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Italy’s Right-Wing Victory: Shock and Rage Across European Political Class, Mainstream Media

Italy’s Right-Wing Victory: Shock and Rage Across European Political Class, Mainstream Media

Germany’s state-run DW News: “Italy’s shift to the right is dangerous for EU.” 

The spectacular victory of Giorgia Meloni’s right-wing alliance in Italy has triggered a wave of outrage and disbelief among Europe’s political elites and the mainstream media establishment. In Sunday’s general election, the Meloni-led three-party bloc won over 44 percent of the votes and secured a majority in the parliament.

Many European commentators feared that Italy’s next government could block key European Union projects, such as keeping Europe’s borders open to third-world immigrants and stripping the member nations of their sovereign rights.

While it is easy for unelected EU commissars to harass small countries like Hungary and Poland, bullying Italy — EU’s founding member and the bloc’s 3rd-largest economy– will be a different ball game for Brussels.

“Italy’s shift to the right is dangerous for EU,” Germany’s state-run Deutsche Welle rightly worried.

The German broadcaster recalled Meloni’s words during her campaign:

Meloni blasted the European Union as an incompetent monster and promised that the “fun” was “over.” She said she would represent Italy’s interests in the European Union, and insisted that EU law should not stand above national law.

Media reports confirm that the nationalist victory sent tremors across Europe’s ruling political class. German weekly Der Spiegel carried the headline, “Italy voted, Europe is Shaking.”

“For the first time the neo-Fascists are taking control of a government in a large EU country,” the most influential German news magazine panicked.

German newspaper Die Tageszeitung reported the news with the Italian headline: “Disastro italiano.”

Slamming Italy’s likely next prime minister, the German daily commented that “Meloni has never made a secret of her reactionary, staunchly nationalist view. The paper also accused her of standing up for family values as she railed against ‘gender madness.'”

It might get more challenging for illegal immigrants, primarily sturdy men from the Middle East and North Africa, to land on the shores of Italy, Die Tageszeitung feared:

The tide will turn against the migrants, as they did in 2018-19, when then Interior Minister Salvini implemented the “closed ports” policy. Meloni, on the other hand, is even talking about a naval blockade on the refugee ships in the Mediterranean. Her vision is that of an ethnically pure, white Italy — just a few years ago she spoke of the supposedly impending “ethnic replacement”.

The mainstream media was equally enraged to see a woman lead the right-wing charge against the woke establishment.

“The election of Italy’s fascist-adjacent Giorgia Meloni is a public reminder that women can be just as awful as men,” the UK newspaper Guardian came to the stunning conclusion.

Displaying how low the journalistic standards have fallen in the British establishment media, the newspaper proclaimed that women were “just as awful, just as evil or just as hopelessly shit as men.”

Listing Meloni’s “crimes,” the Guardian went on a vile rant:

Meloni is a radical ultraconservative who opposes gay adoption, fetishises idealised confections of a “traditional” family unit she did not herself grow up in*, associates refugee arrivals with “crime and prostitution” and rallies against the influence of those eternally slippery, hazily undefined “globalists”.

(*Meloni was raised by a single mother after her father abandoned them when she was two years old.)

EU, Europe’s Political Elite in Panic Mode

The French government showed some measure of restraint in commenting on the election result in the neighboring country.

The French newspaper Le Monde reported the official French reaction:

Can a political earthquake in Italy cause an after-shock tremor in France? The day after the triumphant victory of Giorgia Meloni, leader of the post-fascist party Fratelli d’Italia, in the Italian legislative elections, the French government was showing great caution. “I am not going to comment on the democratic choice of the Italian people,” explained French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne (…)

But the low-key French reaction was an exception, the newspaper explained:

The reaction of the French administration is a notch below the reaction from its European neighbors. Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares stated that “populism always ends in disaster.” A German government spokesman expressed that Berlin expects Italy to remain “a country very much in favor of Europe.”

Germany’s ruling socialist-led coalition was alarmed by the election outcome. “German politicians of differing political hues reacted with concern” over the victory of the right-wing bloc in Italy, Germany’s state-controlled Deutsche Welle reported Monday.

Noting the collective shock across the German establishment, Deutsche Welle added:

Katharina Barley, a vice president of the European Parliament and a member of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD), was concerned that Meloni would align herself with Hungary and Poland. Leaders of both countries have clashed with Brussels over the issue of rule of law, with Hungary keen to dilute sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s Russia. (…)

Members of the SPD’s two junior coalition partners also said they were anxious about the likelihood of Meloni coming to power.

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, of the neoliberal Free Democrats (FDP), echoed the sentiment that decision-making processes at the EU level could be made more difficult. “It is becoming more and more laborious,” Lambsdorff told the German public broadcaster ARD on Monday, referring to the issues of migration, financial reform and the internal market.

Omid Nouripour, the co-leader of the environmentalist Greens, Germany’s other junior coalition partner, described the election results as “worrying.”

The European Right “Rejoices”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcomed the election results with a Facebook post saying: “Bravo, Giorgia!”

France’s Marine Le Pen-led Rassemblement National (RN) party, Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), and Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) congratulated their Italian sister-party Fratelli d’Italia (FdI) on the stunning victory.

“We rejoice with Italy,” senior AfD politician Beatrix von Storch declared.

France’s Le Pen warmly cheered the election outcome, saying that “the Italian people have decided to take their destinies back in their own hands” against “an anti-democratic and arrogant European Union.”

The Italian people have given the EU a “lesson in humility,” NR party’s acting president Jordan Bardella said.

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I saw her speech on immigration (sub titles). She is a very strong speaker. I’m impressed.

It seems to take very little to unhinge the Euro political class. They have a glass jaw. Each election that unhinges the Eurotrash brings the continent…yes I know…to the inevitable clash between freedom and power. Same goes here in North America. The political class is a real threat to the freedom of the population. The freedom of the population is a threat to the power of the elites.

Char Char Binks | September 27, 2022 at 9:34 am

I wish her well. At least the Italians, like the Japanese, weren’t thoroughly turned to self-hatred after their loss in WW2, unlike the Germans and the British.

Queen Ursula has “tools” she said

Probably same “tools” the EU has used so well against Putin

    JHogan in reply to gonzotx. | September 27, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Also, there are the ‘tools’ Justin Castro used to put down his peasant uprising. The ones Klaus “You will own nothing and be happy” Schwab’s disciples helped create. International financial institutions can be used to ‘punish’ Italian voters for not voting correctly.

    MattMusson in reply to gonzotx. | September 27, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    If they have such powerful tools, then why are they letting the entire European economy melting down?

      henrybowman in reply to MattMusson. | September 27, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Because their tools are good only at bringing pressure to bear against people — not against ineluctable economic, physical, and social laws.

Hopefully, right-wing in the American frame that is libertarian, and not right-wing as in the traditional model that is Antifa.

    ConradCA in reply to n.n. | September 27, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    The truth is that the only thing that defines political organizations is their respect for liberty. Ie tyranny or freedom. The tyrannical political organizations use different lies to justify the evil they do, but these lies are irrelevant. What matters is how they respect the liberty of their citizens. Consider Russia, there is no significant difference between the Czarists and the Communists. Both elites had a small ruling elite who lived much better than the ordinary citizens and had no respect for liberty.

SeekingRationalThought | September 27, 2022 at 10:33 am

““The election of Italy’s fascist-adjacent Giorgia Meloni is a public reminder that women can be just as awful as men,” the UK newspaper Guardian came to the stunning conclusion. You’d think that the moron’s would have figured this out from the disaster Angela Merkel created in Germany..

    I haven’t heard her say anything to be considered fascist. To the left, God, family and country first will always be fascist. If that is fascist, consider me in. I’m tired of the word play where words have no real defined unmovable meaning..

This woman isn’t any more right-wing than I am. It’s just more media name-calling.

The EU Opposed Her.

Italy Embraced Her!

I vote with Italy.

She’s for God, Family, and Country, so that makes her a fascist according to the warped ruling class in Europe and America.

Sounds more like the Boy Scouts when I was a kid.

Does anybody know how this new coalition stands on Israel?

Some rightists like Orban are strongly pro-Israel, while other like Marine LePen – not so much.

    JackinSilverSpring in reply to Eric R.. | September 28, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Marine LePen is labeled as being a rightist, but unless she has changed her position on imposing socialism, she is not. She can best be described as a national socialist, and I don’t mean that pejoratively. I would label her a leftist.

The peasants are getting uppity. We can’t have this. Something must be done. They must be reminded of and put in their place.
— Europe’s New Socialist Aristocrats.

Oh, and Poland isn’t that small. With the UK out, it is the 5th largest population, 5th largest economy, and 3rd largest military in the EU.

Leftists fear being replaced.

It has always amused me that those who label others as a reactionary never pause to consider that if they themselves hadn’t pushed too far, too fast, beyond the capacity of the culture and society to adapt much less accept the revolutionary changes they imposed that there wouldn’t be any reactionaries.

Most people the world over want the same sort of things; safety in their community, security of their Nation, a sound economy, better prospects for their children and freedom from oppression. When they don’t get those they push back against the current regime.

I wish I saw a better prognosis than all of you. Italy depends too much on the EU and they can be bullied. Why do you think the immediate threat of sanctions came down prior even to the election results?

I predict that the EU will bully Italy around and the misery created by that bullying will lead to the election of a more pro-EU ideological wave just to appease their overlords. You all have way too much faith in Italian independence. The EU basically owns Italy’s economic prosperity. It really is a shame as they tend to be nice, passionate, and interesting people.

Here’s something I hadn’t considered. A Tweet from Benny Johnson:

This woman just *smashed* the glass ceiling in Europe’s oldest country.
Meloni is the first woman to lead Italy, yet I can’t find a single article celebrating her achievement in the “pro-woman empowerment” American corporate media.
Odd
Almost like our media are bullsh*t frauds

I’m so old, I remember when countries were trying to get into the EU … because they thought it was better for them, in their own terms.

If the EU’s advice and guidance is so good, why do so many push back at it?

“Meloni is a radical ultraconservative who opposes gay adoption, fetishises idealised confections of a “traditional” family unit she did not herself grow up in”

The idiot who wrote that couldn’t understand that perhaps Giorgia Meloni feels that way BECAUSE of her origins and her instinctive understanding that the “traditional” family is the best means to raise healthy and happy children.

I like how the leadership of the EU makes no attempt to disguise the fact that they actively intervene in elections of member States to influence election outcomes and, before the votes are even cast, threaten to punish that country if they have the temerity to elect the *wrong* candidate.

And then they wonder why Populist parties are gaining support all across Europe.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | September 28, 2022 at 3:54 am

While Giorgia Meloni is on target about WHAT the Western left are doing, she is wildly incorrect about WHY they are doing it. They are NOT trying to turn us into consumers (which would be a good thing, BTW). The Western Left HATES human consumption. They are anti-industry … anti-human. And none of this has anything to do with “financial speculation”, which is a perfectly good and important part of a modern economy. Meloni does not seem to understand that the Western Left are just self-hating nihilists bent on destroying advanced civilization.

Suburban Farm Guy | September 28, 2022 at 8:18 am

Cope.

When all is said and done, European Leftists/Globalists/American Dumb-o-crats are simply reflexively hostile to politicians whom they can’t control, who don’t worship at the altar of the political establishment, and, who aren’t members of said establishment.

That’s why the vile and totalitarian Dumb-o-crats and media (but, I repeat myself) possess such an unhinged and irrational hatred of President Trump, and, it’s why they (and, European Leftists) similarly hate Viktor Orban and Giorgia Meloni. Which means these leaders are all doing something right.