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Salvini Hopes to Forge Populist Alliance for European Elections


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Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:48 GMT

Italy's Matteo Salvini started gathering far-right parties from around Europe in Milan on April 8th,, hoping to forge an unlikely alliance of nationalists ahead of next month's European parliament elections, Reuters has reported.

The meeting was hosted by Deputy Prime Minister Salvini at a luxury hotel in Italy's commercial capital, currently being held under the slogan, "Towards a common sense Europe... Peoples rise up." 

European populists, including Salvini's anti-immigrant League, are hoping for a so-called "sovereignist" gathering of at least 70-80 MEPs in the 751-member European Parliament after the May 26th election. 

Salvini will speak to journalists at around 08:30 GMT and has said that up to 20 parties could join a hypothetical bloc. 

The few confirmed attendees are Germany's Alternative for Germany (AfD), the country's biggest opposition party which has said it wants "a Europe of fatherlands", the Danish People's Party and the Finns Party. Salvini has been criticised for opposing migrants flocking to Europe, mainly coming from Africa to seek a better future in Europe.  

Notably absent will be Marine Le Pen of France's National Rally (NR), Poland's governing PiS (Law and Justice party) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party.