governance.
"Will we teach the basics of populism and nationalism? Yes, definitely, "Bannon told the Washington Post after the Human Dignity Institute won the $ 111,000 a year contract for the monastery. "But also a wider range of things. The tendencies where the world should go. "
From the beginning, however, the natives were against the monastery, where eighteenth-century frescoes and priceless art for political purposes are used by foreign activists.
"Almost all are against it," said Mauro Bussiglieri, the mayor of a town near the monastery. "Citizens find it hard to understand that [monastery] will be a place where future politicians are trained. They always regard it as a religious place, and that's it. "
Members of the Human Dignity Institute, a Catholic think tank led by Bannon Ally and the British politician Benjamin Harnwell, also have problems using the monastery for anything other than religious studies.
Cardinal Renato Maria Martino, a former Honorary President of the Human Dignity Institute, wrote to Harnwell and advised him not to use the reasons for political purposes.
"I recommend that you ensure this The abbey is truly a place of worship and encounter where everyone can participate," wrote Martino, according to Politico. "I truly hope that you and [the Human Dignity Institute] succeed in carrying out the project without distortion or change, even in the implementation phase, which degenerate the goals you have worked so hard for."
Harnwell vowed to fight, to record the lease Friday.
Bannon traveled to Europe after falling out of favor with the President after reporting that Donald Trump Jr. had called "Russian contact" as "treacherous" and Trump as FBI director James Comey as "treacherous" had biggest mistake in "modern political history".
European right-wing extremist leaders, including the French Navy Le Pen and Italian Matteo Salvini, welcomed Bannon's expertise, although he was still somewhat skeptical of conservative groups suspected of American influence in European politics. Nevertheless, Bannon plans to continue to influence the policies of the continent, and together with Harnwell will launch an official appeal against the Italian government's decision.