The head of the European Commission spoke of “instruments” that would allow possible attacks on democracy if a right-wing coalition wins Italian legislative elections.
Italian league leader Matteo SalviniRequest Friday, September 23″Apology or resignation“By Ursula van der Leyen”toolsIf ultra-conservatives win parliamentary elections, Brussels is at liberty to allow possible attacks on the EU’s democratic principles.
“If things go in a difficult direction, I talked about Hungary and Poland, we have the tools“warned the head of the European Commission in response to a question on Sunday’s elections in Italy, for which a right/far-right coalition was declared the favorite in the polls.
“We will see the election result, we also held elections in Sweden», won by the right wing with the support of the far right. “Regardless of the democratically elected government, my approach is that we will work together“, he said during a visit to the American University of Princeton on Thursday evening.
Matteo Salvini, head of the League, the sovereignist party in alliance with the liberal Forza Italia party, and the post-fascist Fratelli d’Italia (Meloni) in the far-right coalition, which has been declared the favourite, reacted strongly on Friday. “What is threat? Shameful arrogance. Honor the vote of the Italian people, free, democratic and sovereign! Everyone has friends, no one has servants“, he wrote on his Twitter account.
“Either she apologizes or she quits“, he told the daily Il Corriere della Sera. A similar echo came from the vice president of Silvio Berlusconi’s party, Forza Italia. Ursula van der Leyen’s reports “An interruptionIn the campaign, Antonio Tajani judged.
A spokesman for Ursula van der Leyen recalled that the Commission was acting on Friday “With any government that emerges from the elections and is willing to work with the European Commission“.
“It is absolutely clear that the President did not interfere in the Italian elections. When he referred to the instruments, he specifically referred to ongoing activities in other EU countries” Eric Mamar said.
The European Commission is at loggerheads with Hungary and Poland, which it accuses of violating the rule of law. Brussels refuses to fund them unless they implement the reforms they demand.
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