Salvini To Forge Alliance With Budapest Before European Elections

Recently, Interior Minister of Italy and head of the League party, Matteo Salvini met with Hungary’s House Speaker Laszlo Kover.

According to Kover, illegal migration and the future of Europe were the key topics of their talks with special regard on “whether it is better to help families or promote immigration and replace the population”.

Kover assured that Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz sees its future in the European People’s Party (EPP) and that Salvini’s league party intends to stay partners and allies with Fidesz. 

He also clarified that Fidesz is not planning to leave EPP but shares Salvini’s position that the EPP should be more open to political forces on both sides of the spectrum: the Left and the Right.

The house speaker also praised Salvini’s successful efforts on stopping illegal migrants at sea and mentioned that Hungary demonstrated that migration can be prevented on land too.

Kover mentioned that Hungary’s interior minister, Sandor Pinter invited Salvini to visit. Hungarian media reported that Salvini is planning to visit Budapest at the end of April before the European elections.

Kover met with Maria Elisabetta, Alberta Casellati, president of the Senate and Roberto Fico, speaker of the House of Representatives, to establish ways to solidify ties between the parliaments of Hungary and Italy.

During their talks, Kover asked Fico, a member of the leftist Five Star Movement to support plans concerning the EU’s next budget structured to avoid cuts to the community’s structural funds and common agricultural policy financing.

Kover also had talks with Senator Maurizio Gasparri, delegated by Forza Italia, the head of the Senate’s immunity committee.

The Austrian daily Die Presse reported that Salvini’s League party is looking forward to Fidesz joining the new European cooperation ahead of the European Parliamentary election.

Fidesz’ position at the moment is to gauge where the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is heading with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at the helm. If she turns out to be more conservative than Angela Merkel, relations between Fidesz and CDU will improve.

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