Salvini pledges 'shock' proposals before EU elections

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, attends a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, attends a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, talks on the phone as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign press association

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, talks on the phone as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign press association

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, attends a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, attends a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, Friday, May

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, takes a selfie with a boy after attending a press conference at the foreign press associ

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, takes a selfie with a boy after attending a press conference at the foreign press associ

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, center-right, takes a selfie as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign press a

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, center-right, takes a selfie as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign press a

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, arrives to attend a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, F

Italian Interior Minister and Deputy-Premier, Matteo Salvini, arrives to attend a press conference at the foreign press association in Milan, Italy, F

MILAN (AP) — Italian vice premier Matteo Salvini is pledging new "shock" proposals to relaunch Italy's economy during a campaign rally for next week's European Parliament elections with representatives of 11 like-minded populist leaders.

The League leader spoke to foreign journalists in Milan on Friday, before a rally Saturday with other populist parties, some from the far-right, including France's National Rally and Alternative for Germany.

Salvini said the populist parliamentary group that he hopes to form after the May 23-26 elections aims to create a Europe "that does few things and does them well," restoring decision-making over such sectors as trade, agriculture and banking to member states.

Salvini, who is also Italy's interior minister, said the most important issues in the EU vote next week are security and employment.