Will Salvini accept Verhofstadt's debate challenge?
Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, currently running for the EU's top job for the liberal ALDE group, challenged Italian interior Minister Matteo Salvini to a debate on Monday.
"Just like you, your extreme right-wing friends, (France's Marine) Le Pen, (Austria's Heinz-Christian) Strache, (the UK's Nigel) Farage and (Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor) Orban are constantly plotting and paid by (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to destroy Europe," Verhofstadt said in a video posted on Twitter.
"Hereby I challenge you to a one-on-one debate, as people have the full right to know what devil's plan you have in mind.
"Tell me where you want to do it, in Brussels or in Italy. I will be there," he added.