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European elections 2019: A moment of truth for nationalists

Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini (L) and President of the French far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party Marine Le Pen react on stage at a rally of European nationalists ahead of European elections on May 18, 2019

The populist far right are looking to this week’s EU parliamentary elections to kick-start a pan-European nationalist alliance.

For years, they have tried to form a cohesive group, and now they have a figurehead in Italy’s most powerful politician – Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, previously the leader of a half-forgotten regional party.

But the challenges are clear. Days before the vote, one of the very few far-right parties in power in Europe was forced out of government in Austria amid a secret video scandal.

GIFTALWORLD correspondents report on the would-be alliance from around Europe.