European elections: Italy nonetheless behind Meloni | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Lhe night couldn’t be “more beautiful”, proclaims Giorgia Meloni in entrance of euphoric supporters. Where, in France and Germany, the executives are mistreated, in Rome, the President of the Council triumphs. After the closing of the polling stations, evening had already fallen on the Peninsula, the Brothers of Italy got here out effectively forward of the European elections with practically 29% of the votes and a minimum of twenty-four elected officers prepared to go away for Strasbourg.

In reality, Romaine's occasion has established itself because the main political drive throughout the group of European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR). But, above all, the “Fratelli d’Italia” (“Brothers of Italy”) improved their rating obtained within the 2022 legislative elections by virtually three factors. “They saw us coming but could not stop us,” mentioned proudly, late at evening, the muse of the Italian radical proper.

A Europe that’s too “distant”

A victory with a really private style for the Romaine who had made the guess to current herself as head of the record in all of the electoral constituencies: a novel case for a head of government throughout the Twenty-Seven. A selection which successfully reworked this European election into an actual take a look at of recognition on a nationwide scale for Giorgia Meloni, twenty months after her accession to energy.

But with the President of the Council on the high of all of the polls and after a marketing campaign in minimalist mode – a gathering for the opening and one for the closing and a handful of TV interviews – doubt had crept in barely inside of the Fratelli employees, a number of days earlier than the opening of the voting cubicles. Will the voters be there? Verdict: partly.
READ ALSO Italy: Giorgia Meloni, devilishly intelligent

The Brothers of Italy got here first in 4 of the 5 Italian constituencies, however confronted with traditionally excessive abstention – one in two registered voters abandoned the polling stations – 600,000 Melonist voters are lacking at present, in comparison with the triumph of autumn 2022. The fault lies in a Europe that’s too “distant”, justifies Giorgia Meloni, who additionally sees a name from the Italians “for more pragmatic policies , less ideological and crazy, like the Green Deal.”

The Italian heart left recovers voters

Nothing to taint the victory of the boss of the chief, who imposes her mark a bit of extra on the center-right coalition. Behind the Meloni practice, his two allies-competitors have been relegated to the battle for the function of quantity 2 of the bulk. Slight benefit, Monday June 10, to the chief of Forza Italia and present Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani – registered with the European People's Party –, who’s a brief head forward of the elected representatives of the League and achieves the feat of holding alive his occasion, a 12 months after the dying of its founder, Silvio Berlusconi.

Matteo Salvini, for his half, is struggling a brand new flight from his voters and solely appears to owe his political salvation to the nice efficiency of his sulphurous candidate Roberto Vannacci, former common of the Army and future Euro-parliamentarian.

On the opposition facet, the Democratic Party (PD) can pop the champagne. After a marketing campaign centered on the bottom, the Italian heart left managed to get better 200,000 voters for the reason that collapse of 2022 and, with 24% of the votes, thus lowered the hole with the Brothers of Italy. “The message is clear: Giorgia Meloni, we are coming,” says PD common secretary Elly Schlein, stuffed with problem.

Gone are the times of diplomatic isolation

With a big contingent of parliamentarians and, in actual fact, reconfirmed as a number one determine within the household of European conservatives, Giorgia Meloni is aware of that her voice will depend in the case of shaping the longer term majority in Brussels and distributing seats to positions. keys of the Commission. Gone are the times of diplomatic isolation.

With the Brothers of Italy, “our nation has once again become a major player in all European and international dynamics,” promised the forty-year-old on the finish of the marketing campaign. But for now, the tenant of the Chigi palace intends to play for time. There isn’t any query of clearly saying the colour relating to potential assist for a second time period of Ursula von der Leyen on the helm of the Commission.

“It is too early to give an answer, we are still collecting data to understand the possible majorities”, most popular to kick in contact, Monday morning, on the airwaves, the one who nonetheless goals of imposing her mannequin of coalition of Italian rights at European degree.

The “strongest” authorities within the G7

Not a phrase, nevertheless, on Emmanuel Macron's huge guess, even when, in his clan, some don’t conceal their satisfaction on the announcement of the anticipated legislative elections in France. “A government different from that of Macron would necessarily be good news,” says the World Francesco Lollobrigida, Minister of Agriculture and brother-in-law of the pinnacle of the chief.

Giorgia Meloni prefers to give attention to the scores of the National Rally and Marine Le Pen, who shared along with her the electoral laurels on the entrance pages of many Italian dailies Monday morning. “It seems to me that Marine Le Pen’s result was very important,” she confided. And to proceed, with warning: “The path she follows is very interesting and demonstrates what is happening in France and in other European countries: to what extent the government parties have suffered and that is why our result is Very important. »

READ ALSO Chaos, the new political normal in France and EuropeIn recent days, some media, a bit pessimistic, had already assured that the G7, which opens Thursday in Italy, would have provided a political diversion of choice in the event of an electoral setback for Giorgia and her Brothers. In the end, it wasn't the case: it was full of enthusiasm that Meloni boarded the plane heading to Puglia for a major diplomatic rally alongside Joe Biden, Pope Francis and Volodymyr Zelensky.

Not to mention a few European figures who were quite weakened after the European election in the people of Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz, also expected on the peninsula. In Borgo Egnazia, a whole new match awaits the leader of the radical right who will try to secure an agreement between Washington and the European Union on the use of frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine. But since Sunday, “Italy can present itself at the G7 and in Europe with the strongest government of all”, boasts Giorgia Meloni at present.