Spain: Javier Milei and Marine Le Pen Among Participants of Europa Viva 24 Convention

In Madrid, Milei also met with top executives from the Spanish financial and business worlds

More than 30,000 people at Palacio de Vistalegre in Madrid took part on Sunday, May 19 in a convention titled “Europa Viva 24,” a public gathering organized by Spain’s ultraconservative Vox party to bring together all “European patriots for the June 9 elections.” Argentine President Javier Milei and French presidential candidate and Rassemblement Nationale leader Marine Le Pen arrived in the Spanish capital to address the participants.

Spain’s Vox party will not support Ursula von der Leyen’s candidacy for the second term as president of the European Commission. The dot above the “i” was set by Jorge Buxade, the leader of the Vox party in the European elections. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the congress, Buxade emphasized that von der Leyen left the European Commission “in the hands of climate zealots” during her first mandate, which is now expiring.

The theme was continued by Marine Le Pen, who called on European nations to stand up against the current leaders of the European Union: “We are the defenders of a true and authentic Europe. Long live Spain, long live Vox, and long live Europe,” said the candidate in the French presidential election.

Before addressing the convention, Argentina’s libertarian president Milei met in Madrid with representatives of major Spanish companies and the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE). During the meeting, which was attended by top executives from Santander, Telefónica, Abertis, Bbva, Día, Iberia, Naturgy, Mapfre, Ecoener, Rothschild & Co España, Join, Ab Vivere, Gruppo Consello, and Unitevi, Milei presented to Spanish businesses the current economic situation in Argentina and explained his government’s efforts to tackle problems such as the public deficit, galloping inflation, and poverty. Milei focused on actions taken to attract more foreign direct investment, emphasizing his administration’s commitment to “improving the business climate and providing the legal security necessary to operate in Argentina.” For their part, the participating entrepreneurs expressed interest in exploring new investment opportunities in Argentina and said they were “motivated by the guarantees offered in terms of long-term perspective, economic stability, and regulatory transparency.”

Finally, in his convention speech, Milei once again attacked socialism, which “hides the worst part of the human being, namely envy, hatred, resentment, and, if necessary, murder.” The eccentric Argentine president opened his speech with performing the song “Yo soy el leon” (I am a lion) by Argentine heavy metal band La Renga.

“Pure socialism has been defeated by economic theory,” Milei nearly shouted from the stage. “At first, I thought it was a problem of nature, mental nature. But then I realized it was something much worse, that it was a disease of the soul.”