Italian vice premier Matteo Salvini is pledging new “shock” proposals to relaunch Italy’s economy during a campaign rally for next week’s European Parliament elections with representatives of 11 like-minded populist leaders.

The League leader spoke to foreign journalists in Milan on Friday, before a rally Saturday with other populist parties, some from the far-right, including France’s National Rally and Alternative for Germany.

Salvini said the populist parliamentary group that he hopes to form after the May 23-26 elections aims to create a Europe “that does few things and does them well,” restoring decision-making over such sectors as trade, agriculture and banking to member states.

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, talks on the phone as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, talks on the phone as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Salvini, who is also Italy’s interior minister, said the most important issues in the EU vote next week are security and employment.

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, attends a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, attends a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, takes a selfie with a boy after attending a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, takes a selfie with a boy after attending a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, center-right, takes a selfie as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, center-right, takes a selfie as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, arrives to attend a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, arrives to attend a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, arrives for a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, arrives for a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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