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09.11.2018 | Italy fights back: Salvini warns Merkel eurosceptics will be true saviours of Europe
Source - The Daily Express

Speaking on Italian channel La7, the die-hard eurosceptic argued those branded as "populists" and "nationalists" will bring European true values back to life at the next European elections. Italy's Interior Minister claimed others like him in France, Germany, Belgium and Holland dream of a European Union run differently from that of the likes of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mr Salvini said: “Those who are branded eurosceptic, nationalist, populist and selfish, will be the saviours of Europe. “They lost touch with the right to life, the right to health, the right to have a family, the right to education. “In France, Belgium, Germany and Holland, there are people who dream of a Europe different from the one Merkel wants.” The European election is already being billed as a major battle between centrist-leaning, pro-EU parties and far-right, populist groups that want to stop mass immigration. On Monday, Mr Salvini accused French president Emmanuel Macron of trying to manipulate public opinion ahead of next May’s European Parliament election by depicting him as a “bogeyman”. “Macron and his friends must be very afraid… Because in 2019, the People’s Spring will sweep them aside,” Mr Salvini tweeted shortly after the French government published a campaign video warning voters against the likes of the Italian conservative and his Hungarian ally Viktor Orban. “The French government has released – using taxpayers’ money – an official campaign video for the European elections in which they have depicted me as a bogeyman,” he continued. The video clip, which was published on the French government’s official Twitter account on October 26, urges the French to vote for “unity” in the crunch May vote, and reject politics of “division”. The video tells voters they will have to choose between climate change “action or denial,” European “unity or division,” and immigration “control or denial”. Images of migrants being saved from drowning and natural disasters are juxtaposed with short clips of Mr Salvini and Mr Orban – fierce eurosceptics – haranguing the crowds, while ominous music plays in the background. The European election is shaping up to be a battle between centrist, pro-Europe parties like Mr Macron’s LREM and far-right populist parties that want to stop immigration like Mr Salvini’s League. National and regional elections across Europe, most recently in Germany, have seen a surge in support for the far-right, at the expense of the traditional centre-right conservative and centre-left social democrat parties, sparking fears eurosceptics could greatly expand their power in the European Parliament next May.


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