Italy’s Matteo Salvini will meet the premiers of Hungary and Poland, Viktor Orbán and Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday as they seek to form a new conservative partnership in Brussels.
The trio, whose nations possess considerable Eurosceptic sentiment, will meet in Budapest to discuss a new “political alliance at European level”.
“We are presenting a common charter with common values, purpose and reason,” former Italian deputy prime minister Salvini said in a press conference on Tuesday.
Hungarian Secretary of State for International Communication and Relations Zoltan Kovacs confirmed the “topic of EU level political co-operation between the leaders’ populist parties “will feature prominently on the agenda” at the three-party summit.
Salvini, whose Lega party is currently the largest in the Italian legislature, told reporters the European Union “must find its soul, its backbone” when it everntually begins to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
He revealed his “dream” to unite his current European Parliament party, Identity and Democracy (ID) with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), a move which would form the second largest alliance in the European Parliament and help aid the fight to return Europe to its “original values”.
Salvini indicated this would be the “first stop on his planned tour of European capitals” as he plans to head to Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany to deliver the same message of reform.