Left Menu
Development News Edition

Looking to moderate image, Italy's Salvini says his League party isn't far right

Reuters | Rome | Updated: 13-02-2020 21:16 IST | Created: 13-02-2020 21:06 IST
Looking to moderate image, Italy's Salvini says his League party isn't far right
File photo Image Credit: Twitter (@matteosalvinimi)

Italy's Matteo Salvini denied on Thursday that his League party is a far-right group, instead portraying it as a moderate force that wants to broaden its appeal to metropolitan voters who have previously shunned it. The anti-immigration League is allied to nationalist groups in Europe, such as Austria's Freedom Party and France's National Rally, but after a recent election setback, Salvini looks keen to moderate his image at home.

"We are not the radical right. We don't have ambitions to be presented as the radical right in Italy," said Salvini, who quit the government last year and is the de facto opposition leader. "One in three Italians vote for the League, so it is clear that the party needs to talk to everybody, not just the radical right," he told a group of foreign reporters.

While the League remains Italy's most popular party, with support hovering around 30%, its nationalist ally the Brothers of Italy (FDI) has seen its own backing surge this past year to some 12% from around 4%. Italian newspapers have reported that Salvini is concerned by the strong showing of FDI and its leader Giorgia Meloni, but he denied this on Thursday, saying all his partners need to grow if the right wants to win the next parliamentary election.

The Salvini-led center-right bloc lost a regional ballot last month in the wealthy Emilia Romagna region, a leftist stronghold, dashing his hopes of a historic triumph that could have triggered the downfall of Italy's fragile coalition government. Salvini blamed the loss on the League's poor showing in the main city Bologna -- an electoral weakness that has hurt the party before.

"Clearly there is a message that needs to be calibrated differently (in the cities)," said Salvini, comparing the League's problem to that of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has scored badly in larger urban areas. Salvini has struggled to find his political touch this year and he had a setback on Wednesday when parliament voted to lift his judicial immunity, a move that could lead to him being charged with illegally detaining migrants at sea.

He said he planned to visit a number of countries in the coming weeks to strengthen his party's foreign credentials. Salvini is well known within the European Union for his repeated attacks on the 27-nation bloc, but on Thursday, he conceded the EU has its good points, saying it carries much more clout than individual states in delicate negotiations.

During his 14-month stint as interior minister, Salvini sought to strike deals with a number of African countries on returning migrants. However, he said he would have achieved much more if he had involved the whole European Union.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Workforce has embraced remote working and hyperlocal coworking spaces: GoFloaters CEO & COO

GoFloaters pay-as-you-use service with flexible plans is the best-suited model for on-the-go workforce segment, say Shyam Sundar Nagarajan, CEO, and Srivatsan Padmanabhan, COO....

'Diya jalao' for COVID 19: Modi needs to practice his teachings and control fake news on social media

In his video message to the nation on Friday the Prime Minister talks about peoples collective power to win the invincible. However, he has made no concreate efforts to win over the confidence and represent the collective power of the polit...

Tourism post-COVID 19: Lessons learned, out-of-box strategies to ensure the revival

In the pre-COVID 19 period the tourism industry was seen with much hope throughout the world. However, the COVID 19 pandemic has completely paralysed the tourism industry and its dependent sectors. The tourism industry in the post-COVID 19 ...

Cybersecurity post-COVID 19: More internet means more threats, stay alert folks!

When supported by adequate digital awareness campaigns and more crackdowns on cybercrimes, increased internet usage will help more people embrace technology and better understand the risks, bringing us closer to unleashing the true potentia...

Videos

Latest News

Elected representatives have important role in containing spread of coronavirus: Lok Sabha Speaker

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Friday spoke to presiding officers of legislative assemblies over phone and discussed the prevailing COVID-19 crisis. He emphasized that the role of peoples representatives in containing the infection is import...

India to take part in WHO's 'solidarity trial', says ICMR

India will participate in the World Health Organisations WHO multi-country solidarity trial for developing potential treatments and drugs for COVID-19, the Indian Council of Medical Research ICMR said on Friday. ICMR will collaborate with W...

As Africa locks down, some deliveries of aid are threatened

More than half of Africas 54 countries have closed their land, air and sea borders to fight the spread of the coronavirus, authorities said Friday, but fears are growing that the restrictions are delaying deliveries of critical aid. African...

3 from UP among 4 new COVID-19 patients in Assam, cases rise to 20

Three persons from Uttar Pradesh were among the four who tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 20, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. All the patients are linked to a religi...

Give Feedback