European Union ready to 'cooperate' with far-right Meloni government
The new head of the Italian government, Giorgia Meloni, was sworn in on Saturday morning with members of her government.
The European Union, initially resistant to the rise to power of the extreme right in Italy, has said it is ready to “cooperate” with the eurosceptic government of Giorgia Meloni, who has sworn in Saturday and is due to take office on Sunday.
Congratulations to Giorgia Meloni on her appointment as Prime Minister; She's the first woman to get the job, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted. I count on constructive cooperation with the new government in the face of the challenges that we must face together.
Same story from the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola.
These reactions in chorus of the three main European institutions contrasted however with the deafening silence of the great European capitals Berlin, Paris and Madrid.
The very conservative Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a pet peeve of Brussels, was one of the only leaders Europeans to congratulate Mrs Meloni, hailing a great day for the European right.
It was under the ornate Roman Quirinal Palace that Ms. Meloni and her 24 ministers – only six of whom were women – swore to uphold the Constitution and the laws before President Sergio Mattarella.
Here is the government team that, with pride and sense of responsibility, will serve Italy. Now to work, she then launched in a tweet accompanied by the official photo of the government.
A government photo of Giorgia Meloni
The 45-year-old Roman, who won a historic victory in the legislative elections of September 25, succeeded in demonizing her post-fascist party Fratelli d'Italia to come to power exactly a century after Mussolini, of whom she was an admirer.
The transfer of power between Mario Draghi and Giorgia Meloni will take place on Sunday morning and will be followed by the first Council of Ministers.
His government will have to focus above all on the many challenges, mainly economic, that await, starting with inflation and a colossal debt representing 150% of gross domestic product (GDP), the highest ratio in the eurozone after Greece.
Ms Meloni and her coalition partners, the populist leader of the Antimigrant League Matteo Salvini and the declining leader of Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi, have an absolute majority in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.
< p class="e-p">The composition of the new government reflects the desire to reassure Rome's partners, worried about the coming to power in Italy, the founding country of Europe, of the most vulnerable head of government. right and the most eurosceptic since 1946.
Before the elections, Ursula von der Leyen had also caused an outcry in Italy by evoking the instruments at the disposal of Brussels to sanction possible attacks on the democratic principles of the EU in the event of victory of the extreme right.
The appointment to Foreign Affairs, with the title of Deputy Prime Minister, of the former President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, a member of Forza Italia, and that of Giancarlo Giorgetti, a representative of the moderate wing of the League, already Minister in the outgoing government of Mario Draghi, for the Economy, should reassure Brussels.
At a time when the third largest economy in the euro zone is facing the energy crisis and inflation, the task of the new Prime Minister promises to be difficult, especially since she will have to ensure the unity of her coalition, which is already showing cracks.
MM. Salvini and Berlusconi are reluctant to accept the authority of Giorgia Meloni, whose party won 26% of the vote in the elections, against only 8% for Forza Italia and 9% for the League.
Herself an Atlanticist and in favor of supporting Ukraine in the face of Russia, Ms. Meloni had to face this week the controversial remarks of Mr. Berlusconi, who claimed to have reconnected with Vladimir Putin and who blamed kyiv for the war.
The new head of the Italian government, Giorgia Meloni, flanked by Silvio Berlusconi (left) and Matteo Salvini (right)< /p>
Statements with the worst effect which forced him to correct the situation on Wednesday by affirming that Italy is fully part and with its head held high in Europe and NATO.
A message heard loud and clear in Washington and kyiv. US President Joe Biden said on Saturday he looked forward to working with the new prime minister to continue our support for Ukraine and hold Russia to account for its aggression.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Twitter that he was looking forward to continued fruitful cooperation to ensure peace and prosperity in Ukraine, Italy and the world.