- In preparation for the European elections in 2024, Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen showed unity at a rally.
- The head of the Italian League party and the leader of the National Rally faction in France met in Pontida, northern Italy.
- Salvini’s anti-immigrant party celebrates its traditional festival there.
“This year, we are committed to the same fight, our freedoms, our people, our countries,” Le Pen chanted in front of thousands of League supporters. She added, “We defend our traditions, our gastronomy, our identities, our landscapes… We defend our peoples from the flood of migrants,” referring to the arrival of thousands of refugees this week on the Italian island of Lampedusa. .
Le Pen also spoke of her “Declaration of the Rights of Nations and Peoples” to protect herself against “abuses of power by supranational organizations or commercial structures”, which she had presented the previous day in France.
A short analysis from the Italian SRF correspondent
Peter Vogeli, SRF’s correspondent in Italy, wrote about the day’s events: “Almost ten years ago, in October 2013, nearly 600 people and more than 60 children drowned in boating accidents in the Mediterranean. That was the moment when eyes finally opened.” In the north of the Alps, in the rest of Europe, in Brussels, and also in Switzerland. We have not made much progress in solving the problem today. Italy could have done more. But Italy cannot solve the problem alone. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s proposals are moving forward In the right direction: tougher controls on illegal migration and humanitarian corridors for legal migration. But are EU member states willing and able to act now, ten years on?
The second question of the day was: Will the Italian government stand? Matteo Salvini, a minister in Meloni’s government and at the same time its worst enemy, gave the answer himself at the big LaLiga event in Pontida, near Bergamo: It’s true. But this is just a snapshot. Because Salvini asks himself this question every day. He only cares about his strength. There is always some kind of election campaign going on in Italy. But after a year in power, the Meloni government is much more stable than many people give it credit for.”
For his part, Salvini praised his guest and also directed his words against the French president: “If we in Europe have to choose between Macron and Marine Le Pen, I have no doubt. Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia Meloni’s right-wing government said: “Marine Le Pen forever.”
Regarding the large number of migrants currently arriving in his country, Salvini said that Italy will do “everything that is democratically permitted” and will use “all necessary means” to “prevent the invasion.”
At the national political level, Marine Le Pen is in opposition, while Matteo Salvini is part of the far-right ruling coalition led by Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Fratelli d’Italia (FDI) party.
The goal of Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini is to succeed in the European elections scheduled for June 9, for which Matteo Salvini has tried to move the National Alliance to the European level – a proposal supported by his allies in government (FDI and Forza Italia, FI). It was strongly rejected.
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