Members of Poland's populist ruling party are signalling some reservations about forming an alliance with the anti-migrant Italian League party.
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Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini hit back on Thursday after the Maltese government expressed "disdain and surprise at the inaccurate allegations" it said were made by him over the management of asylum seekers.
However, Poland's skepticism of Salvini's friendly approach to Russian Federation could be an impediment to collaboration.
Salvini, speaking Wednesday at a news conference in Warsaw alongside his Polish counterpart Joachim Brudzinski, said he's working to make the European Union less bureaucratic and more focused on securing its borders against migrants.More news: Major League Baseball rumors: Former A's infielder Jed Lowrie, Mets agree to contract
His ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has clashed with Brussels on a range of issues, including the rule of law in Poland, environmental protection and migration.
"Kaczynski showed that he doesn't want to be a part of a euroskeptic alliance under the patronage of the Kremlin", Szuldrzynski wrote in Thursday's paper. He voiced hopes that the Polish and Italian governments can play a guiding role in a European nationalist surge.
Before Salvini's visit to Warsaw, Polish ruling officials sounded positive about possible cooperation.
They object to further European integration that they see as an erosion of national sovereignty.
"And I add that any new arrival must not cost Italian citizens a cent", Salvini said, insisting that "it's the interior ministry that handles immigration".More news: Jordan Peele Shares First Trailer for His Sci-Fi Comedy ‘Weird City’
PiS has echoed the League's calls for Brussels to interfere less in the affairs of EU member states, though the parties are not now allied in the European Parliament.
The European Parliament elections, being held across the EU from May 23-26, are shaping up into a battle between liberal pro-EU forces backed by leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron, and populist euroskeptics represented by Salvini and far-right leaders including France's Marine Le Pen.
Jacek Czaputowicz, the foreign minister, recently said the Salvini-Kaczynski encounter would be "a meeting at the highest level" and said it would involve discussions about the elections to the European Parliament.
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