"I'm happy for Matteo Salvini and the League," the 81-year-old former prime minister said in a video message.
"They do not wish the EU to continue in this way of a federal Europe or united states of Europe," says one Conservative MEP.
Italy gets ready to go to the polls in one of the most contentious elections in years.
How important is the issue of migration to voters in Italy? Is the 'alarmist' way the issue is being reported in some sections of the media likely to influence the vote?
In this special report from Claudio Lavanga for Insiders we explore how the issue of migration is dominating the discussion in the lead up to the elections.
In Italy, around 4 million people live in abject poverty and about 18 million are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
University dropout, Luigi di Maio, is the front-runner for PM as the Five Star Movement has become Italy’s most popular party