June 13, 2024

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European elections: Giorgia Meloni gets personal with Italy’s vote

European elections: Giorgia Meloni gets personal with Italy’s vote

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Comment on the photo, Giorgia Meloni has enjoyed flat ratings since becoming Prime Minister in 2022

  • author, Laura Josey
  • Role, BBC News, Rome

Italians will start voting on Saturday afternoon on the third of four days of European elections in which citizens in 27 countries will choose members of the next European Parliament.

Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni hopes the result will tighten its grip on Italian politics. She even urged voters to “just write Georgia” on their ballots.

Most European Union countries vote on Sunday, after a tumultuous few weeks in which two European leaders and several other politicians were physically attacked.

Leaders across Europe were united in shock over the latest attack, in the middle of an election involving 373 million potential European voters.

Last month, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico survived an assassination attempt and was only recently allowed to leave hospital. Many German political figures were also targeted.

These elections are not supposed to have an impact on national politics, but the reality is very different, especially in Italy.

Meloni, who leads the far-right Brotherhood of Italy party, is set to be prime minister in 2022 and took the rare step of putting her name at the top of her party’s ballot, even though she has no intention of taking office. A seat in the European Parliament.

In an attempt to reverse this trend, Salvini pushed his party’s rhetoric to the right.

The League’s election posters – denouncing all manner of EU-backed initiatives, from electric cars to plastic bottle caps – attracted some ridicule, but also a great deal of attention.

Image source, Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

Comment on the photo, Matteo Salvini’s speech matched his main candidate, General Roberto Fanacci.

Salvini’s main candidate, Roberto Fanacci, had the same effect. The army general was fired after he published a book in which he expressed homophobic and racist views. Since becoming the League’s candidate, he has redoubled his efforts with them.

Hardly a day goes by without the media amplifying Roberto Vanacci’s messages. That could translate into votes for the League, but if not, there could be trouble ahead for Salvini, whose leadership is beginning to be called into question.

The same scrutiny will be applied to the results of the left-wing Democratic Party, whose leader Ellie Schlein hopes to obtain 19% of the votes she won in the 2019 elections if she wants to remain in office.

To the left, all eyes will be on Ilaria Salles – the self-described anti-fascist activist, who has been detained in Hungary since 2023 on charges of participating in the beating of three far-right gunmen and belonging to a criminal association. She now runs on the Left/Greens platform.

Italians will be able to cast their votes until late Sunday evening when elections have already ended elsewhere in Europe.

Irish and Czech voters went to the polls on Friday.

Slovakia, Latvia and Malta will also vote on Saturday, while the Czechs will vote on the second day.

Several Czech parties from different political groups in the European Parliament have formed a joint candidate list as a “protective cordon” to confront populists from former Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ ANO party.

Germany is among the European Union countries that will vote on Sunday, and the latest opinion polls indicate that the center-right Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union may outperform the Social Democratic Party led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

His party is competing for second place with coalition partners the Green Party and the far-right opposition party Alternative for Germany. The AfD has been embroiled in a series of recent scandals over foreign interference, espionage and accusations of Nazism.

In France, which has the second-highest number of MEPs in Parliament after Germany, President Emmanuel Macron’s Ennahda party is also vying for second place with the rising Socialist Party under top candidate Raphael Glucksmann.

Both parties lag behind Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, which consistently receives approval ratings above 30%.

Macron called for a large turnout in a television interview on the penultimate day of the campaign, warning that “Europe has never been so threatened” by the rise of the right.

Other leaders adopted a similar urgent tone ahead of the Brexit vote.

Polls in Italy are scheduled to close at 23:00 (21:00 GMT) on Sunday.

A forecast will be issued shortly after, combining the first interim results from some EU member states with estimates for the rest.