Meloni’s party, Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy), won 26 per cent of the vote, while the other members of the alliance Lega, Forza Italia and Noi moderati, took 8.8 per cent, 8.1 per cent and 0.9 per cent respectively.
The MEPs, Katarina Barley (Vice-President of the European Parliament), Daniel Freund and Moritz Körner, wrote an open letter to Manfred Weber, the leader of the Christian Democratic European People’s Party (EPP), requesting that he threaten Forza Italia with being cast out of the EPP if the party does not rejects an “extreme right government” in Italy.
“The top candidate and party leader Giorgia Meloni represents right-wing populist positions that are not compatible with fundamental European values,” the letter reads, before also accusing Meloni of calling for discrimination against people and denying “the most atrocious crimes in European history”.
“Fundamental European values must not be sacrificed in order to buy government participation,” the authors added.
By all means, these MEPs may not be happy with the result – and at the loss of their Italian sister parties – but critics point out that disregarding an election result is surely an affront to democracy.
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“This is intolerable. Any sensible Italian can only indignantly reject the encroachment of the German writers and defend Meloni’s democratic mandate,” German political scientist Martin Höpner, research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, writes in Brave New Europe.