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Italy. Parliamentary elections, victory for the right-wing Italian Brothers party. Professor Jan Zielonka comments

We don’t know who this Giorgia is. Is she a militant far-right politician, or will she now try to enter European salons as a centrist leader? This will only show the future – commented on TVN24 political scientist, Professor Jan Zielonka, the result of the Sunday parliamentary elections in Italy and the victory of the right-wing bloc led by the Giorgii Meloni Brothers group.

According partial results the right-wing bloc, composed of the Brothers group, is definitely leading Italians Giorgia Meloni, the League of Matteo Salvini and Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi. According to the RAI survey, the coalition won 41-45 percent of the vote, enough to secure a parliamentary majority.

From the left Silvio Berlusconi, Giorgia Meloni and Matteo SalviniJacopo Landi / NurPhoto / Getty Images

Jan Zielonka emphasized that he was not surprised by these results. When asked what to expect from the new government, he replied that “Meloni is now posing as a very pragmatic and moderate politician.” – At the same time, she said many other things in the past, and in her youth she was already an activist of the neo-fascist party. We don’t know who this Giorgia is. Is she a militant far-right politician or will she now try to enter European salons as a centrist leader? It will only show the future – he assessed.

“Meloni obviously does not work in a vacuum,” he added. – Italy is the most indebted country in Europe and very dependent on European Union aid, so its anti-European rhetoric has recently been toned down – said the TVN24 guest.

Giorgia MeloniEPA / ETTORE FERRARI

– The whole idea, a policy that is based on national dignity, tradition and family, has many subtexts that do not exist in Europe, such as policy against sexual minorities or, as she herself says, gender ideology – he pointed out.

“I suspect Berlusconi will have a lot of people telling her.”

Zielonka emphasized that “no wonder that Meloni has very good relations with the current ruling party in Poland”. – The truth is that her political relationship is mainly with Viktor Orban and Jarosław Kaczyński or Mateusz Morawiecki, and not with Olaf Scholz or Emmanuel Macron. And we’ll see how it works out in practice. She would have to swallow many of her views from the past to get along with them – he added.

The whole conversation with professor Jan Zielonka about the result of the elections in Italy

The whole conversation with professor Jan Zielonka about the result of the elections in Italytvn24

Speaking of the Meloni coalition partners, Zielonka said that “the drama of Berlusconi, and Salvini in particular, is that Meloni won 26 percent of the vote and they only got eight with a fraction.” – She is much stronger, but does not have the background that has the experience to rule. You have to look very carefully who it will appoint to government positions, because it is a huge mystery. And I suspect that here, especially Berlusconi, will be prompted by many people, because he has had this background for years – he added.

Main photo source: Jacopo Landi / NurPhoto / Getty Images

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