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Salvini, Berlusconi take on Brussels – English

(ANSA) – ROME, Sept 23 – Matteo Salvini and his center-right coalition partner Silvio Berlusconi on Friday accused European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen of alleged interference in Sunday’s elections So clashed with Brussels after the league leaders asked. Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to invade Ukraine and replace President Volodymyr Zelensky with “decent people” in an eloquent “joint comment”.

Salvini says he will treat Italy like Hungary or Poland if the allies and allies of the Italian Brotherhood (FdI) predictably win Sunday’s elections, introduce nationalist policies and threaten civil rights. He said his right-wing party would file a complaint against von der Leyen. An EC spokesman said his boss had not interfered in Italy’s elections, while he only mentioned procedures for two other countries.

The EC has repeatedly accused Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party for problems with the rule of law and rights, and has imposed sanctions unless they are fully in line with the EU’s democratic values. I’m here.

The Alliance and the FDI abstained from voting in the European Parliament last week, saying Hungary under Orban was no longer a fully functioning democracy but a tyranny.

Orban is a key ally of two Italian political parties, and Law and Justice is participating in the EP Conservative caucuses chaired by FdI leader Giorgia Meloni, alongside the far-right Spanish party Vox.

Meloni, Italy’s first female prime minister and the most right-wing poised since World War II, has often praised the policies of Orban and his ally Poland.

Chancellor von der Leyen said Thursday that if general elections lead to autocratic, nationalist and euroskeptic changes, “as in Poland and Hungary, we have the means”. But she added, “We are ready to work with any democratic government that is willing to work with us.”

Salvini branded her remarks as despicable and arrogant interference in Italy’s domestic politics.

“It’s a vile threat and an unclaimed intrusion into the field,” said Salvini, who announced a motion to denounce von der Leyen on Friday. He said, “The woman represented all Europeans, her salary was paid by all of us, and it was a disgusting and arrogant threat.

“The league’s EP group files a motion of condemnation”.

“It’s not the Brussels bureaucrats who vote on Sunday, but Italians. If I were the president of the European Commission, I would be (more) concerned about the energy bill,” Salvini added.

He later asked von der Leyen to apologize or resign.

EC spokesman Eric Mummer on Friday denied Salvini’s accusations of meddling in the Italian elections, saying: “President von der Leyen did not interfere in the Italian elections and the proceedings underway in other countries. I think it’s absolutely clear that I didn’t mention the

In response to a question on rights issues at Princeton University, Mammar said von der Leyen said, “The European Commission will work with all governments that show up in the elections and want to work with the European Commission.” I made it very clear,” he said.

“The president sought to explain the Committee’s role as a protector of the treaty, particularly in the area of ​​the rule of law,” he said.

Center-left Democratic Party (PD) leader Enrico Letta was Meloni’s main opponent, claiming that von der Leyen “solved” the case and that she was “not a dangerous communist.” “I’m sure,” he said.

Later on Friday, two league MEPs, Marco Zanni and Marco Campomenosi, chairmen of the ID caucus, submitted questions to the EC about Thursday’s statement by von der Leyen, suggesting that her purported intervention would be against the EC. He asked for clarification as to whether the principle of independence would be undermined.

Meloni, under her leadership, assured Italy’s international partners that Italy would stick to its EU and NATO positions and continue to assist Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression.

But she also expressed Eurosceptic views, denouncing immigrants and alleged homosexuals and awakening lobbies, and pledging to give women alternatives to abortion.

The 45-year-old outspoken, working-class Roman single mother emphasizes her identity as a Christian mother and campaigns under the slogan God, Family and Homeland.

She also supports the “great replacement” theory, which posits the replacement of white citizens by Muslim immigrants.

Although her party has post-fascist roots, she emphasizes that it shares values ​​and policies with the Tories in the UK and Republicans in the US.

European Commission spokesman Eric Mämmer said Friday about Berlusconi’s allegations that Putin was forced into a war in Ukraine by the Russian people and media and expected to replace the Zelensky government with “decent people”. said the EC did not comment.

Peter Stano, the EU’s foreign affairs spokesman, nodded with an eloquent smile after Mama’s remarks.

Berlusconi, the former prime minister and three-time leader of the center-right Forza Italia (FI) party, told Italian television on Thursday that Putin had been accused by pro-Russian separatists in Donbass, the Russian media and the people of his neighbor of the country. He said that he was driven to the war of

He, a billionaire media mogul and old friend of Putin who denounced the war, told Porta-a-Porta that the separatists had come to Moscow, that the Ukrainian attack had killed 16,000, and that Putin He told the media that he did nothing to protect them.

“President Putin was inspired by the Russian people, his party and his ministers to devise this special operation,” said the 86-year-old mogul-turned-politician.

“Thus, the army was supposed to enter, arrive in Kyiv in a week, replace the Zelensky regime with decent people, and return in a week.

“Instead, they found unexpected resistance, supplied by all manner of weapons from the West.

PD leader Letta said on Friday that Berlusconi’s comments were “scandalous and very serious” and that “Putin please”, adding that “the army should be used to install decent people”. ” he said.

“Yesterday Berlusconi separated us from all sorts of European and Euro-Atlantic alliances. I spoke like one of the generals.”

Berlusconi said “my words are simplified” and taken out of context, and that the center-right coalition stood firm “with the EU and NATO”. (ANSA).

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