By Nick Stamatakis
It was an anti-systemic vote of the Italian people today, as most exit polls show… The right-wing coalition of the three parties (led by Meloni, Salvini and Berlusconi) will form a government with a woman as a prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, for the first time in Italian history.
The election results are of historic proportions for many other reasons:
- Because Italy has been leaning to the left (much like Greece) for many decades…
- Because the results turn explicitly against the “priestly hierarchy” of the EU, and there is no way to escape the anti-EU meaning of this vote.
- Remarkably, recent statements by the inept EU President Ursula Von der Leyen were interpreted as threatening by the Italian voters and had the opposite results, giving more steam to the right-0wing vote.
- Berlusconi and Salvini have close ties with Vladimir Putin and – despite Meloni’s assurances to the opposite – are likely to move the coalition and Europe as a whole towards some kind of peace negotiations with Russia. Meloni is known to have praised Hungary’s president Victor Orban – known for his close ties with Russia – on many occasions…
- Italy’s size of the economy and central position in Europe CANNOT be ignored by the EU bureaucrats – in the same way, that they did with Greece ten years ago…
If anyone has any doubts about the true meaning of Giorgia Meloni’s political message please follow this link to watch one of her most powerful videos... Here is what she said: “Yes to natural families, no to the LGBT lobby, yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology, yes to the culture of life, no to the abyss of death, no to the violence of Islam, yes to safer borders, no to mass immigration, yes to work for our people”…
My friends, this is a message that will echo and reverberate all over the world and especially in the upcoming November elections in America…
Italy set for hard-right turn, exit polls show
A coalition of three right-wing parties is on course for majorities in both houses of the Italian parliament, exit polls from Sunday’s general election show, setting the stage for Italy’s most conservative government in decades.
Why it matters: The result puts Giorgia Meloni, who leads the Brothers of Italy, in pole position to become prime minister. Her coalition also includes The League, led by far-right firebrand Matteo Salvini, and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
- Meloni, who would be Italy’s first female PM, is seeking to reassure EU leaders that she’d govern as a center-right pragmatist, stand by Ukraine and spend EU recovery funds responsibly.
- Yes, but: She has a history of defending far-right leaders like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and her party has fascist roots. It’s a matter of debate whether her front-runner status says more about her own drift to the center or the Italian public’s willingness to vote for the extremes.
Breaking it down: Brothers of Italy won just 4% of the vote during the last general election in 2018. It will now be easily the largest party with 22-26% of the vote according to public broadcaster RAI’s exit poll. Overall, the bloc won 41-45%, well ahead of the center-left’s 26-30%.
- Unlike the League and Forza Italia, Brothers of Italy refused to join a unity government formed last year by technocrat Mario Draghi after the previous government collapsed.
- Draghi resigned in July after losing the backing of some coalition members, including The League and Forza Italia.
- Sunday’s turnout was around 65%, down from 73% in 2018.
What’s next: Meloni will not necessarily take the top job for herself, and the government formation process often moves slowly.
What to watch: While Salvini and the 85-year-old Berlusconi have both come under scrutiny for their past praise of Vladimir Putin (just last week, Berlusconi said Putin had simply wanted to put “decent people” in charge in Kyiv), Meloni has backed sanctions on Russia and weapons exports to Ukraine.
- The next government will face significant economic headwinds and an energy price crunch over the winter. Recent history suggests it might not last all that long.