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An alliance with Meloni could be a chance for democracy

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Giorgia Meloni (l.) and Ursula von der Leyen at the G-7 summit Giorgia Meloni (l.) and Ursula von der Leyen at the G-7 summit

Giorgia Meloni (l.) and Ursula von der Leyen on the G-7 summit

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The doubtless EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen ought to divulge heart’s contents to the right-wing nationalist ECR. Then a coverage will probably be attainable through which liberal-conservative positions can as soon as once more be clearly distinguished from red-green ones.

UOn Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen was nearly actually nominated once more as President of the European Commission by the heads of state and authorities. It was sufficient for the conservative camp (united at EU degree within the EPP) to succeed in an settlement with the social democrats (S&D) and the liberals (Renew). The conservative von der Leyen will develop into Commission President, the social democrat Antonio Costa will develop into Council President, and the liberal Kaja Kallas will develop into EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

“Good decision if Mrs von der Leyen gets a second term”

Green Party international coverage skilled Hofreiter believes a second time period for EU Commission President von der Leyen could be a “good decision”: “She was a good Commission President in many ways. She clearly stayed the course in supporting Ukraine.”

A traditional black-red-yellow coalition of the centre. But the acid take a look at awaits in mid-July within the EU Parliament, the place the German celebration wants a majority. Because there isn’t a celebration self-discipline, von der Leyen has three unhealthy choices there. Firstly, she is hoping for the black-red-yellow majority of the three centre events. Secondly, she is courting the Greens. Thirdly, she is opening as much as the right-wing nationalist ECR, which is dominated by Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

Von der Leyen ought to select the third various. Option one is just too dangerous given her slim majority. Option two would result in one other green-red-yellow-black coalition – and a blurring of political contours. That is extra harmful for democracy than cooperation with Meloni.

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Such an alliance could be a chance. It would then be attainable to have a coverage through which liberal-conservative positions would as soon as once more be clearly distinguished from red-green ones. Before the election, von der Leyen set three situations for cooperation with far-right events: they should be pro-Ukraine, pro-constitutional and pro-Europe. Meloni meets these situations. In distinction to the AfD, which was thrown out of its group within the EU Parliament due to its unpredictable, generally extremist positions.

You need to look carefully on the right-wing nationalist events as an alternative of creating blanket defamations. It is comprehensible that the left-wing events are demanding a firewall in opposition to the “right”. It limits the conservatives' room for maneuver – and forces them to make unhealthy compromises. Von der Leyen has the possibility to interrupt by way of this. And ought to achieve this.

https://www.welt.de/debatte/kommentare/article252205730/Ursula-von-der-Leyen-Ein-Buendnis-mit-Meloni-waere-eine-Chance-fuer-die-Demokratie.html