According to a Frères d’Italie MEP, the CRE and ID factions will not merge
There is no question that the European Conservatives and Reformists (CRE) will form a large right-wing group with the far-right Identity and Democracy (ID) party after Italy’s elections, Italian Brothers MEP Nicola Procaccini told a EURACTIV Italy interview.
After the Italian elections on September 25 and a possible cooperation between these parties, rumors have been circulating that this could also lead to the formation of a right-wing group in the European Parliament.
«At the moment this possibility does not existsaid Nicola Procaccini, MEP for the Brothers of Italy.
Coalition partners in the next Italian government are likely to be the ECR-affiliated Brothers of Italy and Matteo Salvini’s League, which is affiliated with the far-right Identity and Democracy (ID) group.
«There are many differences that used to set us apart and still exist today.” explained M. Procaccini.
The war in Ukraine highlighted some of these differences, as the CRE strongly supported sanctions against Russia, while many members of the ID group, including Matteo Salvini’s League, openly opposed it.
Mixed feelings about Viktor Orbán
However, the case of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán raises mixed feelings.
«Viktor Orbán’s position on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is clearly one that complicates the eventual entry of his Fidesz party into the CREsaid the Italian conservative MEP.
Future Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni made it clear on several occasions that Italy would support Ukraine against Russian aggression, which Mr Procaccini repeated.
«We firmly believe that sanctions are necessary. Ugly, despicable, harmful to all, but necessary nonetheless.»
However, the brothers of Italy and Fidesz have one point in common: the vision of the rule of law.
The CRE, together with the ID, voted against the Commission’s proposal to uphold the rule of law in Hungary.
«We believe that the allegation of violation of the rule of law, which was not even justified in the document that we voted on in the European Parliament, is completely instrumental” explained M. Procaccini.
Nicola Procaccini claimed that Article 7 – the so-called “nuclear optionwhich describes the procedures for suspending certain rights of a member state in the event of a violation of EU values - has been interpreted in a in recent yearsangry political senseand that it will be used to assess the political agenda of Member States.
«It’s a perversion of the left. Italy’s EU lawmakers say governments are elected on the basis of specific electoral programs and then have every right to implement themeven if they are conservative.
«Paradoxically, today it is those who want to defend the founding treaties of the European Union, we the conservatives, we of the European centre-right“, he added.
What does pro-Europe mean?
Referring to a statement by the leader of the European People’s Party (EPP), Manfred Weber, who called on Italians ahead of the elections to vote centre-right to “to guaranteethat Ms Meloni’s coalition is pro-European, stressed Mr Procaccini: “It is important to understand what “pro-Europe” means for everyone».
«We are certainly not anti-European, but neither do we accept this pro-European view of the Italian left, according to which the national interest should systematically give way to the common European interest.‘ he explained.
He explained that the brothers in Italy believe that the national interest “strengthenedby the EU, which should deal with the big problems that Member States alone cannot successfully tackle.
One of these issues is energy, for which uniform solutions should be found at EU level and not to act like Germany, which is opposed to an EU-wide gas price cap and is acting more autonomously.
«Germany acts with complete sovereignty without worrying about the identity of the European Union» concluded Nicola Procaccini.
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