Many people around the world are in shock as right-wing Giorgia Meloni is set to become Italy`s first female prime minister. The leader of the euro-skeptic Brothers of Italy party won a clear majority in Sunday`s election.
Meloni was born in the place where everything started: Rome. A place on earth where everything was fine until Julius Ceasar was killed and Rome started to collapse. Now, thousands of years later, the Italian politician and journalist Giorgia Meloni is the new leader.
She`s been a member of the Chamber of Deputies in Italy since 2006, has led the Brothers of Italy (Fd) political party since 2014, and has been the president of the European Conservatives and Reformists Party since 2020.
Meloni joined Youth Front, the youth wing of the neo-fascist political party Italian Social Movement (MSI) in 1992. She was appointed Minister of Youth in the Berlusconi IV Cabinet, a role she held until 2011. In 2012, she co-founded Brothers of Italy (Fd) and became its president in 2014.
She is a right-wing populist and Italian nationalist, and her political positions have been described as far right. She is opposed to abortion, euthanasia, and to partnerships, marriages, and parenting by same-sex couples, instead asserting that nuclear families are exclusively headed by male-female pairs.
Opposed to the reception of non-European migrants and multiculturalism, she has been accused of xenophobia and Islamophobia. A supporter of NATO, she maintains Eurosceptic views regarding the European Union and she was in favor of better relations with Russia before the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, which she condemned, pledging to keep sending arms to Ukraine.
In 2004, Meloni was the first woman president of Youth Action, the AN youth wing. During these years, she worked as a nanny, waitress, and bartender at the Piper Club, one of Rome’s most famous nightclubs.
Meloni`s policy is more like Trump`s; Italians first. She also has an anti-immigration policy. Many people around the world are worried that her leadership could have a huge impact on other places around the world. Because Meloni and Italy are not alone.
Salvini, Berlusconi, and Meloni led their right-wing alliance to election victory, and people around the world react to it. Right-wing Marine Le Pen was one of the first to congratulate Meloni on the win, and she tweeted:
«The Italian people have decided to take their destiny into their own hands by electing a patriotic and sovereigntist government. Congratulations to Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini for resisting the threats of an anti-democratic and arrogant European Union by obtaining this great victory!»
The Kremlin said Moscow was open to developing «constructive» ties with Rome. «We are ready to welcome any political forces that are able to go beyond the established mainstream, which is filled with hate for our country… and show a willingness to be constructive in relations with our country,» Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Balazs Orban tweeted this: «Congratulations to Giorgia Meloni, Matteo Salvini, and Silvio Berlusconi on the elections today! In these difficult times, we need more than ever friends who share a common vision and approach to Europe`s challenges.»
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki congratulated Meloni and hailed the Italian far right`s «great victory.» Poland`s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party and the Brothers of Itlay are both parts of the right-wing European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group.
Former prime minister Beata Szydlo tweeted: «I`m glad that a party from the ECR group is assuming responsibility for yet another European nation.» Other Polish governing politicians highlighted the overlap between the two parties, including their emphasis on Catholic family values.
«The EU right is growing stronger….. We will defeat the communists, leftism, and the LGBT lobby. Everyone who is ruining our civilization,» Deputy Agriculture Minister Janusz Kowalski said on Twitter.
Deputy Justice Minister Michal Wojcik said Meloni`s victory was a «defeat» for European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, calling her a «representative of anti-democratic forces in the EU.»
Juergen Hardt, a lawmaker and foreign policy expert for the conservative Christian Democratic Union in Germany (CDU), said he was troubled by the «openly post-fascist statements» of Meloni and the «hair-raising positions» of her fellow Brothers of Italy party members.
«Racism and the exclusion of minorities can no longer have a place in Europe,» Hardt told the DPA news agency. Hardt said Berlusconi, who is nearly 86 years old, had acted as kingmaker in order to share power once more.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States looked forward to working with Italy`s new government but would encourage respect for human rights. « We are eager to work with Italy`s government on our shared goals; supporting a free and independent Ukraine, respecting human rights, and building a sustainable economic future,» Blinken tweeted.
«Italy is a vital ally, strong democracy, and valued partner,» Antony Blinken said.
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Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares warned on Monday that populist movements always surge during difficult times but always end badly in response to the election results.