Merkel Steps Up Contest for EU's Future With Attack on Populists
Added 05-18-19 04:04:02pm EST - “As some of the region's top nationalists rallied in Italy, Merkel's first full-scale campaign event ahead of the European Parliament election illuminated the choices facing voters as they help determine the future of a 28-country…” - News.yahoo.com
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(Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Europeans against falling sway to populists, evoking the continent’s wars in a proxy showdown with Italy’s deputy premier before voters have their say next week.
On a day when far-right politics brought down a government in Austria, Merkel stepped up her message that only the European Union’s established parties could protect liberal values and seven decades of prosperity built up since World War II.
As some of the region’s top nationalists rallied in Italy, Merkel’s first full-scale campaign event ahead of the European Parliament election illuminated the choices facing voters as they help determine the future of a 28-country union that’s under unprecedented strain.
“Our values mean that we can be proud of our country and at the same time work to build Europe,’’ she told a capacity crowd of 6,000 in a basketball stadium in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Saturday.
For his part, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini gathered a coterie of 12 nationalist parties in Milan, inveighing against migration and calling for a “fiscal shock’’ policy in line with that of President Donald Trump.
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