Europe’s established political parties have failed their citizens. Energy prices are soaring because of politicians’ shortsightedness, illegal immigrants terrorize the streets of the continent’s ancient capitals, war is wreaking havoc in the East, and famine could be near. Meanwhile, the continent’s elected leaders are more concerned with pursuing the goals of the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset than in improving, or at best maintaining, the standard of living enjoyed by their constituents. In Italy, the establishment parties have received one of their harshest rebukes yet with the election of the country’s first female prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, who leads the right-wing Brothers of Italy party. At the Ron Paul Institute, Dr. Ron Paul explains the situation in Europe, writing (abridged):
Sunday was an historic election day for Italy. A conservative alliance with a populist flair absolutely trounced the technocrats who had been running the country into the ground for the past several years.
The previous prime minister, former Goldman Sachs banker Mario Draghi, implemented one of the most restrictive – and inhuman – Covid shutdowns, which, along with supporting economically suicidal sanctions against Russia, have left Italy an economic basket case.
Replacing the bland banker will likely be Giorgia Meloni from the right-wing Sons [Ed. note: Brothers] of Italy party. Meloni will be a first for Italy: the first female prime minister. But don’t expect the Left to celebrate it: her name cannot be mentioned in the mainstream media without reference to Mussolini.
Ironically, the democratic victory of Meloni and the rest of the Italian right likely owes a great deal of gratitude to one of Europe’s most undemocratic and anti-democratic leaders: European Union Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen.
On the eve of the Italian elections, the unelected von der Leyen warned Italians that if they voted for the “wrong” parties they would be punished. Asked about the surge of the political opposition in Italy on the eve of the elections, she warned Italian voters, “we will see the result of the vote in Italy. If things go in a difficult direction — and I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland — we have the tools.”
A few weeks ago Sweden threw its left-wing government out and Sunday the Italians did the same. While the political differences in Europe seem more cosmetic than substantive – for example Italy’s presumptive new prime minister supports weapons to Ukraine just like her predecessor – there is still a strong feeling of popular revolt against political elites in the air.
By Ron Paul, MD, Ron Paul Institute
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