Speaking at a press conference in the early hours of Monday, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister hailed the results of the European elections in Italy, France and the UK. The die-hard eurosceptic leader toppled the polls with his party the League at 34 percent, joining the list of eurosceptic parties across the continent who came first. Matteo Salvini hinted at a renewed cooperation with Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen as the British and French leaders enjoyed a huge surge in support in their respective countries.
Mr Salvini said: “Not only is the League the first party in Italy, but Marine Le Pen also is the first party in France, and Nigel Farage is the first party in the UK.
“Therefore, Italy, France, UK. This is the sign of a Europe that is changing.
“A Europe that is tired of being the slave of strong powers, of the elite, of the financial companies and corporations.
“As of tomorrow, our workload will double.”
Italy, France, UK. This is the sign of a Europe that is changing
Far-right parties also made big gains in Sweden and Spain, while eurosceptic populists won the most votes in Poland and Hungary.
Green parties, standing on an environmentalist and sometimes anti-capitalist platforms, also surged across Europe.
Meanwhile, the main centre-right and centre-left groups in the European Parliament, which back the EU, suffered significant losses.
For the first time, combined, they will be unable to control a Parliamentary majority.
With the Brexit Party making spectacular gains in the UK this will make the European parliament harder to control for the next EU Commissioner.
In France, the National Rally, formerly Front National, pushed President Macron’s liberal party into second place.
Reacting to the news Ms Le Pen called for fresh national assembly elections.
She said President Macron “must assume the consequences since he put his personal credit in the balance by making this a referendum on his policies and his person.
“He has no choice but to dissolve the National Assembly and chose a more democratic electoral system that would be more representative of opinion.”
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