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Italy’s right-wing leader wants to unite national movements across Europe

Matteo Salvini said he wants to broaden populist movements to counter European Union agendas.

The leader of the right-wing party in Italy’s populist coalition government has said he envisions uniting efforts in several countries to ensure national interests are not eclipsed by European Union agendas.

Interior minister Matteo Salvini told tens of thousands of supporters at his League party’s annual rally in northern Italy that he wants to broaden the political movement he already transformed from a regional force into a national power.

Opinion polls indicate the League is now Italy’s most popular party.

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The League leader poses for photos with supporters (AP)

Mr Salvini also promised to turn next year’s European Parliament election into a “referendum on the elite, the banks, finance, immigration and job security”.

The League leader has a good relationship with French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and former Ukip chief Nigel Farage.

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