Italian Northern League leader Matteo Salvini will meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday in Budapest to discuss a “political alliance at European level” between their respective political parties, the Hungarian government wrote in a press release on Tuesday.
“The agenda of the meeting provides for a political alliance at European level between the League, Law and Justice (PiS) led by Morawiecki and Fidesz and Orbàn’s conservative party which has recently left the EPP group to the European Parliament,” the statement reads.
Salvini confirmed his trip in a meeting with the foreign press on Tuesday, the Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet reported. The meeting, he said, will be dedicated to relaunching Europe after the pandemic, which offers the possibility of creating a “different and real” Europe and a European Union with “a new role, a new meaning”, because it “cannot be a mere supermarket or a business centre”.
In Budapest, the trio will discuss “the vision of the future of Europe, dealing with work, prosperity, security, identity, family, education, defence, migration, foreign policy, health cooperation, and the real lives of our citizens,” said Salvini, adding that at the end of the meeting a document with common objectives and values will be presented.
However, Salvini said that “no joint party group will be formed” between his party, Fidesz and PiS. Regarding rumours about an EPP membership, Salvini said it was not on the League’s agenda.
According to the Italian far-right leader, the dream would be to unite the European families of Identity and Democracy – which includes his party, League – with the Conservatives and Reformists to create the second-largest faction in the European Parliament, which “would make Europe great again, returning to its original values”.
The meeting in Budapest could even give rise to a new European political group.
(Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)