The next Italian Prime Minister is going to be a nightmare for the EU
“Super Mario” is gone. Yesterday Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi accepted his fate and finally left the Chigi Palace with his resignation. With this, Italy is set to hold elections for a new government on September 25, 2022.
These elections will set a new precedent for Europe. Years of bonhomie between Brussels and Rome could come to an end because the next Italian Prime Minister is someone the EU never wanted.
On July 21, Italian Prime Minister Draghi resigned following the fall of his government of national unity. However, he will remain in office with the caretaker role. But for now, Italy is preparing to hold elections on September 25.
It’s the first time in 100 years that there will be elections in the fall. Well, amid rising inflation and the Russian conflict in Ukraine, the downfall of Draghi’s coalition in the euro zone’s third-largest economy was fairly certain.
People were not happy with the events that took place in the aftermath of the Ukrainian war and this is visible in several opinions which indicate that there was opposition to Draghi’s 5 star coalition. The Italians are now looking to induct a far-right conservative in place of Mario Draghi, and that will surely be very bad news for the West and the EU, in particular.
Could Giorgia Meloni be Italy’s next PM?
Meet her is Giorgia Meloni, who founded the right-wing Brothers of Italy party with other RW politicians in 2012. She has been a vocal critic of the 5-star coalition and is the leading candidate for the post of Prime Minister in Italy. .
For the first time since 2008, the Conservatives are leading the Italian elections. The Italian Brotherhood and other conservative parties are leading in opinion polls. According to a poll by YouTrend and Cattaneo Zanetto & Co., the Meloni-led coalition of the League party, Forza Italia, and Brothers of Italy could win 221 of 400 seats in the Lower House and 108 of 200 in the Senate. .
Moreover, Meloni’s party is currently in the lead with the support of more than 22% of voters. The chances of his victory in the snap elections are very likely. With this, she could become the first woman to hold the highest position.
His victory and the return of the conservatives to Italy could mark the end of the bonhomie between the EU and Italy.
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She could be a nightmare
Since the beginning of the war, the EU has blindly followed the tone of NATO and the United States to come to the aid of Ukraine. But, because of this, their savings took a toll. Italy, especially under Draghi, suffered greatly. With Meloni, the scenario could change.
The election of Giorgia Meloni as Prime Minister would be a nightmare for the European Union. Unlike Draghi, Meloni has been a vocal critic of most EU policies. Meloni, as chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) party, has become the face of Europe’s far right abroad.
She has been a strong critic of EU migration policy and has consistently supported calls for a zero-tolerance policy on illegal migration.
In 2020, she criticized Germany for Euro Cash demands and pointed out that she was taking a page from US President Donald Trump in his campaign to put his country’s interests first.
But where it gets interesting is that she has a very different line on Russia. Lately, she has definitely reprimanded Russian aggression in Ukraine, but has she always been anti-Russian? Absolutely not.
Meloni was one of the few Italian politicians to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election in 2018.
Meloni would insist on a more pragmatic approach to the EU and Ukraine given the growing anti-Ukrainian attitude in Italy, where an Ipsos survey indicates that more than half of Italians refuse to provide aid to Ukraine. It is highly likely that Meloni will not allow more aid to flow into Ukraine.
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Thus, in the next 65 days, Italy could see a return of the conservatives to power. Therefore, relations with Russia could improve during Meloni’s tenure. It would also undoubtedly boost the conservative EU bloc and it would be a nightmare for the liberal EU at this point.