Italian minister meets Hungary premier, vows historic change

Populist duo Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini call for deportation of migrants from Europe

Populist duo Viktor Orban and Matteo Salvini call for deportation of migrants from Europe

His comment came after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini launched an anti-migration manifesto, namechecking Macron as their adversary.

Top officials vow to forge union "that excludes socialists and the left, that brings back to the center the values and identity" their parties embody.

"We agreed that the most important issue is migration", Orban said, adding that they had agreed to jointly pursue their anti-immigration agenda as the European Union enters campaign mode for EU parliamentary elections in May next year.

As for Orban, the Hungarian strongman described Salvini as his "hero and companion" for turning away migrants coming by ship.

In Italy, Mr Salvini has repeatedly prevented migrant rescue boats from docking, forcing the boats to find ports elsewhere in Europe.

Macron has himself passed tougher legislation on illegal immigration but has blasted Italy and Hungary for maintaining an uncompromising stance on migrants while readily accepting European Union development funding.

A blockbuster primary in Florida and three-way fight in Arizona
The contest has been overshadowed in recent days by the death of John McCain , Arizona's longtime Republican senator, on Saturday. With a consistently conservative voting record, Arizonans elected McCain to the Senate six times, including in 2016.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a farewell ceremony at the Royal Theatre on August 29, 2018 in Copenhagen. "If they want to see me as their main opponent, they're right", he retorted on a trip to Copenhagen.

The anti-migrant view was also shared by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who met yesterday with his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, to discuss, among other things, the issue of immigration. Almost 140 migrants are still aboard the ship, docked in Sicily. Most recently, the Diciotti rescue shipped was docked in the Sicilian city of Catania for nearly a week before the 180 migrants on board were finally allowed to disembark.

Orban, meanwhile, called on the European People's Party, the largest group in the European Parliament to which his Fidesz party belongs, to adopt a hardline stand against illegal immigration.

"That is not what Mr. Orban and Salvini are proposing". Until a solution is found, he pledged that the country would not take in a single migrant.

Di Maio blasted Orban on Monday for putting up "barbed-wire barriers" and refusing to do his part to help with migrants.

However, Salvini said Italy was close to an agreement with Germany on migrant border controls.

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