The candidate of the People’s Party in the general election, Alberto Núñez Figo, today showed his approach to the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni. In an interview published on Friday in the newspaper Corriere della Serathe popular president asserts that it would be desirable for the EU leader of the Brotherhood of Italy to join the European People’s Party (EPP), a statement that follows the methods taken by the Italian prime minister towards the masses to make an alliance with the European group she chairs, the Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), of which Vox is a part.
When asked if he would support Meloni joining the EPP, Figo confirmed that he would “depend on Ms. Meloni’s position”, but said he was convinced that, according to Antonio Tajani, Italian deputy prime minister, foreign minister and leader of Forza Italia (member of PPE), Meloni’s positions matter today to them “much less compared to the moment when she was elected to the government”. However, the decisions of each country must always be respected and its voters respected. With the Italians we have always had perfect relations in our situations, “he points out.
Later, when asked if it would be desirable for EU Meloni to become part of the European People’s Party, the populist leader replied: “Without a doubt.” Regarding the relations he hopes to establish with Meloni, Figo assured that they will be “correct and fruitful” and stressed that the Italian Prime Minister “will be able to make greater contacts with PPE in the future”.
Feijóo follows in the footsteps of EPP President Manfred Weber, who blessed the government alliance formed in Italy between the Brotherhood of Italy, Forza Italia and Matteo Salvini’s League. Meloni’s dream is to translate this agreement at the European level so that her group, ECR, can play a decisive role after the next European elections in 2024. The leader of the far right has been courting the people for months, hoping that this community election will lead to a new conservatism and displace the Socialists in the majority elected by the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
For this reason, Meloni is very attentive to what result Vox could get on Sunday, and also to what might happen in the elections scheduled for fall in Poland, where his allies in Law and Justice will rule. Last week, Santiago Abascal wrapped up a campaign rally by posting a video betting on a “national conservative” alternative in Spain in which Fox would be the “protagonist”. “The time for the patriots has come,” he declared, citing examples from Italy, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic.