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25 February 2019

EurActiv: Italy’s far-right hopes to form new broad Conservative alliance in Europe

Italy’s far-right party Fratelli d’Italia has joined the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE), with the aim of forming a broad right-wing alliance in the next European Parliament following the EU elections in May.

The aim of Fratelli d’Italia is to convince the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) to ditch its ‘grand coalition’ with pro-EU socialists and liberals in the European Parliament and form a new right-wing alliance after the May EU elections.

Fratelli d’Italia (FDI, Brothers of Italy) made its official debut as a new party in the European conservative family on Friday (22 February) at ACRE’s congress in Rome, suggesting it will join the European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) parliamentary group in the Parliament’s next legislature.

According to the first projections of seats made by the European Parliament, the FDI is expected to win 4 seats, while the ECR is expected to slip from 75 to 51 seats because Brexit will take the UK Tories out of the parliamentary group.

ACRE’s President and ECR’s spitzenkandidat Jan Zahradil welcomed FDI into the conservative family, saying that it is an ideal partner and that its likely electoral success will give the ECR the strength to change the Union and give greater power to the member states. [...]

Full article on EurActiv


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