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Northern League EP protest 'deplorable' says Speaker

'Abuse for electoral ends' says Schulz

04 February, 14:43
Northern League EP protest 'deplorable' says Speaker (see previous).

(ANSA) - Strasbourg, February 4 - The Northern League's protest against Italian President Giorgio Napolitano during a speech to the European Parliament Tuesday was "deplorable" and "purely for electoral motives", Speaker Martin Schulz told ANSA.

"These MEPs used the plenary assembly...for purely electoral ends and that is an abuse," the German Social Democrat said.

But he said the anti-euro regionalist party was "totally isolated" in the EP. League MEPs waved banners during Napolitano's keynote address calling the euro a "killer".

Separately, League leader Matteo Salvini said Napolitano was "shameless" for defending a currency that had "destroyed jobs, wages and pensions". Populist anti-euro and anti-austerity parties like the League are expected to score big in May's EP elections.