Polish PM thanks nationalist Brothers of Italy party for anti-Putin stance

Brothers of Italy is “now starting a long journey that will bring the Conservatives into government,” said Meloni, looking ahead to the parliamentary elections in 2023. She added that her party would try to govern “either with the centre-right or alone.”  [EPA-EFE/FABIO FRUSTACI]

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of the Law and Justice Party (PiS) thanked Georgia Meloni’s nationalist Brothers of Italy party for taking a clear stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin during and before his invasion of Ukraine – marking a clear divide from the more Kremlin-friendly parties of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz.

In his video message aired during a party congress of the Brothers of Italy in Milan on Sunday (1 May), Morawiecki also stressed the “good relations” his party has with the Brothers of Italy and said that “a Europe of homelands is our common goal”.

During the party congress, party leader Meloni also gave an ultimatum to centre-right allies Lega and Forza Italia and spelt out her party’s positioning in Europe.

Brothers of Italy is “now starting a long journey that will bring the Conservatives into government,” said Meloni, looking ahead to the parliamentary elections in 2023. She added that her party would try to govern “either with the centre-right or alone.”

However, the construction of a new right-wing European alliance seems to be fading away.

On 21 April, Lega leader Matteo Salvini met with Orbán in Rome to discuss the idea of a united “European centre-right” but not much has been heard since.

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