Giorgia Meloni will become the hottest national leader in the world tomorrow (Picture: goodcountry.org )
Europe's unelected authoritarian ruler, Ursula von der Leyen, is not going to be happy: according to early exit polls out of Italy, the right-wing bloc of Giorgia Meloni - which the ultra-left wing press just can't stop comparing to Mussolini - is set for a historic, if largely expected, victory and a clear majority which will propel Meloni to the top of the Italian government as the country's next prime minister. Her Brothers of Italy party won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, according to an exit poll released by Italian national broadcaster Rai. She would require approval from junior partners in her coalition to assume the role.
European Commission president von der Leyen has been accused of interfereing in Italian democracy when on Thursday (22 Sept 2022) on a trip to the United States just days ahead of Italy’s national election on Sunday, she said: “My approach is that whatever democratic government is willing to work with us, we’re working together,” but added: “If things go in a difficult direction, I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland, we have tools.”
League leader Matteo Salvini reacted with anger to the statement, saying the statement sounded like a threat: “These are disgusting words, the threatening tone is unacceptable,” he said, accusing the EU Commission chief of making an attempt to influence or even blackmail Italian voters, Il Giornale reports.
Frau von der Leyen, is not going to be happy tomorrow morning: according to exit polls carried out for Italian news organisations, the right-wing bloc led by Giorgia Meloni - which Europe and the USA's ultra-left wing press just can't stop comparing to Mussolini (who was actually a socialist,) - is set for a historic, if widely predicted victory and a clear majority in Italy's national assembly which will see Meloni installed as Italy's first female Prime Minister and head of the Italian government. Her Brothers of Italy party appears to have won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections by a comfortable majority, according to an exit poll released by Italian national broadcaster Rai. Meloni would require approval from junior partners in her coalition to assume the role but is is extremely unlikely her ascent will be challenged.
According to the Rai exit poll, Meloni's alliance which includes Matteo Salvini's League and Berlusconi's Forza Italia will win around 43% of the vote. The Center-Left alliance will have just 25.5%-29.5% of the vote, while the 5 Star movement has 13.5%-17.5% of the final vote.
Italy’s electoral system, which strongly favors parties that run as part of a coalition, is expected to help the right to gain a majority in both houses of Parliament: with 228 votes in the Lower House and 115 seats in the Senate (according to SkyTG24), Meloni will have a majority as just 104 votes are required.
The WSJ mistakenly reports the Italian election is "the first big test of the European Union’s political cohesion as it confronts Russia’s attempt to redraw the continent’s post-Cold War order. In fact Sweden's swing to the right in an election earlier this month that saw the ruling Social Democrats thrashed by a centre right, Eurosceptic, anti - immigration coalition was also influenced by the multiple crises triggered by the EU's support for Ukraine when most northrern EU member states are dependent on Russia for their energy needs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s restriction of natural-gas deliveries has sparked an energy-price crunch that, combined with other inflationary pressures, is expected to push much of Europe into a recession this winter."
All in all it will be interesting to see if the EU can survive the tough months ahead.