Italy: Conservative alliance leads in voting intentions
Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Fratelli d'Italia party
Silvio Berlusconi, in a controlled skid over Ukraine, and Matteo Salvini, at loggerheads with Brussels, made the buzz on Friday, two days before the legislative elections, while the favorite Giorgia Meloni wrapped up a flash campaign in the poor south.
On the left and on the right, all the tenors of Italian politics held their last campaign rally on Friday in the hope of mobilizing their base and seducing the 20-25% of undecided voters before Sunday's election. , for which the far-right-dominated alliance is given the favourite.
Meloni, leader of the post-fascist Fratelli d'Italia (FdI) party, has chosen Naples, the major southern city, where she hopes to win votes from the 5 Star Movement (M5S) which had sucked up much of the clearing vote of 2018, but has since lost ground, weakened by its participation in the last executives.
I am a patriot, she launched in front of several hundred supporters gathered on the seafront, reserving her final attacks to the left, accused of spitting on the beach. ;Italy.
At 45, this Roman whose party is the only one to have refused to join Mario Draghi's government of national unity inspires confidence in her supporters: everything she says, she does, Leone Carmelo, a 71-year-old cook from Trento in the north, told AFPTV.
Ex-head of government Giuseppe Conte's M5S, however, remains popular in the south, where millions of poor people benefit from citizen's income, a minimum that only those in the south. he put in place in 2019 and which the Conservatives want to remove.
Even if the polls give Meloni a big lead, the game is not completely done, warns Franco Pavoncello, of John Cabot University in Rome. For him, the M5S, credited with 11%, will do better than expected.
Silvio Berlusconi for his part caused an outcry by believing that Vladimir Putin had been pushed by his population and the pro-Russian forces of Donbass to invade Ukraine, while denouncing an unjustifiable war and reaffirming his support for the country. NATO, EU and USA.
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The leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, demanded an apology or the resignation of Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission who spoke of the instruments available to Brussels to sanction possible attacks. to the democratic principles of the EU.
If things go in a difficult direction, I spoke about Hungary and Poland, we have instruments, warned Ms von der Leyen on the sidelines of a trip to the United States.
We will see the outcome of the elections, we also just had an election in Sweden won by the right with the support of the extreme right: My approach is that whatever government is democratically elected, we work together, she also underlined.
Matteo Salvini sharply retorted on Friday: What is a threat? Shameful arrogance. Respect the vote, free, democratic and sovereign of the Italian people! Friends of all, servants of no one, he tweeted.
Italy deserves respect, threats and blackmail three days before the vote are unacceptable from someone who should represent all of Europe, he said later during the of a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Commission's representation in Rome.
Protest against Ursula's statements von der Leyen
We expect an apology from the Italian people. Either it's the apology that comes or it's the resignation, he concluded.
Same echo from the vice-president of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi's party which has formed an alliance for this election with the League and Fratelli d'Italia.
Von der Leyen's statements are interference in the campaign, Antonio Tajani ruled.
These remarks two days before the elections, perceived by many in Italy as a warning, could be counterproductive, analysts believe.
Italians react negatively to lessons from abroad, explains Flavio Chiapponi, from the Department of Political Science at the University of Pavia.
In addition Stéphane Séjourné, secretary general of Renaissance, the party of French President Emmanuel Macron, was in Rome on Friday to support the centrist alliance, given between 8 and 10%.
The prospect of a victory for the sovereignty camp in Italy feeds fears, in Brussels, but also in Paris, explained the MEP to AFP . France could unfortunately be a political catalyst for electoral purposes and be the privileged target of criticism of the future executive.
We can see how the nationalist and populist system works, you need both an internal enemy and an external enemy.