The leader of the Lega party, formerly known as Lega Nord, Matteo Salvini claimed the European Union should stop interfering with Italian politics as the measures taken by the bloc have crippled the Italian economy for the past 15 years.
Mr Salvini is the frontrunner in the upcoming Italian general election as Italy’s next Prime Minister.
In a fiery interview with Italian TV Channel Rete 4, the Italian politician said: "Europe can go and fuck itself! Europe has been punishing Italy for the past 15 years and we are worse off than we were before being railroaded into jointing the single currency. European economic measures are the last thing I am interested in."
The Italian eurosceptic blasted EU Economic Affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici for interfering with the Italian election process. Mr Moscovici said the European Union considers the Italian election one of the biggest "political risk" to the bloc because of the uncertainty of the results. Lega have promised an in / out referendum should they win and polls suggest Italian voters would choose to follow britain and leave the bureaucratic dictatorship that has served Germany well but hampered progress in all other member states.
Mr Salvini criticised the Eurocrat saying Italy will rehabilitate its sovereign powers and take back control of policy and lawmaking from the EU with the March 4 vote.
He wrote on Twitter: "Slaves of the European Union? No, thanks! I can't wait for Italy, with our government, to regain its sovereignty to defend the national interest in any way possible. Intrusion from a European bureaucrat in Italy's elections is unacceptable. The immigration policies and economic sacrifices imposed by the European Union have been a disaster and will be rejected by the free vote of Italians."
Matteo Salvini is also expected to be the frontrunner for the newly announced pre-election coalition with Silvio Berlusconi.
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