Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has used a visit to Poland to strengthen the alliance between him and the Eurosceptic Polish government, insisting that the two countries will spearhead a “new spring” in the continent.
With a potential alliance on the cards ahead of this year’s European Elections, Salvini said: “Poland and Italy will be part of the new spring of Europe, the renaissance of European values”. He was speaking at a press conference alongside Poland’s Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski, who pushed for the meeting.
Salvini was clear that he thinks Italy and Poland can lead the way: “We are preparing a new equilibrium and new energy in Europe and Poland and Italy, absolutely, will lead this new European spring,” he said whilst highlighting the dominance of a “French-German axis”.
Referring to the aftermath of the forthcoming elections to the EU Parliament, Salvini added: “The Europe that will come to form in June will lead us all rather than the one that exists today and is run by bureaucrats.”
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