Matteo Salvini: “A new Europe is born”.
The League and Salvini double their vote compared to the last national election.
Again the disturbing trend from EU media. Some pundits and exit polls predicted Salvini under 30% but as of 11:45 EST, the League was at 34.3%.
– M5S (5 Star), whose leader had criticized Salvini regarding his close alliance with Viktor Orban, was crushed. Basically, 5 Star has seen its support (17%) halved since the national elections.
Analysts said that a strong League result (over 30 percent) could see Salvini tempted to ditch the M5S for the far-right Brothers of Italy (which won 5-7 percent on Sunday), or a fresh alliance with the party’s historic partner, billionaire Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia.
However, Salvini also said, “As far as I’m concerned, if the League wins nothing changes in Italy, everything will change in Europe, starting from tomorrow,” Salvini said on Sunday before exit polls were released.
* Salvini may not realize it, but he has already changed Europe.