League to be 2nd-biggest party in EP - projection

PD's MEPs set to drop to 15 - forecast based on recent polls

(ANSA) - Brussels, February 18 - Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's League is set to be the Italian party with the most MEPs after May's European elections, second-only at the EU level to Germany's CSU/CDU, according to a projection based on recent polls.
    The League is set to go from the six MEPs it has at the moment to 27, just two fewer than the CSU/CDU.
    The League's government coalition partners, the 5-Star Movement (M5S), are set to go from 14 MEPs to 22.
    The opposition centre-left Democratic Party (PD), on the other hand, is set to drop to 15 MEPs from 26 at the moment.
    Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia will drop from 11 to seven MEPs, according to the projection.