The Italian Brotherhood Party (Fratelli d’Italia) led by Giorgia Meloni and its partner right-wing parties will form a new government in Italy, after securing a majority in both houses of Parliament.
International reaction to the election victory is divided. Within the European Union, there is concern about the policy the new government will pursue, confirms SVT EU correspondent David Poiti.
– He says the tension is related to them moving in a more authoritarian direction, challenging liberal values and making it more difficult to cooperate with the European Union.
“Sweden in the north, Italy in the south. Left governments are yesterday’s news”
Right-wing nationalist parties and politicians in France, Spain and Poland, among others, also expressed their happiness with the election results, as did Hungarian leader Viktor Orban.
“Bravo, Georgia,” Urban writes on Twitter, according to Reuters.
In Germany, the right-wing Alternative for the Right party welcomes its election victory.
“Sweden is in the north and Italy in the south. Left-wing governments are yesterday’s news,” MP Beatrix von Storch wrote, according to Deutsche Welle.
“A sad day for Italy”
From the left, the reception was even cooler. Iratxe Garcia, head of the S&D group in the European Parliament, believes it is a “dark day for Italy and Europe”.
The trend that appeared in Sweden two weeks ago has been confirmed today in Italy. It is a sad day for Italy and for Europe, difficult times lie ahead, says Enrico Letta, leader of the Italian Social Democratic Party.
Others express themselves more neutrally and make vague statements about hopes for continued cooperation.
“As neighbors and friends, we must continue to work together,” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in a statement.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he was “keen” to work towards common goals with the new Italian government. The European Commission wrote in a statement that it hopes for constructive cooperation with the new government.
Hear some Meloni voters’ reaction to the result in the clip above.
“Falls down a lot. Internet fanatic. Proud analyst. Creator. Wannabe music lover. Introvert. Tv aficionado.”