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No agreement with League at EU level while in ID-Tajani

No agreement with League at EU level while in ID-Tajani

'If they come out, they can join the ruling majority' - FI chief

ROME, 28 May 2024, 13:51

ANSA English Desk

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Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said Tuesday that it will not be possible for his centre-right post Berlusconi Forza Italia (FI) party to be allies at the EU level with fellow Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini's League while the latter remains in the Identity and Democracy (ID) group, even though they are coalition partners in Italy.
    FI is a member of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who is bidding for a second term at the helm of the EU executive.
    ID includes Marine Le Pen's National Rally (RN).Geert Wilders' Dutch Freedom Party and the Austrian Freedom Party.
    ID members recently expelled the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party after the AfD's EC presidential candidate said that not all the SS were criminals.
    "As long as the League is with ID, nobody will make agreements with them," Tajani said ahead of next month's European elections "In the EPP they don't want to form a government with anti-European forces.
    "The League is different, but it is in that family.
    "'The only alternative coalition to the one with the Socialists (and the EPP) is one with the EPP, the Conservatives and the Liberals.
    "If the League leaves (ID), it could become part of the ruling majority. We would be in favour".
    The Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, led by Premier Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy, includes Spain's Vox, France's Reconquest, Poland's Law and Justice and the Sweden Democrats, while Hungarian strongman and Meloni's friend Viktor Orban is expected to join having left the EPP under a cloud.
    Von der Leyen has said she can work with Meloni, whom she described as pro-European and anti-Putin, but said working with other ECR members would be harder.
    Tajani, on the other hand, is openly calling for the ECR to replace the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) as the EPP's main allies along with the LIberals.
   

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