Meloni says compatible majority needed or she'll stay in opposition in Europe. Image: Meloni at lecter, arms spread, talking. Associated Press/AP

Meloni happy to remain in European opposition if needs be.


Premier Giorgia Meloni stated on Friday that she would remain in opposition in Europe unless a “compatible” majority could be established.

This comes amid speculation that her Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group might attempt to replace the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) as the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) partner following next week’s European elections.

“I can’t be with the Left in the EU,” Meloni said in an interview with “I think that a compatible majority must be built in Europe too. With rainbow majorities, you can’t do anything. We can find synergies in the centre-right, but never with the Left.”

She added, “I will defend national interests without being part of others’ majorities in the European Parliament.”

Domestically, Meloni’s right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) party is allied with the centre-right post-Berlusconi Forza Italia (FI) party, which is part of the EPP, and the right-wing League party, which belongs to the other right-wing group, Identity and Democracy (ID).

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