Is Salvini doing well in Italy?

Salvini or worse

If tomorrow were to be elected in Italy, Lega and Fratelli d’Italia would collectively receive almost 45 percent of the vote, the two right-wing and ultra-right, post-fascist or fascist or right-wing populist parties. The definition is difficult and should be left to scholars. For the situation in Italy it is rather uninteresting, since these two parties are in any case the "most right" that the parliamentary landscape has to offer.

According to the polls, the Lega, which is currently part of Prime Minister Mario Draghi's coalition, has 23.6%, making it the strongest party at all. Fratelli d’Italia, the only opposition party, is 18.8%. The right-wing parties are led by Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni, who come from relatively different political backgrounds but often hold similar positions.

Matteo Salvini from Milan, born in 1973, comes from the northern Italian secession movement. Its most distinctive feature is probably that it can represent a wide variety of positions without blinking an eye - sometimes at the same time. He was sometimes against and sometimes for the EU and the euro; he was in a coalition with the Five Star Movement, which he also described as completely unreliable or even "communist". He's not against vaccinations, but he has also claimed that they pose a great risk to young children ... The list goes on and on.

Salvini could therefore be described as unideological, but better as opportunistic. Only his positions towards migrants, Roma and Sinti and homosexuals have hardly changed. He would like to deport all "gypsies" without Italian citizenship, and for years he walked around with a large bulldozer on his T-shirts to show what he would most like to do with their settlements. The migratory movements to Europe, so Salvini, obeyed an international conspiracy with the aim of replacing the Europeans with Asians and Africans; The homosexuals also belonged to a conspiracy aimed at destroying families and the "natural order". The Lega boss likes to appear with a rosary in hand, but has been reprimanded from Catholic circles for abusing religion for propaganda purposes.

The Roman Giorgia Meloni, born in 1977, on the other hand, comes from the neo-fascist youth movement and has passed through the various fascist successor parties one after the other. Silvio Berlusconi brought her into his fourth government as the youngest Italian minister, but when he supported the executive branch of EU Commissioner Mario Monti in 2012, she formed her own party. Her political role models, she declared at the “God, Honor, Land” conference in Rome in 2020, are the former American President Ronald Reagan and the Polish Pope Karol Woytila. She advocates a presidential republic and would like to abolish the Italian national holidays of April 25th (liberation from Nazi fascism) and June 2nd (republic day) because they are "divisive and not unifying".

She would find November 4th (anniversary of Victory in World War I) much more appropriate. Your party has close ties to neo-fascist groups in Italy, although formally it always distances itself from them. She is very well networked with all right-wing extremist parties and organizations in Europe and worldwide and is currently chair of the European Conservatives and Reformers in the Strasbourg Parliament. Journalistic studies have shown that Fratelli d’Italia is also financed by right-wing US groups, such as Steve Bannon, a former adviser to Trump.

Both ultra-right parties have a very similar reading of Italian Mussolini fascism, which for them is a "historical phenomenon" that has nothing to do with today. They are of the opinion that "fascism and anti-fascism" are outdated categories and that one should rely on national unity and "pacification" instead of forever pecking at history. - As I said, should there be elections in Italy tomorrow, it would be very possible that these two parties, perhaps together with the remnants of the Berlusconi party Forza Italia, would form the government majority. One cannot imagine what that would mean.

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