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Italy’s Berlusconi wants EPP to form alliance with far right

Italy’s Berlusconi wants EPP to form alliance with far right

The European People’s Party (EPP) is an optimal partner for far right to form the alliance, said Silvio Berlusconi, a veteran Italian politician. 

Italy’s former prime minister believes ‘even Orbán and Salvini can enter this alliance,’ commenting on the perspectives of the European future, Politico reported. The EPP is the EU’s dominant center-right bloc, and Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party is EPP’s member.

On the eve of the EU elections, Silvio Berlusconi has joined Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán in calling on Europe’s conservatives to form an alliance with the far right.

After the successful surgery he underwent last week, the media mogul continues to run for a seat in European Parliament election for Forza Italia.

Berlusconi’s Forza Italia would form the alliance with EPP

Forza Italia is on track to win seven of Italy’s 73 seats in the European Parliament, down from 13 seats in the last election in 2014. On Thursday night, Mr Berlusconi gave a TV interview, in which he noted that EPP should abandon its long-standing informal coalition with the center-left Socialists and Democrats, the Parliament’s second-largest bloc.

“I am convinced that even Orbán and [Matteo] Salvini” — the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the far-right League party — “can enter this alliance to transform Europe into a Europe for growth,” the former Italy’s PM tweeted later.