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The Left-wing in Italy is responsible for the election of a fascist party

How the failures of an entire political establishment and the ability of a woman have brought the first far right government after WW2 in Italy

By Youssef Salem


Photo courtesy via Wikimedia Commons


After 25th September’s General Elections, the centre-right coalition (the Conservatives) has won for the first time in Italy since 2008; they did not only win, but they dominated the polls by reaching nearly 44% of preferences. The coalition was able to achieve this immense result mainly thanks to the far right party Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) and its leader Giorgia Meloni, who is now set to become the first woman Prime Minister in the country’s history.

The entire political establishment has failed to deliver promises and programs and, through history, it has been full of scandals, corruption, investigations

Despite having to give Meloni and her party credits for winning - as they have been consistent and firm throughout their years in the opposition and they have set up a nearly perfect campaign - a great amount of responsibility rests on the shoulders of the entire political establishment. Throughout the years, it has failed to deliver promises and programs and, through history, it has been full of scandals, corruption, investigations, and in most cases it has shown an impressive unsuitability to take on Government posts.

The left-wing parties have single-handedly given the election away to their opponents

While Meloni’s allies Salvini and former Prime Minister Berlusconi are getting on the Winners’ wagon, they are reluctant to admit that in these results they were defeated too. They have both reached just above 8% of consensus which sets them as 4th and 5th party overall. On one hand, Salvini might have reached the final stop of his political career, as Italians and the members of his party have finally understood the his opportunistic nature, as he has often been a disgusting example of modern politics. The other, Berlusconi, is still running for Parliament despite all the scandals and trials that have seen him involved. His only final battle is to try and clear his name with what he proposes as a reform of the justice system.

Despite the clear far-right ideology behind some points of their program, Meloni was the only candidate who presented herself as a standout leader with a clear program

While Meloni was doing an immense job in reaching her result, the left-wing parties have single-handedly given the election away to their opponents. Divided into two main coalitions, and without a clear language to get their ideas through to the core of the electorate, what members of the public expected after years of false promises, unmet expectations, and government failures, was a leader who would represent a new wave for the nearly dead Italian left. Nobody really answered the call, and they now find themselves as a minority in both Houses of Parliament


The question that a reader might ask now is: are Italians fascists?


No, Italians are not fascists. Italy is a conservative country, but it has left fascism in the past without dealing with it. The truth is that despite Fratelli d’Italia’s symbol containing the tricolour flame (symbol of the neo-fascist movements), all the episodes of fascist symbolism by some members of the party, and despite the clear far-right ideology behind some points of their program, Meloni was the only candidate who presented herself as a standout leader with a clear program. During an energy crisis, after years of looking for somebody to drag the country out of its perpetual sleep, Italians have once again put their trust on a new leader. Will she be able to manage the expectations? Will she be able to navigate through the madness of Italian politics and govern for a full term?



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