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Poles signal caution over alliance with Italy’s Salvini

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Members of Poland’s populist ruling party are signaling some reservations about forming an alliance with the anti-migrant Italian League party.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini speaks to reporters following his talks with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's Law and Justice party, at the Italian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. His visit is seen as sounding out a possible alliance with Poland's ruling EU-skeptic party ahead of spring elections for the European Parliament..(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini speaks to reporters following his talks with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s Law and Justice party, at the Italian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. His visit is seen as sounding out a possible alliance with Poland’s ruling EU-skeptic party ahead of spring elections for the European Parliament..(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The head of the League, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, was in Warsaw on Wednesday trying to forge an alliance with Poland’s ruling populists before European Parliament elections in May. After a meeting with Poland’s ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Salvini expressed hopes an “Italian-Polish axis” would replace the current “French-German axis.”

But Polish authorities said Thursday no agreement had been reached, while commentators also noted signs of wariness about Salvini, seen as pro-Russian.

Lawmaker Witold Waszczykowski said “the only arrangements that have been made concern further meetings and further consultations, but there are no arrangements for a deal, a creation of alliances or common clubs in the European Parliament.”

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