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“I'm in contact with the Poles and Hungarians”: Salvini wants to found a new EU parliamentary group

ROME. Lega boss Matteo Salvini wants to found a new parliamentary group in the EU Parliament. "We are working on the creation of a new European group, I am in contact with the Poles and Hungarians," said the former Italian interior minister on Tuesday in an interview with journalist Annalisa Chirico. With this, Salvini alluded to the Polish ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) and the Hungarian Fidesz of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The PiS is currently a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (EKR) parliamentary group. The Citizens Association Fidesz belongs to the European People's Party, but has been suspended. Last week, the Fidesz representatives also left the EPP Group .

According to information from Junge Freiheit, the Lega, which has three ministers in Prime Minister Mario Draghi's new Italian cabinet, had also pursued a different strategy. Accordingly, there had been talks with the CDU about joining the EPP, among other things. Above all, this could have become concrete if the EPP threw Fidesz out of the group. Rumors that the Lega wants to leave its current faction Identity and Democracy (ID) have been around for weeks. The ID also includes the AfD, the FPÖ, the Vlaams Belang and the French Rassemblement National.

"Accession to the EPP is not on the agenda"
However, Salvini made it clear on Tuesday: “Accession to the EPP is not on the agenda. Something new is needed. ”Shortly after the announcement of the resignation of the Fidesz MPs from the EPP group, the chairman of the ID group, Marco Zanni (Lega), offered Fidesz to join the ID in an interview on Friday.

“We have had a constant dialogue with Fidesz for years and Salvini has an excellent personal relationship with Orban. We can work together to defend Europe's Christian roots, its borders, its identity,” Zanni told Formiche magazine. When asked about the Lega's possible accession to the ECR parliamentary group, he replied: “We already have a large group, our aim is to build a common programmatic platform. To create an alternative to the EPP, which has now moved to the left."

Source: Junge Freiheit
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