Salvini demands an apology or the resignation of von der Leyen

The President of the European Commission spoke of “instruments” to sanction possible attacks on democracy in the event of victory of the right-wing coalition in the Italian legislative elections.

The Italian leader of the League Matteo Salvini, demanded on Friday September 23 “an apology or resignationby Ursula von der Leyen who spoke of “instrumentsat the disposal of Brussels to sanction possible attacks on the democratic principles of the EU, in the event of victory of the ultra-conservatives in the legislative elections.

«If things go in a difficult direction, I talked about Hungary and Poland, we have instruments“Warned the President of the European Commission in response to a question on Sunday’s elections in Italy for which a right/extreme right coalition is announced as the favorite in the polls.

“Shameful arrogance”

«We will see the result of the elections, we also just had elections in Sweden», Won by the right with the support of the extreme right. “My approach is that regardless of the democratically elected government, we work together“, she said during a visit Thursday evening to the American University of Princeton.

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the League, a sovereignist party allied with the liberal Forza Italia party and the post-fascist Fratelli d’Italia (Meloni) party in this right-wing coalition announced as the favorite, replied strongly on Friday. “What is a threat? Shameful arrogance. Respect the vote, free, democratic and sovereign of the Italian people! Friends of all, servants of no one“, he wrote on his Twitter account.

«Either she apologizes or she quits“, he also told the daily The Corriere della Sera. Same echo from the vice-president of Forza Italia, the party of Silvio Berlusconi. Ursula von der Leyen’s statements are “an interferencein the campaign, judged Antonio Tajani.

Ursula von der Leyen’s spokesperson recalled on Friday that the Commission is working “with any government that comes out of the elections and is willing to work with the European Commission».

«It is absolutely clear that the President did not intervene in the Italian elections. When she referred to the instruments, she specifically referred to ongoing proceedings in other countries of the European Union“said Eric Mamer.

The European Commission has engaged in a showdown with Hungary and Poland, which it accuses of breaches of the rule of law. Brussels refuses in particular to pay them funds as long as they have not implemented the reforms requested.

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