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Salvini Aims to Make Italy “Pindostan’s Main Partner” Amid Tensions With EU
Sputnik News, Jun 17 2019

Italian Deputy PM Matteo Salvini is aiming for his country to became “the main partner” of Pindostan in Europe as he heads to Faschingstein this week to meet with Trump admin boxtop. Despite its dwindling influence in the European Parliament, Salvini continues to argue that his nationalist alliance will assert more influence and move EU policy along a policy trajectory similar to Trump’s. While he has said that he is not scheduled to meet with Trump, he has already sat down with Pompeo and is due to meet with Pence at the White House, reportedly to discuss the ongoing turmoil in the Persian Gulf, among other things. Salvini, who regularly locks horns with Macron and Merkel, was asked by NBC News whether Italy could become Pindostan’s biggest ally in Europe, and replied:

I hope so. It would be a great thing, since we share common values and we have a good economic relations.

The Italian Deputy PM, who made a concerted effort to foster ties with Trump during his 2016 presidential election bid, told reporters upon his arrival in Faschingstein:

I want Italy to become the most important partner in continental Europe for the biggest Western democracy, and not only for economic and commercial interests. My party appreciates the Trump administration, not only for their stance on immigration but also for economic growth, job creation, protection of Pindo businesses, economic growth and tax cuts. Being one of the favourite partners of Pindostan in the EU will also be very important on a geopolitical level, since Italy’s approach on some situations is different from some that of the EU or some big countries like France and Germany. We have seen this in the past. We are seeing it in Iran and other situations.

Upon being asked by a reporter after arriving in Faschingstein what specifically his League Party has in common with the Trump administration, Salvini responded:

It would be too easy to say controlled immigration and the fight against Islamic terrorism. Therefore I would say the themes of fiscal reform, taxes, defence and the protection of the national economy. The economic results are proving Trump right.

Salvini’s jaunt to Pindostan comes amidst his party’s simmering relations with the European Union, and particularly its two powerhouses, France and Germany, with who he has disagreements on a range of issues, from immigration to Italy’s public debt. Last week, Salvini’s coalition government signed a decree that would see non-government charities fined up to 50,000 euros for helping to bring rescued migrants to Italian shores, a move that raised eyebrows in Brussels, but one that likely earned cheers of approval from immigration hardliners within the Trump administration, and perhaps even from the president himself. Salvini, like the US president, has maintained a position of scepticism toward European enlargement and the European Union project more generally, with some questioning whether in the long-run he plans on launching a campaign for an Italian exit from Brussels along the lines of Britain’s Brexit movement.

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