Trump backs hard-right Spanish party as war waged with Brussels

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Former US President Donald Trump spoke at a political rally hosted by Spain’s Vox party in which he called on the hardline right-wing parties to “do great, conservative things”. The leaders also waged war on Brussels by demanding an end to the EU overruling national sovereignty.

Other politicians who spoke at the even included Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, and Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s incoming prime minister.

Donald Trump gave his message via a pre-recorded video message from a plane.

He said: “We have to make sure that we protect our borders and do lots of very good conservative things.

“Spain is a great country and we want to keep it a great country.”

The Vox leader Santiago Abascal said of the message: “My thanks for President Donald Trump, a visionary in the fight for sovereign nations.”

His party came third in the last Spanish election held in 2019, and it is his mission for Vox to be the next right-wing nationalist party to take power in Europe.

The next Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni gave a rousing speech in which she called for a return to patriotic values.

She said: “Only by winning in our countries can Europe become a political giant that we want, and not a bureaucratic giant.

“We are not monsters, the people understand that. Long live Vox, long live Spain, long live Italy, long live Europe patriots.”

Both Mr Orban of Hungary and Mr Morawiecki of Poland have clashed with Brussels over imposing harsher sanctions on Moscow and LGBTQ rights respectively.

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Mr Orban said in his speech: “The train from Rome has just arrived in Brussels; the one from Madrid, led by my friend Santiago Abascal, is about to leave”, predicting the rise of the hard right across Europe.

Mr Morawiecki added: “A small number of bureaucrats in Brussels think they can create Europe but they are wrong. Europe is made of nations. Free and sovereign nations.”

However, Hungary, Spain, Italy and Poland are all still dependent on funding from the EU to aid with economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far none of the countries have suggested holding a Brexit-style referendum.

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