Macron panics over ‘worrying far-right’ surges across EU ahead of Italian election

Italians will head to the polls on Sunday, September 25, after Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s national unity government was brought down by party infighting in July. Polls have consistently shown that a rightist coalition led by the nationalist Brothers of Italy party and also involving Matteo Salvini’ s League party and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia is on course for a clear victory. Source: Macron panics over ‘worrying far-right’ surges across EU ahead of Italian election

FULL STORY – After the collapse of Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s national unity cabinet in July due to party infighting, Italians will vote on Sunday, September 25 to elect a new government.

According to polls, a right-wing alliance including Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, Matteo Salvini’s League, and the nationalist Brothers of Italy party is on track to win the election handily. The most likely person to become Italy’s first female prime minister is Giorgia Meloni, who is the leader of the Brothers of Italy.

Together with Sweden’s freshly elected government, her party is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament, which is anti-euro.

But Ms Meloni has also gotten support from French friends in Strasbourg’s Identity and Democracy group.

Major Brand Discounts

Jean-Paul Garraud, a French member of the European Parliament, told EURACTIV France that he hopes the two groups will work together to make an anti-European alliance that is stronger.

He stated: “In Italy, we are seeing what we are seeing everywhere. The popular will is going in the same direction, and there’s nothing extreme about it. It’s democratic.

“The general political evolution of Italy seems to me obviously very favourable. Especially since we have many friends in ECR. The idea, of course, is to form a large group.”

“But there are subjects on which it will be more difficult when we talk about immigration or societal issues, abortion.”

Similar to other European nations, the problem is that the cost of living in Italy has eclipsed other issues including immigration, crime, and public services.

The conservative coalition has asked for general tax cuts to help Italians deal with rising costs, while the PD wants tax cuts to be more specifically aimed at people with lower incomes.

After Russia invaded Ukraine, Ms Meloni often expressed her support for Western strategy towards Russia. The leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, has asked the European Union to protect Italians from the bad economic effects of the sanctions put on Russia because of the invasion. 

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