Italy’s Lega party is not considering forming a common group in the European Parliament with the 5-Star Movement, its ruling coalition partner in the Italian government.
“I’m not thinking about a single group,” Lega leader Matteo Salvini said in an interview with Italy’s Radio RTL on February 20
Salvini was clarifying his position following an interview that was published on the same day as the interview, in which he was cited as saying that the 5-Star Movement would be “welcome” to join “a group with all of the European nationalists.”
Those sentiments were repeated by members of 5-Star, including the Movement’s leader in the Senate, Stefano Paganelli, who said, “A combined Lega-5 Star group at the European Parliament is not on the horizon.”
Lega, or the League as the party is known in English, is currently the Italian government’s junior coalition partner, but the latest polling suggests that they are now the leading political force in Italy, with Salvini as the country’s most popular politician.
Ahead of European Parliament elections on May 26, Lega is remaining loyal to its traditional political allies in Europe, which include Marine Le Pen’s French National Rally and Geert Wilders’ Dutch Party for Freedom. However, there have been consultations for the consolidation of all of the Eurosceptic political factions across Europe, which would be led by Salvini.