Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2019

'EU the real eurosceptics!' Salvini WARNS Brussels of upcoming REVOLT – 'Italy the engine'


Speaking to RTL Radio, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister argued is the “engine of the European Renaissance” as he vowed to take the Brussels bloc back to its original mission. Mr said EU leaders have failed to guarantee full employment and economic welfare breaching their commitment to the Maastricht Treaty.

He said: “I’m happy because Italy is the engine of the European Renaissance.

“And if we manage to deliver on what we set out to we will prove that the enemies of Europe – the real eurosceptics – are those who have been badly governing Europe for years.

“Europe needs to rediscover its original vision, its original mission of doing fewer things and do them well, guaranteeing full employment – as it is set out in the Maastricht Treaty – guaranteeing the economic and social welfare of the European people.

“I would challenge anyone who is listening right now – whether they like Salvini or not – to tell me that this European bureaucracy is guaranteeing economic and social welfare and full employment.

“We are working on a Europe that looks forward, that is freer and more respectful of the individual national realities.”

The leader of the Lega party pledged to form a new alliance of right-wing populist parties led by Lega Nord in the European Parliament ahead of the May 2019 election.

According to Italian media, the Deputy Prime Minister received widespread cheer when he spoke about Brussels – and his desire to create a cross-member state alliance of populist parties at the heart of the European community.

Mr Salvini said: “We will give our blood for a new European community. We are doing everything to make Italy great again.”

The news comes as the parliament gears up for its elections in May, where 705 new MEPs will be elected to Brussels.

The MPs elected will decide on all important European laws and on the annual EU budget.

But the groups, as they are, so far have different approaches on certain issues.

Mr Salvini hopes to make his new group, comprised of 130 seats, the second strongest party in the European Parliament.

In addition, Salvini wants to play a greater role in the co-operation between EU governments, the so-called councils, through new alliances.

Brussels diplomatic circles, therefore, fear Europe could “change for the worse” because of the new power structures after the European elections take place.



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