Italy stunned as Salvini wins majority; ‘New Europe is born’
MATTEO SALVINI’s Lega Nord (League) Party has claimed a convincing European Parliament victory, in a shock result in Italy.
“I am proud that the League is participating in this new European renaissance.”
He said previously: “As far as I’m concerned, if the League wins nothing changes in Italy, everything will change in Europe, starting from tomorrow.”
The head of the party’s Senate Riccardo Molinari added: “The League has probably become the top party in Italy.”
The exit poll suggests that League will claim between 27 and 31 percent of the vote.
The group’s coalition partner, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) was beaten by the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) which came second with 21-25 percent, exit polls showed after voting ended.
Mr Salvini had hoped to gain significant ground in the EU.
He stepped up intensive campaigns to attempt to claim a majority in Italy.