Italy: AfD celebrates election victory of post-fascist Meloni – EU politicians worried

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Politicians from the German AfD, the right-wing national Rassemblement National from France and the Polish PiS congratulated Giorgia Meloni on winning the elections in Italy. According to initial projections, the Roman woman and her radical right-wing Fratelli d’Italia were clearly the strongest party in the parliamentary elections and, with a right-wing alliance in the two chambers, also won the absolute majority of seats.

“We’re celebrating with Italy!” Wrote AfD member of parliament Beatrix von Storch on Twitter late on Sunday evening. Her party colleague Malte Kaufmann tweeted: “A good day for Italy – a good day for Europe.” Referring to the recent elections in Sweden, in which the right was also successful, von Storch wrote: “Sweden in the north, Italy in the south: Left-wing governments are so yesterday.”

Congratulations also from Le Pen party in France

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Twitter “Congratulations @Giogia Meloni”. French MEP Jordan Bardella from Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (RN) wrote on Twitter that the Italians had given European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen “a lesson in humility”.

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The German politician said last week that her agency had “tools” if Italy, under a right-wing government, failed to comply with EU rules. “No threat of any kind can stop democracy,” wrote the RN party leader. “The peoples of Europe raise their heads and take their destiny back into their own hands.” (dpa)

MEPs warn of Meloni government in Italy

Leading MEPs, meanwhile, are warning after Italy’s general election. “Giorgia Meloni will be a Prime Minister whose political role models are Viktor Orban and Donald Trump,” said Katharina Barley (SPD), Vice-President of the European Parliament, the “world”.

The election victory of the alliance of right-centre parties in Italy is therefore “worrying”. Meloni’s “election tactical lip service to Europe” could not hide the fact “that it poses a threat to constructive coexistence in Europe,” Barley warned. With her, the autocrats would get “a lobbyist in the Council, i.e. the representation of the 27 EU member states, to throw a spanner in the works of the EU”.

EU politicians on Giorgia Meloni: “She can become a disaster for Europe”

For the co-leader of the European Greens, Thomas Waitz, the foundation and the common values ​​of the EU are in danger “if Italy, as the EU’s third-largest economy, should be governed by a coalition of post-fascists and far-right parties”. The EU can only function if it sticks together, for example in cooperation on the energy markets, in decisions on sanctions against Russia or in dealing with the Corona crisis, the Green politician told the “Welt”.

Meloni, on the other hand, would “rely on national solo efforts, it can be a disaster for Europe,” warned the politician from Austria. In addition, under Prime Minister Meloni, “there is a great risk that Italy will slide back into a debt crisis”. He fears that the entire euro area could then come under pressure.

Criticism of Meloni: “More people will die on the Mediterranean”

That is why MEPs Barley and Waitz are calling on Italy’s Christian Democrats not to support former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, Meloni’s Fratelli d’Italia party and Matteo Salvini’s right-wing nationalist League. Even after the electoral victory of the right-wing camp in Italy, the focus must be on the common interest, they demanded. “We need a pro-European government in Italy and that certainly cannot be a government under post-fascist Meloni,” Waitz said.

Criticism of Meloni was also voiced by German MPs. “Under Italian Interior Minister Salvini, the number of deaths in the Mediterranean rose significantly. His isolation policy had direct deadly consequences,” wrote Julian Pahlke, member of the Bundestag for the Green Party, on Twitter. “If the ultra-right alliance wins in Italy now, more people will die in the Mediterranean.” (das/dpa/afp)

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