Socialist and Democrat (SD) leader in the European Parliament Iratxe García has described the victory of far-right Giorgia Meloni in Sunday’s elections in Italy as a “dark day” for both the transalpine country and the rest of Europe.
“Meloni’s post-fascism arrives in Italy hand in hand and in alliance with Forza Italia, a member of the European People’s Party, and the League of Identity and Democracy. It’s a dark day for Italy and Europe,” García wrote on Twitter after the right-wing bloc led by the Brothers of Italy secured a majority in both chambers of parliament.
However, the Socialist MEP wanted to stress that the Democratic Party in Italy would “lead the opposition” and for this would have the support of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament.
“We will work together for an Italy firmly anchored in European values and a common path at a delicate moment for the country and for our Europe,” García concluded in a second message written in Italian on the social network.
Meloni’s 2012-founded party, with its roots in the Italian Social Movement (MSI) founded by supporters of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, won 26.5 percent of the vote, which is reported to be more than 90 percent of the tally. The far-right Matteo Salvini League has received nine percent and Forza Italia, led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, eight percent.
Enrico Letta’s Democratic Party followed in second place with 19.4 percent; In third place is the 5 Star Movement, led by Giuseppe Conte, with 14.8 percent of the vote. This would mean that the right-wing bloc made up of the parties of Meloni, Salvini and Berlusconi would achieve an absolute majority in both chambers.