Steve Bannon, former Breitbart executive and ex-chief strategist to Donald Trump, has lost a legal battle to create a right-wing academy in Italy. Italy’s Council of State on Monday ruled against the Bannon-backed Dignitas Humanae Institute (DHI) and its attempt to start an academy in an 800-year-old abbey. The DHI had planned to launch a leadership program targeted at right-wing Catholic activists in the Trisulti Charterhouse in Collepardo, south of Rome, drawing protest from locals. The Italian culture ministry — which owns the abbey — withdrew its license in 2019 over violations of contractual obligations, sparking a series of legal battles.
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