ROME Roman family man Valerio told me this week that he believes by Giorgia Meloni to be Italy’s only option.
An alternative to what, I asked him.
– That we could get out of a situation where we can no longer afford to live, he answered.
The feeling that things are only changing for the worse is quite dominant when talking to Italians on the streets.
People say they can’t afford their electricity and gas bills. In a situation where there is a corona crisis and an economy that has already collapsed for a long time, it is difficult to see a way out.
For Italians, the most important themes in Sunday’s parliamentary elections seem to be those that directly touch their wallets: the price of energy, work and the economy.
The leader of the Italian Brothers party has been able to best answer the concerns Giorgia Meloni. According to the latest opinion polls, his far-right party is about to receive (you switch to another service) 25 percent of the vote and winning the election on Sunday.
Value-conservative Meloni has received achieved a small miracle: he has raised his small party, which was struggling from the roots of fascism, to the popularity of the people in a few years.
As recently as three years ago, an Italian professor of political science called the party “the party of Roman taxi drivers” in my interview.
In the 2018 parliamentary elections, the Italian brothers received more than 4 percent of the votes. It has benefited not only from the position of the opposition and the difficult-to-manage crises of recent years, but also from the difficulties of other parties in the country.
The winner of the last election, the populist Five Star Movement, also promised Italians change. However, it ran into problems after entering government with traditional parties. Popularity began to decline, and in Sunday’s elections, the party only received 13 percent support.
On the other hand, the right-wing populist La Lega, which won the European elections in 2019, has suffered its leader Matteo Salvini political misjudgments. In the summer of 2019, Salvini overthrew the government, imagining that new elections would be organized in the country, which he would win.
This did not happen, and Salvini’s credibility faltered. Lega is on the verge of joining the government, but joins Meloni on the wing.
The Italian left is also badly divided, and the Democratic Party could not even form a lasting electoral alliance with other like-minded parties before the elections. The party is worried about the second place in the elections, but campaigns enthusiastically.
The problem with the left is that even their election theme resonate with young voters (you switch to another service) better than the right wing, they have no interesting leaders to offer. Young people in particular are predicted, based on polls, to stay home in these elections.
Meloni is an experienced politician, and his hard-faced charisma appeals in Italy.
During his election campaign, he has filled the squares from north to south. At his events, he often shouts red-faced for his nationalist goals. The words pride, honor and fatherland are repeated in his speech.
– If the French pursue their own interests and the Germans pursue theirs, why wouldn’t Italy pursue its own, Meloni said at a campaign event in Sicily’s Palermo on Tuesday.
In his speeches, Meloni criticized the EU for being too heavily influenced by Germany, aid organizations rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, and mandatory corona vaccinations. He also goes against the EU defending the Prime Minister of Hungary (you switch to another service) Viktor Orbán and has also previously opposed the sanctions imposed on Russia after the annexation of Crimea.
In recent months, Meloni has changed his positions related to Russia, condemned the war in Ukraine in clear words and said that Italy is committed to EU sanctions.
Meloni to his voters promises lower taxes (you switch to another service)increases subsidies and help for families with children in the energy crisis from the EU-wide gas price ceiling.
So there are many Italians who want Meloni to lead the country after next Sunday’s elections.
Then there’s the other side, terrified of what a Meloni-led Italy would become.
They are the part of the country that supports liberal values. At least minorities are concerned about their own rights – for example, gender and sexual minorities and immigrants.
Meloni promotes Christian, conservative values and opposes, for example, the adoption right of gay couples. He has strained relations with both the American Christian right and the Vatican’s old cardinals.
The Italian brothers are in the Marche region when ruling as well narrowed women’s right to abortion. (you switch to another service)
One topic of discussion is also the background of the Italian brothers. It has been born from the ashes of neo-fascist parties.
However, Meloni has said no for fascist nostalgia, be in his party (you will switch to another service) room. Still, the party’s logo has a flame in the color of the Italian flag, which many associate with fascism. The party also has representatives who there are established connections (you switch to another service) to neo-fascist movements and who have openly glorified Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini time.
Meloni has worked hard to make his party appear in the eyes of the EU and the rest of the world to be salon-worthy and ready to lead Italy out of endless crises.
Many people think, (you switch to another service) will Meloni’s more moderate line still be maintained if he gets a hold of power.
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