Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement on Friday called on southern European countries to unite against the euro and the policies of northern European "nazism" which are destroying their economies.
The 5-Star Movement, Italy's second-largest party behind Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party, is campaigning to hold a referendum to take Italy out of the euro and ramping up its rhetoric against the single currency.
Alessandro Di Battista, one of 5-Star's most prominent leaders, said policies like Renzi's labor market reform to make it easier to fire employees were imposed by northern European countries which dictate the euro zone's agenda.
"As a result they create more and more slaves," Di Battista said at a conference in Rome. "They want to colonize the south of Europe and so the peoples of southern Europe have to unite."
5-Star, like Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, has drawn support from voters fed up with the austerity policies of recent years in which living standards have fallen and unemployment has climbed.