Free condoms and a soda tax: Populists have big ideas for Italy

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The plan: Free condoms for all Italians under 26, low-income citizens, asylum seekers and women who’ve recently undergone abortion. A Five Star idea, the proposal would cost an estimated 5 million euros ($5.7 million).

Status: Originally an amendment to next year’s budget law, the free-condom plan has now been withdrawn at the rightist League’s request. Young Italians should have sex “the way they want and in a safe way,” though they don’t need the state’s help to do it, League leader and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said.

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