Tajani rules out alliance with Afd, Le Pen in EU elections

‘Do not support excluding Salvini’ adds FM of government ally

(ANSA) – ROME, AUG 28 – It is “impossible” to contemplate a majority in Europe that includes the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said on Sunday.
“This is what can realistically happen” in next year’s European elections, Tajani said during an interview at La Piazza, a political event organised by online media outlet AffariItaliani.
“I have been in Europe for 30 years and I think I know better than anyone in Italy what goes on in Brussels,” continued the interim leader of centre-right Forza Italia, who also served as president of the European parliament from 2017 to 2019.
“It is impossible for a majority to be formed in the European institutions that includes the Afd and the party of Ms Le Pen,” Tajani said.
“I do not support excluding Salvini, there is not such a harsh judgement against him,” continued the minister, referring to the leader of right-wing government coalition partner League and deputy premier Matteo Salvini.
“However, the only possible majority on the centre-right is between the people’s parties, the liberals and the conservatives”, he said.
Tajani also said he is “disgusted when a political leader says that disabled children cannot be in the same classroom as others”, referring to the recent proposal by Afd leader, Björn Höcke to create separate schools for children with special needs.
“It disgusts me to hear these things with a Nazi flavour. I believe that there are no superior or inferior beings.

I will never enter into an alliance with them,” he said. (ANSA).