Italy's deputy premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has invited European nationalist and far-right parties to a rally in Milan before the European Parliament elections, to discuss a potential alliance.
European voters go to the polls from May 23-26 to choose a new parliament with many fearing that eurosceptics and populist will deal a new blow to the EU.
The strong performance of the far-right in Finland's elections has mirrored the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, just over a month before European parliament elections.
The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been suspended from the European People's Party
Eurosceptic populists are projected to make gains in European Parliamentary elections in May but mainstream political groups ought to retain their majority, opinion polls suggest.
Three months from the European Parliament election, the assembly's dominant centre-right bloc has been weakened by a rift over how to handle Hungary's populist leader Viktor Orban.