On Sunday, the news broke that Italy had made history by electing its first female prime minister — conservative Giorgia Meloni. The news broke that Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI), Matteo Salvini’s League (Lega), and three-time former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italy are poised to reclaim power in the country’s parliament, joining other conservative EU nations such as Poland and Hungary in Western Europe.
The three party leaders are considered “Italeavers,” the country’s version of Great Britain’s conservative “Brexit.”
The right-populist coalition last ran for office in 2018, but the breakout stars of that election were the left-populist Five Star Movement (M5S).
Salvini’s League, which came in second, ultimately formed a coalition government with M5S, with Salvini taking up the post of Minister of the Interior and drastically reducing illegal immigration — and, consequently, drownings — by, for the most part, closing Italy’s ports to NGOs operating migrant transport ships in the Mediterranean.
This government had collapsed by 2019, however, the M5S replacing the League with the left-establishment Democratic Party (PD) — a coalition which allowed illegal immigration to soar once again before it also collapsed amid the fallout of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, giving rise to a technocratic government.
Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, the weakest party of the right-wing coalition in 2018, securing under five per cent of the vote, was the only coalition member — indeed, the only major party in Italian politics as a whole — to oppose this technocratic government, and in particular the harsh restrictions and mandates imposed on the unvaccinated, which Meloni denounced as “state blackmail.”
Meloni is strong against illegal immigration into the country and opposes the “Islamisation” of Italy, among other key conservative policy positions. The reclaiming of Italy by conservatives is a turning point for the country and the world as leftists see doom on the horizon in many other elections.
Pope Francis weighed in Sunday while giving Mass, saying, “I’d like to ask Italy: More births, more children.”