“We’ll see (what happens). If things are going in a bad direction -I already talked about Hungary and Poland- we have instruments“.These words Ursula Von der Leyen, announced at a symposium at Princeton University last Thursday, caused so much controversy in Italy (and other member states) that its spokesman was forced to correct him a day later. “It is absolutely clear that the president did not interfere in Italian elections“, he assured.
Whether they were intentional or the subconscious result of betrayal, the truth is that von der Leyen’s remarks reveal the European Commission’s concerns about the post-fascist declaration of victory Georgia Melloni, in the company of Ultra Matteo Salvini.In Brussels, they worry The new Italian government joins and strengthens the illiberal axis that now forms Poland and Hungary. Contrary to what the president insists, the EU has yet to find these tools Stop the authoritarian tendencies of Budapest and Warsaw or their obstacles to European integration.
and Mario Draghi As prime minister, Italy has returned to the centre of the European stage, almost on a par with France and Germany.former president European Central Bank (ECB) is the initiator of the Italian recovery plan with 191.5 billion euros of next-generation funds.Draghi also played a decisive role Eradicate ties between Rome and Moscow After the outbreak of the Ukrainian war, and designed the first round of strong sanctions against the Kremlin.
In stark contrast to Draghi’s centrality in the EU, Meloni’s European conservative and reformist groups, the radical right-wing Eurosceptic coalition. Its members include the Polish ruling party, Law and JusticeBrussels has filed numerous lawsuits for attempting to oppose judicial independence; this Sweden Democratswhich became the country’s second political force after the September 11 elections and will be part of the new government; or Vox.
Meloni and Salvini (belonging to Far Right Group Identity and Democracy in the European Parliament, with Marine Le Pen) hides admiration for the Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor OrbanThe Italian brothers and La Liga both voted against when the European Parliament approved on September 15 that Hungary was no longer considered a full democracy but an “electoral dictatorship”. “Orban has won elections multiple times, and by a wide margin, with the rest of the constitutional arches allied with him,” Melloni said.
The future Italian Prime Minister Vox electoral bill for the Andalusian elections in Marbella on June 12“Either you say yes or you say no. To the natural family, not the LGBT lobby. To gender identity, not gender ideology. To living culture, not to the abyss of death. To universality is the cross, Say no to Islamic violence, say no to securing borders, say no to mass immigration, say yes to our civic jobs, say no to big international finance. Yes to the sovereignty of the people, no to the bureaucracy in Brussels‘, he shouted. During the campaign, Meloni told Effie that he hoped his victory would open the way for Spain’s Vox.
“Georgia Melloni’s Victory will undoubtedly strengthen the EU’s Eurosceptic and illiberal axis. The most obvious risk to Brussels is the unstoppable “normalization” of the far right. The rise of Giorgia Meloni is inseparable from the latest achievements in Sweden and, most importantly, the continuous progress of Marine Le Pen, who has almost taken up the space. mainstream politicians”, he explained to EL ESPAÑOL Carme Colomina, Principal Investigator at CIDOB Barcelona.
during the election Meloni tries to show softer emotions, less combative with the EU, decidedly Atlanticist, trying to appease international partners and markets. After all, Italy (with debt over 150% of GDP) relies on next-gen funds and ECB coverage to finance itself without soaring risk premiums. While he has said he wants to revise Draghi’s recovery plan, he has pledged he will do so if agreed with Brussels.
In the midst of a bitter electoral battle, however, the future Italian prime minister has spoken out what she has always been really thinking. “In Europe, everyone is worried about Melloni’s presence in government, they say, what will happen? I’ll tell you what happens, the “deal” will end, Italy will start defending its national interests like other countries and then seek a “common solution”,” said in an election debate.
“Right-wing coalition will be soft on EU rule of law debate And will join the ranks of member states unwilling to exert strong pressure on Poland and Hungary. A right-wing government would not be keen on EU institutional reforms that could weaken national sovereignty, such as extending qualified majority votes to more policies (such as sanctions), as proposed by Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Schultz. ”, writes Luigi Scazzieri, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform.
However, with strong internal divisions on these issues, Italy’s foreseeable alliance with Poland and Hungary will face many difficulties in changing the EU’s stance on the war in Ukraine or energy issues. Orban wants Rome’s new government to back him to ease sanctions on Russia. Salvini or Silvio Berlusconi might be in favor, but not Meloni (or he said during the campaign). But the war created an insurmountable gulf between Budapest and Warsaw: Polish law and justice government demands tougher on Moscow, not less.
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