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Salvini Builds 4-Party Right-Wing Alliance Ahead of EU Parliament Elections

© REUTERS / Yara NardiItalian Deputy Prime Minister and League leader Matteo Salvini arrives for a news conference at the Senate upper house parliament building in Rome, Italy March 8, 2019
Italian Deputy Prime Minister and League leader Matteo Salvini arrives for a news conference at the Senate upper house parliament building in Rome, Italy March 8, 2019 - Sputnik International
MILAN (Sputnik) - Italian deputy prime minister and the leader of the Lega party, Matteo Salvini, set up an alliance of four right-wing European parties on Monday, ahead of the elections to the European Parliament that will take place in May.

"We are building a community, a family. I am working on a new European project," Salvini announced at an event titled "Towards a Common Sense Europe!" in Milan.

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Salvini added that while many European citizens were "dissatisfied with the European Union," the alliance would work to bring "work, family, security and the future of the youth in the centre of attention."

"It is the alliance that looks in the future. We will start from today, and from today our family will enlarge," Salvini said.

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He added that other movements of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group in the European Parliament would join the alliance, though there were certain differences among them.

The alliance of right-wing European parties that Matteo Salvini is building ahead of the European Parliament elections is focusing on the bloc's security issues, member of the alliance and a representative of the Danish People's Party, Anders Vistisen, said.

"What is important in this alliance is that we want security for the European Union. We will insist that the European peoples' security is much higher on the agenda than it has been in the past," Vistisen said.

Vistisen pointed out that the bloc had to fight "the threat coming from fundamental Islamism."

Joerg Meuthen, the federal spokesman for the German Alternative fur Deutschland party, Olli Kotro from The Finns Party and Anders Vistisen, a member of the European Parliament from the Danish People's Party, were present at the event.

"The name of the alliance, which we signed up to this morning, is the European Alliance of People and Nations, or EAPN… At the moment, we are four parties. But when the last plenary session in Strasbourg ends on 18 of April, till this day I am sure we will have at least 10 member parties of our alliance," Joerg Meuthen said.

Meuthen explained that there was a 50/50 percent chance that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party might join the group.

"For the Polish PIS [Law and Justice] party, I know that they have in mind to stay in the ECR [European Conservatives and Reformists group] group. We will see what happens. If they want to join our group, they are completely welcome. But they need to decide themselves," Meuthen said.

The German politician explained that the alliance's aim was to work together after the European Parliament elections as a single group inside the institution.

"We want to have good relations with Russia from the side of the European Union. At this time, they are not as they should be. That is one of the points that we want to change. We are very much interested in having good and close relations with Russia. For example, we want to abolish [Russia] sanctions," Meuthen said.

According to Meuthen, the aspiration for better relations with Moscow will be one of the main political objectives of the future bloc.

"It will be one of the points of the platform, for sure," Meuthen added.

The elections to the EU legislative body will be held on May 23-26. It will be the legislature's ninth convocation and will have 46 fewer members — 705 instead of 751 — due to the United Kingdom's expected exit from the European Union.

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