Matteo Salvini, leader of the League party, addressed a crowd of 100,000 people at the Pontida event in 2023. He emphasized the unity between himself and Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy party, stating that they share the same objective and common destiny. Salvini also expressed his belief that a united center-right coalition would be victorious.
Salvini highlighted the League’s priority of implementing a tax on the excessive profits of banks, stating that they would not back down on this issue. He also assured that the League would guarantee the stability of the current government for its full five-year term.
When it comes to European politics, Salvini made it clear that he would choose Marine Le Pen over Emmanuel Macron without hesitation. He criticized figures like George Soros, accusing them of financing the destruction of Western civilization, and called for their opposition through democratic means.
During the Pontida event, a banner was displayed proclaiming “The North, the true autonomy.” Salvini addressed the issue of Islam, stating that it should be closely monitored until it becomes a tolerant culture towards those with differing beliefs.
Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Rally party in France, expressed her full support for the League and praised Salvini’s handling of the migrant crisis during his time as Minister of the Interior. She warned Italy and Europe about the organized wave of migration and called for immediate action from leaders who fail to address this challenge.
Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto region, spoke about the issue of immigration and emphasized the need for dignified hospitality. He stated that the influx of migrants was a European problem and called for a change in the composition of communities to ensure their long-term sustainability.
Zaia also advocated for autonomy for the Veneto region, stating that it was not a subversive act but rather a request for the state to fulfill its responsibilities. He argued that autonomy would put an end to parasitism.
Salvini and Le Pen continued their discussions over a lunch of locally sourced products at Pontida. They expressed their satisfaction with the event and discussed plans for a large international gathering of alternative parties to the left, to be held in Italy before the end of the year.
Overall, the Pontida event showcased the unity and shared goals of the League and its allies, as well as their determination to address key issues such as immigration and autonomy.
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