Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Italy’s Salvini Says Country Won’t Leave EU, Just Wants Changes

  • Earlier, Salvini aide Borghi warned an EU exit might be needed
  • Populists say EU elections need to bring changes to bloc
Matteo Salvini
Matteo SalviniPhotographer: Piotr Malecki/Bloomberg
Updated on

Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini reined in his euro-skeptic adviser Claudio Borghi by assuring Italians and financial markets that his party doesn’t want to leave the European Union.

“We have no intention of leaving Europe, we want to change it, improve it, but not abandon it,” Salvini said in a texted statement. He was responding to earlier remarks by Borghi saying that either the populist parties succeed in changing the EU “or we’ll need to leave it.”