“We want a rebirth of Europe based on Christian and traditional values” – this is how the convergent desire of Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, and Matteo Salvini, leader of the League, the main right-wing party of Italy could be summed up after the significant meeting of the three held in Budapest on April 1.
At the meeting, which lasted 2 hours, the three politicians agreed to establish links of formal cooperation between the League, the Fidesz party of Orbán and Law and Justice (PiS) of Morawiecki, and perhaps create a new continental political group, too.
The sum of the MEPs of the three parties would make them instantly the third largest conservative, right-wing group in the European Parliament, with at least 42 seats. The possibility that legislators from the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), Identity and Democracy (ID) and even the European People’s Party (EPP) to follow them is probable; if they reach 100, this possibly formed new political power would then become the third largest bloc in the legislative body.
“Freedom, dignity, Christianity, family, national sovereignty is what we represent. We also say no to censorship, the European Empire in Brussels, communism, illegal immigration and anti-Semitism. These are the values that we share. […] It is the beginning of a long journey, we meet to plan the future together”, Orbán underlined.
As for Salvini, the objective of the new tripartite alliance must be “that the European people come out of one of its darkest periods to place hope, family, work, rights and freedoms at the center. […] That it is not only the left-wing that determines the future. An alternative must be offered to those who question the roots (of Europe)”.
In the same sense, Morawiecki affirmed that there are forces that want to divert Europe and the values that formed it, and for a true development the Union needs to return to its Christian roots. “The European Union is currently disintegrated […] and we aspire to represent the most different people on a wide spectrum” he said.
Orbán denied that the alliance would be “radical” or “ultra” and pointed out that there are millions of Europeans without adequate political representation, including Christian Democrats because the EPP – which considers itself centrist – has cooperated more and more with the left.” Which is also the reason why his party recently left the EPP faction of the European Parliament.
The three leaders said to meet again in May to continue building the alliance.