Berliner Tageblatt - Argentina's Milei stars in global far-right rally in Spain

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Argentina's Milei stars in global far-right rally in Spain
Argentina's Milei stars in global far-right rally in Spain / Photo: © AFP

Argentina's Milei stars in global far-right rally in Spain

Argentina's President Javier Milei threw his weight behind Europe's far right Sunday at a Madrid rally that also featured leading stars of the movement like Italy's Giorgia Meloni and France's Marine Le Pen.

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The event organised by Spain's far-right party Vox comes ahead of elections to the European Parliament from June 6-9 which surveys suggest will result in soaring gains for Europe's far right, giving it more influence in Brussels.

Milei urged Europe's ultra-nationalists to unite against "socialism" in his address to the rally at Madrid's Vistalegre congress centre which was attended by some 11,000 people according to Vox.

"Let's not give in to socialism, let's face it with greater courage. It seems that we are few, but we have nothing to fear, because victory on the battlefield does not depend on the number of soldiers, but on the forces that come from heaven," he said.

"I will lead by example and show the world that a government with our ideas can succeed. It is up to me to show them how sinister and nefarious socialism is, because... Argentina has been infected by socialism for decades," he added.

A self-declared "anarcho-capitalist", Milei won elections last November vowing to reduce the Argentine deficit to zero.

To that end, the chainsaw-wielding, anti-establishment Argentine has instituted an austerity programme that has seen the government slash subsidies for transport, fuel and energy, even as wage-earners lost a fifth of their purchasing power.

Milei, a burgeoning superstar on the global right who began his visit to Spain on Friday, will not be meeting Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez or King Felipe VI during his stay as usually is the case when a foreign leader visits.

Le Pen, France's far-right standard-bearer and former presidential candidate, told the crowd that "the real Europe, the Europe of freedom" needs nationalist forces to be "united".

"We are, all of us together, in the home straight to make June 9 a day of deliverance and hope," she added.

In video messages, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged "patriots" to "occupy Brussels", while Meloni, Italy's premier, called for a "mobilisation" to bring about "change in Europe".

I.Meyer--BTB