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Salvini sees chance of “Polish-Italian axis”

“We have began an exchange of views on future cooperation in the European Parliament,” said Matteo Salvini, Deputy PM of Italy and leader of the “Liga”, after his Warsaw meeting with leader of Poland’s ruling party, Jarosław Kaczyński.

Salvini believes the next EP will be “totally different” to today’s EPP and socialist dominated chamber. He described his meeting with Kaczyński as “long, positive and concrete”. He said that the two leaders “talked about a Europe of the future that gives sense to the European dream which is being suppressed by the bureaucracy in recent times”. He added that the two leaders also managed to talk about values and the situation facing families and young people. 

We talked about a Europe of the future that gives sense to the European dream which is being suppressed by the bureaucracy in recent times

The Italian leader said that both leaders agreed that the future EU budget should not cut resources for fisheries and agriculture for both Poland and Italy. He felt that there was a chance of a “Polish-Italian axis” emerging in the EU and that his country would support Poland’s stance in its rule of law dispute with the EC.  

The press spokesperson of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) tweeted: "Positive talks, full of mutual understanding. Issues in which difference of view between PiS and the Liga exist were covered. The talks opened the way to future contact on how to speed up development of the EU and to ensure its place in a global context."

Matteo Salivini was in Warsaw on an invitation from Polish Interior minister Joachim Brudziński. The two met earlier on Wednesday with Salvini, using a press conference to declare that Poland and Italy will lead a new “European spring leading to a new balance of power after years of Franco-German domination.

The Italian Deputy PM also met Poland’s PM Mateusz Morawiecki during his visit. Salvini is attempting to persuade conservative parties in Europe who share a commitment to a Europe of nation states to join forces in the coming EP elections.

 

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