Italy swings right in momentous election despite attempts to paint nationalist parties as fascist

Italy’s widely anticipated swing to the right in elections on Sunday has alarmed globalists on both sides of the Atlantic, as Europe’s liberal leaders face rising backlash over mass immigration and the mounting economic burdens of the war in Ukraine.

The rise of Giorgia Meloni, an unapologetic nationalist and Italy’s first female prime minister, came just days after one of the leaders in Meloni’s alliance, former PM Silvio Berlusconi, appeared to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Ukraine doubts

Berlusconi, the president of the center-right Forza Italia and a former friend of Putin’s, said that Putin invaded to put “decent” people in charge in Ukraine.

“Putin was pushed by the Russian population, by his party and by his ministers to invent this special operation,” he said.

Later, Berlusconi apologized and said that his party will “always be with the EU and Nato.” But the left pounced, with Enrico Letta of the center-left Democratic Party saying that “the happiest person would be Putin” if the right came out on top in the election.

Forza Italia, Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, and the right-wing Lega, led by Matteo Salvini, ended up capturing 44 percent of the vote. The right’s success was anticipated by liberals aligned with NATO and the European Union who warned such an outcome would undermine “democracy” and unity against Russia.

The snap election had been called after the collapse this summer of a “unity” government led by Mario Draghi, a former EU banker who has taken a hard line against Russia.

Globalists panicking

While Meloni has pledged to support Ukraine, her right-wing allies have sounded a different note. Salvini has criticized sanctions on Russia as too burdensome for Italians, who like many Europeans are suffering under soaring energy costs.

The election results are the latest sign of right-wing momentum in Europe after an anti-immigrant party rose to power in Sweden earlier this month.

As the Italian right surged on the eve of Sunday’s election, globalists in Brussels threatened to interfere, with EU commissioner Ursula von der Leyen warning that there are economic “tools” that can be used in case Italy moved in a “difficult direction.”

Meloni, an ardent traditionalist and nationalist whose party’s slogan is “God, Family, Country,” has been widely portrayed in the Western media as a fascist. Her party has ties to a defunct faction that was founded by supporters of Mussolini.

In the end, it appears that Italians were more concerned with the problems of their own country than the media’s political labels, and they voted accordingly.