EU ON THE BRINK: Italy plotting to use 'Yellow Vests' to DESTROY Brussels as we know it

Luigi di Maio, leader of the anti-establishment party, is planning meetings with a number of emerging movements across the Continent in order to create a “group of direct democracy” to challenge the current crop of elitist EU parties. He will also call on the so-called ‘Yellow Vest’ movement, which has threatened to sink Emmanuel Macron’s reign as French president, to help spearhead the peoples’ revolution in Brussels, according to Laura Agea, Five Star’s most senior figure in the Belgian capital. She said: “The meeting between the political leader of Five Star Movement Luigi di Maio and the leaders of three other European emerging formations is a fundamental step of a work that comes from far. In the last months we have been talking with anyone, like our attitude has ever been, and we found very important convergence with Kukiz’15 from Poland, Zivi zig from Croatia and the Finnish Liike Nyt.

“We’ll create with them the group of direct democracy. Our goal is to be decisive for the next European Parliament. We believe in the values of citizen participation and involvement. Big groups like EPP and S&D must know that the time in which decisions are taken in secret rooms of Brussels is up.

“This Europe uses two weights and two measures on too many topics. For example, lobbies count more than citizens. We want to overturn this scheme. Also, there’s a lot of waste that’s possible to cut: the pay of the European Commissioners or the shame of having three seats of the European Parliament. Our manifesto will contain the good ideas of all national delegations. We will focus on direct democracy, on the fight against poverty, on the health of citizens and the defence of the excellence of Made in Europe.”

Five Star is hoping to recruit the so-called ‘Yellow Vests’ of France to their cause after the movement proved citizens can force change.

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After weeks of protests, some often violent and destructive, Mr Macron reversed a planned fuel tax rise and increased the minimum wage in a bid to quash the angry demonstrators, who have grown frustrated with the increased cost of living for the forgotten rural citizens of France.

“Luigi Di Maio is in contact with some Yellow Jackets, but the meeting has not been set up yet,” Ms Agea added.

“What is happening in France is very interesting and we follow it with care and respect. We are against any form of violence but the protest of the Yellow Jackets shows that neither Macron nor Le Pen or Mélenchon are able to intercept the need for change asked by the citizens. We need more participation and more rights and on this it’ll be built the manifesto we will present in a few weeks.”

Eric Drouet, a leader within the ‘Yellow Vests’, has revealed he is willing to accept an invitation to meet Mr di Maio, according to media reports in Italy.

In an interview with Italian newspaper Il Fatto Guotidiano, the Five Star leader hinted he would like to see the French campaigners make up part of his group for the European Parliament elections in May.

Writing for Five Star’s online publication, the deputy Italian prime minister said the ‘Yellow Vests’ reminded him of the same feels that led to the creation of his movement in 2019.

He said: “The Five Star Movement, less than four years after its birth, despite the insults and sneers, has entered parliament and after less than nine years today we are in government and those who teased us today disappeared from the political scene.”

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In a rallying call, he added: “Yellow gilet, do not give up!

“From Italy we are following your battle from the day you first appeared for the first time colouring the streets of Paris and other French cities in yellow.

“We know what animates your spirits and why you decided to take to the streets to express your feelings”.

The politician offered his party’s support if the Yellow Vest movement needed it and offered the protesters the use of the party’s software and voting systems.

But he also condoned the violent scenes witnessed at many of the ‘Yellow Vest’s’ protests, which have claimed at least 10 lives, since they began in November.

He said: “We too strongly condemn those who caused violence during the demonstrations, but we know that your movement is peaceful.”

Interior minister Matteo Salvini, from coalition partners League, also said: “I support honest citizens protesting against a president who governs against his people.”

The Italian’s reaction will give further worsen relations with France after Mr Salvini has lashed out at Mr Macron in November calling him an “international embarrassment”.

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Daily Express :: World Feed

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