Italy’s main opposition party, the Northern League, has appointed a new leader.
Roberto Maroni, a former interior minister, must try to distance the party from scandals and a damaging corruption probe.
In front of 8,000 party members, Maroni used his first speech as chief to attack the euro.
“We were the first to say that this Europe couldn’t work, to speak about the dangers of the euro currency. The euro was introduced in Italy only for political reasons, to prevent back then the break away of northern Italy,” said Maroni.
Maroni must now restore the party’s image after its founder, Umberto Bossi, was forced to stand down after it was revealed that taxpayers’ money had been used to buy him perks. Despite that, he was elected the party’s Life President.
The League, which wants the prosperous north to free itself from what it sees as the inefficient south, consistently votes against Prime Minister Mario Monti and his technocrat government.