Identity and Democracy (ID) is not a
black anti-EU building site but a blue wave hoping to reform the
bloc, Deputy Premier, Transport Minister and League leader
Matteo Salvini told a 'Free Europe' rally of the rightwing
group's 14 members in Florence on Sunday.
"Today (here) there is the top party in France, the Netherlands, Austria, and Belgium, the second party in Germany and an Italian government party," Salvini told the ID rally hosted by the League in the Tuscan capital.
"We aren't a black building site, on the contrary, there is a blue wave.
"The data tell us that today we are the fourth biggest political force at the European Parliament.
"The objective is to get into third place, to become decisive.
"WE are offering our contribution (to reform)".
Salvini added that ID would grow further; that its idea was a Europe based on work, and that the Italian government was not called into question because its constituent parties had different allies in Europe.
Among the parties allied with the League are Marine Le Pen's Naional Rally, Geert Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) and Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Most of the leaders are present in Florence apart from Wilders who is too busy with government formation efforts after the anti-Islami PVV came top in the recent Dutch elections.
ID is an alliance of nationalist, right-wing populist and eurosceptic European political parties founded in 2014.
The party has been described as both right-wing and far-right.
It also includes Danish, Flemish, Estonian and Czech members, among others.
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