Germany’s AfD joins Italy’s League in new populist coalition

Italy’s Matteo Salvini has formally launched his much-anticipated bid to unite European far-right parties ahead of EU elections in May. “We want to reform Europe,” he declared during a press conference at a swanky hotel in central Milan. “For many people, the EU is a nightmare, not a dream,” said the Italian interior minister and deputy prime minister.

Salvini has teamed up with Germany’s right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, whose leader and currently the group’s only MEP, Jörg Meuthen was by his side. Also at the table were representatives from the Danish People’s Party and the Finns Party of Finland, who are for now the only other confirmed members.

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