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College Republicans United announced a new trans-Atlantic political alliance with the youth wing of Lega Nord, an Italian national-conservative political party, at the organization’s national convention on Friday in Arizona.

The declaration of friendship may represent one of the first transnational alliances between youth wings of major political parties in America and Europe in some time. Speakers at the event billed support of individual liberties, small businesses and freedoms in the face of challenges from large corporations and governments, and opposition to mass immigration and political correctness.

Davide Quadri, the International Secretary for Lega Giovani, the youth wing of Lega Nord, spoke at the convention, in addition to two other representatives of the party. Matteo Salvini, who served as deputy Prime Minister of Italy from 2018 to 2019, is affiliated with the party, building a reputation as a leader of Europe’s national populist movement for staunch opposition to globalism and illegal immigration. Read more…