Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, said she was “ready to win” the May elections after tweeting a photo of herself looking costing up to Italy’s deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. The display comes after a rally of Europe’s nationalist groups in which Mr Salvini, leader of Italy’s League party, pledged to create a super-alliance with member states to end the European Union “nightmare”. After their meeting, Ms Le Pen tweeted: “In good shape and ready to win the European elections on May 26 with @matteosalvinimi! alongside an emoji of an arm flexing its muscle.
While Mr Salvini posted the same picture on his Twitter account and said they were working to bring “common sense to Europe”.
He tweeted: “This morning in Paris with Marine Le Pen, to talk about work, family and environmental protection, committed to broadening the alliance of those who on May 26 want to change and bring a little common sense to Europe! @MLP_officiel”
Ahead of May’s European Parliament vote, which decides the MEPs for the next five years, new alliances are being formed among Eurosceptics in Brussels.
Some of the European Union member states’ biggest right-wing populist parties have formed a new parliamentary group in the European Parliament, which is likely to send shockwaves across the continent.
Mr Salvini’s meeting with Ms Le Pen took place in private after he attended the G7 summit of interior ministers in Paris.
The pair are understood to have discussed the political situation and European elections, including how the campaign will be work, family and environmental protection.
Mr Salvini defiantly kicked off his election campaign with a pledge to forge a new future of Europe and fight back against the Brussels bureaucrats and bankers who have threatened the European dream.
Speaking from Milan along with the leaders of the Danish People’s Party, The Finns Party and Alternative for Germany, Mr Salvini said: “We are working for a new European dream to many citizens. To many citizens and people today, the EU is a nightmare and not a dream”
Experts say anti-EU parties have a chance to impact the future of the EU if they join forces to work together.
Far-right leaders share the broad ideological goals of curbing the EU’s perceived liberal course and returning power to the member states’ capitals. But they differ in other areas.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega