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Italy’s Salvini meets and greets Polish leaders, but differences over Russia could stand in the way of true friendship.11 January 2019
He called for “a new Europe.”
“I’d like to create a pact, an alliance for everyone who wants to save Europe, the more of us, the better,” The Independent quotes him as saying.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki earlier said he and Salvini “are on the same page with regards to many European matters.”
Joining forces with Salvini’s League could make sense for Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party.
PiS is a founding member of the European Conservatives and Reformists bloc in the European Parliament. Although they are the third-largest grouping in the parliament, the impending departure of the UK’s Conservatives after Brexit means fresh blood is needed, Politico writes.
Cooperation may only go so far, however, Politico goes on. Both parties want to dismantle the EU’s untidy migration policy, but while Salvini wants northern countries to accept some of its hundreds of thousands of migrants, PiS resolutely opposes migration from outside Europe in principle.
PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is also “vulnerable to opposition attacks over Salvini's open support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a problem in generally anti-Russia Poland,” Politico says.
A commentator for leading Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, Michal Szuldrzynski, said Salvini may have received a less than warm welcome from the PiS leader.
“Kaczynski showed that he doesn’t want to be a part of a euroskeptic alliance under the patronage of the Kremlin,” Szuldrzynski wrote yesterday, The Associated Press reports.
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