Italy’s Deputy Premier, Interior Minister and League leader Matteo Salvini called for Turkey’s application to join the EU to be definitively rejected as he met with the heads of other European right-wing parties in Milan.
“Turkey is not in Europe and it never will be”, Salvini told a press conference at the gathering titled “Towards a Common Sense Europe, Peoples Rise Up”.
“The news is that we are expanding the [eurosceptic]family, we are working for a new European dream. Today for many citizens and for many people Europe represents a nightmare and not a dream”, said Salvini, speaking alongside Alternative for Germany (AfD) leader Joerg Methuen.
The Danish People’s Party and the Finns Party of Finland also attended the Italian event, titled ‘Towards a Common Sense Europe, Peoples Rise Up’. France’s National Rally (RN) and Austria’s populist Freedom Party (FPO) confirmed they too plan to be part of the new grouping.
“We aim to win [EU Parliament elections] and change Europe… We are working for the future of our children”, Salvini told the conference, adding that the EU “makes sense if it recognizes identity and culture, rather than the nightmare if it were to look only towards business and finance”.
He also dismissed claims from globalist politicians and the media branding patriotic parties in Europe that wish to preserve their culture as dangerous extremists, telling reporters at the event: “The dangers are not in the past, as neither fascism nor communism will return.”
“Islamic extremism is the danger [now]”, he said, before stating that Turkey “will never enter [Europe] under our watch. Never”.
“The EU chooses to pursue sanctions against Hungary and Poland while giving billions [of euros]to Turkey. The path to accession should not be suspended, but instead definitively cancelled”, he added, stressing that the majority-Muslim country “has nothing to do with Europe”.
Voice of Europe