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Italy’s Salvini calls for ultimate rejection of Turkey’s EU bid

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Italy’s Deputy Premier, Interior Minister and League leader Matteo Salvini on Monday called for Turkey’s application to join the EU to be definitively rejected as he met with the heads of other European right-wing parties in Milan, the ANSA news agency reported.

“Turkey is not in Europe and it never will be,” Salvini told a press conference at the gathering titled “Towards a Common Sense Europe, Peoples Rise Up.”

“The accession process should be cancelled. It should be definitively stopped,” he said.

Among the politicians taking part in the event are Jörg Meuthen of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Anders Vistisen of the Danish People’s Party and Olli Kotro of the Finns Party.

In early March, Manfred Weber, European Peoples Party’s (EPP) lead candidate for the upcoming European elections, said Turkey cannot become a member of the European Union, adding that he would end accession talks if he becomes European Commission president.

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