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Italy's Matteo Salvini Plans to Unite European Far-Right

The leader of Italy’s ruling far-right League (Lega) Party is seeking to construct a far-right block in the European Parliament, one that shares its anti-immigration stance.

Matteo Salvini, currently serving as Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, has stated that he intends to host a major rally of the European far-right prior to the forthcoming EU elections in May to promote shared nationalist, populist and far-right ideologies, attempting to perhaps position himself into being the guiding light of the revitalised far-right movement.

Photo from the Lega Nord gathering in Pontida in April 2013 | Fabio Visconti

Despite the success of the League Party, Salvini has made little progress with his visions with a varying group of interests and extremes, many of them nationalistic, hindering his conceptual broad church of the far-right.

With the clock ticking down on the May elections, Salvini will kick off his campaign with representatives from just three European far-right parties, despite his grandiose​ plans for his rally next month. The three groups joining Salvini will be Alternative for Germany (AfD), the Finns Party and the Danish People’s Party.

“We’re preparing a major event for the Europe of the next 30 years in May in Italy, where we’ll invite all the European movements that are alternatives to the rule of the Socialists and the European People’s Party of recent years. It will be the first time an event drawing together at least 15 or 20 European countries will take place in Italy.”

Matteo Salvini speaking in Paris

While the League Party is already a member of the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), which includes the French​ National Rally (formerly the National Front) and Austria’s Freedom Party of Austria, Salvini wishes to expand this alliance to include the likes of Hungary’s Viktor Orban and Jaroslaw Kaczynski of Poland’s ruling PiS party.

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