Right-wing parties join forces ahead of EP elections

Four nationalist anti-immigration parties gathered in Milan on Monday with the aim to join forces following next month’s EP election, news wires reported. Italy's Deputy PM Matteo Salvini, the head of the anti-migrant League met with top representatives of the Danish People's Party, The Finns Party and Alternative for Germany (pictured).

“We can propose a new Europe because we have never governed (in Brussels),” Salvini said. “Our goal is to be decisive, to nominate new commissioners,” he added. Salvini said he planned to hold a rally in Milan on 18 May to bring together his new alliance.However, it was not immediately clear if two of Europe’s biggest national conservative forces, Poland’s governing Law and Justice party (PiS) and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, would be willing to join the group.

Although all the speakers on Monday confirmed they were united in supporting tougher border controls to prevent illegal immigration, there appeared to be little common cause on other issues, such as economic policy, Reuters reported. The AfD has previously denounced the big-spending budget plans of Salvini and the Italian government. Other northern European nationalist groups have been highly critical of what they see as southern European fiscal profligacy.

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