A remote 800-year-old hilltop religious retreat in Italy is to become the latest in a wave of right-wing academies attempting to shape the next generation of populist leaders in Europe.
The Trisulti monastery, about a two-hour drive southeast of Rome, is being converted by Benjamin Harnwell, a conservative Catholic ideologue from Leicestershire, who told The Times that he was determined to “defend the Judeo-Christian roots of society”.
Boasting connections at senior levels in the Vatican, Mr Harnwell, 42, is also backed by Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist who has recently taken up the causes of European nationalism and populism.
Mr Bannon took a trip to the monastery, which he believes could be vital to Europe’s future. “At the monastery you see the values…Want to read more?