Italy: Locals in Milan comment on League Party's success in EU elections

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SOT, Paolo Ossoli, local (Italian): "I'm a little surprised, but not so much, because what we expected happened the previous days. We are talking about the allocation of seats in the European Parliament, and it's not really a government vote. We need to be a little more cautious when we vote."
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SOT, Paolo Ossoli, local (Italian): "I am quite confident about what Europe represents. I think, all things considered, the vote was positive, so I'm confident in the institutions, even though I voted otherwise. At the national level, there is always a climate of alarm and I think that people are right to be a little worried."
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SOT, Bruno, local (Italian): "I believe that Italy should remain in Europe, I believe that Europe can be improved, so as to better integrate countries with different needs. But I also believe that the system for changing Europe is different from the one that the current political forces are implementing. Warring Europe is useless: we need to seek cooperation between countries, not the war."
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SOT, Domenico, local (Italian): "It's a strange time, where references to the past are being lost. It is Europe that is going too far towards populism and to the right-wings, when there is a need for more openness towards those who arrive and those in need, towards those who are suffering more than to the European population."
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SOT, Cristian Lobini, local (Italian): "From my point of view the exit from Europe would be a viable alternative because now there is not a Europe of peoples but a Europe of the financial economy. There is no vision of Europe as a united state for a single objective but each country pursues its own interest."
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Locals in Milan reacted to far-right League Party 's victory in EU Parliament elections on Monday.
"From my point of view the exit from Europe would be a viable alternative because now there is not a Europe of peoples but a Europe of the financial economy," said local Cristian Lobini.
Another Milanese citizen Bruno expressed opposite thoughts: "I believe that Italy should remain in Europe, I believe that Europe can be improved, so as to better integrate countries with different needs. But I also believe that the system for changing Europe is different from the one that the current political forces are implementing. Warring Europe is useless: we need to seek cooperation between countries, not the war."
The League Party, with its leader and Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, won 34,3 percent of the votes, followed by the Democratic Party with around 22,7 percent. In 2014, the party won just 6,2 percent of votes.

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