June 14, 2019
The new name for the formal group led by populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in the European Parliament, which now consists of 73 members, has been revealed.
Rassemblement National MEP Thierry Mariani made the announcement of the new group on social media on Wednesday saying, “Identity and Democracy (ID) will be the name of our group in the European Parliament for these five years.”
Identity and Democracy (ID) consists of parties from the former Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group along with new members from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and others who joined forces with Salvini on the campaign trail before the European elections last month, Politico reports.
The Identity and Democracy group comes after months of Salvini building alliances across the continent and while he and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban vowed to cooperate on common issues, Orban’s Fidesz party ruled out joining with Salvini late last month.
This article was posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 at 4:55 am