The stumble that Meloni encountered after a week of success

The stumble that Meloni encountered after a week of success
The stumble that Meloni encountered after a week of success


PARIS.– Successes at home are one thing, quite another in the rest of the world. That is the message that Giorgia Meloni probably received last night in Brussels during the informal dinner with her European partners where, determined to obtain several “top jobs” for her country in the future European Commission (EC), she was harshly put in her place by several of her peers.

“It is clear that in the new European Parliament There should be no support for the future president of the Commission based on far-right and right-wing populist parties.“, declared the German chancellor, the social democrat Olaf Scholz.

A very harsh warning confirmed by his colleague Donald TuskPolish Prime Minister and negotiator of the positions for the conservative European People’s Party (EPP) who, without wearing gloves, He reminded the Italian premier that conservatives, social democrats and liberals have sufficient numbers to decide without the support of the Melonian votes.

Meloni with other leaders during the informal summitGeert Vanden Wijngaert – AP

Openly left aside on the table, Meloni launched his expected counterattack: he decided not to support the candidacy of Ursula von der Leyen – despite her half-promise days before – for the position of president of the Commission, arguing that her government “does not accept pre-made agreements. We will talk in ten days,” she said, referring to the European Council that must definitively decide the names of those who will occupy the future “top jobs” of the European Union.

Actually, Giorgia Meloni tries to buy time to see what strength the two extreme right groups that will exist in the future Parliament will have.: Identity and Democracy (ID), made up of deputies from seven countries and including the National Meeting (RN) of Marine Le Pen or the Italian Lega of Matteo Salvini. And the European Conservatives and Reformists (CRE) which, among others, includes Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy.

Meloni’s group obtained 76 seats, which could increase if several of the 90 “non-registered” members decide to join the CRE. But none of them will be able to counterbalance the 190 deputies – out of a total of 720, that is, 26% of the chamber – of the EPP, a figure greater than the one it obtained in 2019.

The arrival at the summit of Donald Tusk, one of those who stood firm with MeloniVirginia Mayo – AP

The negotiations over Von der Leyen’s name have created unrest even within the CRE. The Poles from PiS and the Spaniards from Vox do not welcome an “encore” from Von der Leyen, while Meloni had spoken in favor, hoping to obtain some positions in the future Commission in exchange. Some hopes that last night seemed to be receding, adding impatience in his group allies.

“Last night’s dinner of the EU leaders already sealed a double failure by Giorgia Meloni relegated, even thrown into the cauldron of the unpresentable,” the newspaper wrote this Tuesday The Republic.

As Tusk stated, conservatives, socialists and liberals can override their votes to elect the main European officials: “And neither socialists nor conservatives want to make pacts with the Italian premier,” the Italian newspaper continues.

Meanwhile, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban makes efforts to unite all European far-rights into a single group. Difficult task due to the depths that confront them. For example, “yes or no” to Europe, to aid to Ukraine or to rapprochement with Russia. How to reconcile Meloni’s Atlanticist positions with the Putinian sympathies of Marine Le Pen, adding the Spanish extremists of Vox, the Polish reactionaries of PiS and, perhaps, Salvini’s Lega? This would surely take away even more political space for Meloni within the European scene at the time of the big maneuvers.

For The RepublicThe president of the Italian Council now finds herself at a crossroads: withdraw completely from the negotiations, thus returning to the arms of the most radical sovereignty or accept the situation and make their votes available ‘free of charge’ so as not to be excluded from the ‘big board’ of Europe at the time of the big maneuvers.”

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