Europe’s right wing cheers Meloni’s win in Italy, as others look on nervously

POLITICO - CAMILLE GIJS - SEP 26, 2022 -

Europe's right celebrates Giorgia Meloni's projected win in Italy's election | Vincenzo Nuzzolese/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Top politicians react to Italy’s seismic result, which ushers in most right-wing government since Mussolini.


Europe’s right wing is cheering Giorgia Meloni’s projected win in Italy’s election. Everyone else is looking anxiously at what happens next.


Meloni is set to lead Italy’s most right-wing government since Benito Mussolini after the coalition led by her Brothers of Italy party won around 44 percent of the vote on Sunday.


On Monday morning, top European politicians began to react to Italy’s seismic result.


French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne didn’t comment directly, but underlined the importance of European governments respecting democratic values, in remarks that could aggravate the new leadership in Rome.


Speaking on French radio, Borne said: “What the president of the Commission is saying is that in Europe, we have a certain number of values and that, obviously, we will be attentive […] to the fact that these values on human rights, on the respect of others, notably the respect of the right to abortion, are respected by all.”


She added that von der Leyen was “in her right” to recall that “in Europe, we have values. Each state must be in line with these values, on the rule of law, on human rights, on the respect of the right to abortion.”


Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares, from the Socialist party, took a stronger approach, and said that “populism always ends in catastrophe.”


“It is a moment of uncertainty and in moments of uncertainty, populisms always acquire importance and always end in the same way: in catastrophe,” he told the Spanish press.


Right-wing politicians, on the other hand, welcomed Meloni’s victory. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who has been at loggerheads with Brussels, congratulated Meloni.


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