The former Italian prime minister and leader of the conservative Forza Italia party, Silvio Berlusconi, said in Rome today that the European People's Party (EPP) must ally itself with sovereignist formations and not with socialists if it wants to change the European Union (EU).
"To change the EU, the EPP must abandon its historical alliance with the Socialists to open up to the conservative and sovereignist parties, which must be educated and convinced," said Berlusconi, during his speech at the National Assembly of Forza Italia, held in the Palace of Congresses of the Italian capital.
But he clarified: "We need a sovereignty that bets for Europe, not for individual states that would end up leading to the nationalism that dominated the twentieth century and brought us two deadly world wars."
The three-time prime minister of Italy announced last January his candidacy for the European Parliament elections on May 26, once the Italian Justice had lifted in 2018 his disqualification from public office that was imposed until 2019 for his sentence for tax fraud.
At 82 years old, Berlusconi is trying to boost his training again, which is being eclipsed by the extreme right-wing League of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
In the assembly of this Saturday, that was celebrated 25 years after its first government in 1994, Berlusconi returned to reclaim the space of Forza Italy in the current national panorama.
He stressed that his party "is and will continue to be the backbone of the center-right in Italy and Europe" and charged against the anti-systems of the Five Star Movement (M5S), which govern the country together with the League, to say that "they are incompetent, some amateurs and very dangerous ".
In the assembly also intervened the president of the European Parliament and vice president of Forza Italia, Antonio Tajani, to say that "Forza Italia is destined to have a leading role in Italy and in Europe."
Another political group that also lives low hours and tries to regain the trust of voters in Italy is the Democratic Party (PD, center-left), which has just elected Nicola Zingaretti as secretary-general, following the resignation in 2018 of Matteo Renzi for the failure in the generals.