Europe’s far-right parties gathered on Sunday, vowing to transform the European Union after next year’s European Parliament elections. Politicians want a tougher approach to immigration and a relaxation of climate policy to protect industry and jobs.
– Our goal is to become the third largest group in the EU parliament after the center-right and socialists. We want to play a key role, said the Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salviniwho hosted the conference.
They didn’t agree on everything
The far-right group Identity and Democracy is currently the sixth largest in the EU assembly. However, polls currently place it in fourth place.
Speaking via video link at a conference in Florence, Wilders expressed hope that his success, “a political earthquake for the Netherlands and Europe”, could be “the beginning of a wave of country election victories for like-minded allies.”
Wilders called Salvini an inspiration and his “Italian number one friend.”
Jordan Barella, chairman of the National Unity Party Marine Le Penwon applause by speaking in Italian and claiming that Europe could become a “five-star hostel for Africa.”
There was less agreement on other issues. Wilders condemned excessive public spending, Salvini complained about the principles of budget discipline euro zoneand the German and Austrian far right – as Reuters writes – broke ranks regarding the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Hamas conflicts.
– In our opinion, the support we are giving to Ukraine is inappropriate and it is inappropriate to support Israel’s war against the Palestinians, said Harald Vilimsky from the Austrian Freedom Party.
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