The already reeling European political establishment suffered a crushing blow to its soft underbelly with the Italian elections. Anti-EU, populist, and nationalist parties had a strong result, with the pro-immigration "center-left" parties reaching historic lows. However, as no coalition won the 40 percent needed to avoid a hung parliament, there might just be another election in a few weeks.
Needless to say, the Main Stream Media shills are screeching to high heaven.
The poll is being closely scrutinized by European leaders who are concerned
by the increasingly euro-skeptical sentiment and fearful of any instability in the Eurozone's third-largest economy.
If projections are accurate, the result means that Italy could be plunged into months of further political deadlock that could have broader implications for Europe — both the League and the Five Star Movement
are anti-EU parties.
One of the main issues in the election has been the surge in undocumented immigrants entering Italy, one of the main entry points into Europe from migrants from Africa and Asia.
The narrative around immigration took a darker turn after a man linked with neo-fascist political parties apparently went on a shooting rampage targeting African migrants in the town of Macerata. The incident fueled serious political debate about how the country is reconciling its fascist past.
Judging from the election results, the "serious political debate" wasn't about historical guilt-tripping, but how to get all these non-European invaders out of Italy. While reporters, enemies of free speech that they are, want Italy's government to repress opponents of mass immigration the same way as does Merkel's Germany
, Italians obviously do not believe their country should be turned into a province of Africa simply because it makes white-hating journalists feel good.
Significantly, CNN conveniently left out a case which shocked Italy and which likely had a major impact on the election results. This was the recent murder and dismemberment of a young Italian girl, interpreted by many as part of a wave of crime by Nigerian immigrants [Italian criminologist says ruthless Nigerian mafia is 'colonizing Italy,'
by Thomas Williams, Breitbart,
February 15, 2018].
The center-right coalition under Silvio Berlusconi won the most seats but not enough to form a government. Interestingly, Lega (formerly Lega Nord
) looks like it will win more votes than Berlosconi's party, Forza Italia. It almost won more than the center-left Democratic Party [Exit poll shows the Italian election is heading for a hung parliament,
by Holly Ellyatt and Matt Clinch, CNBC,
March 4, 2018]. Lega's leader, Matteo Salvini, is very happy.
(He's also a Trump fan.) [Trump meets with Italy's Northern League leader Salvini, 'Total Agreement, on Immigration, by Thomas Williams, Breitbart, April 26, 2016]
Steve Bannon suggested an alliance between the Five Star Movement and Lega would be the "ultimate dream" for populists. While unlikely, it is now a possibility, and would certainly be the ultimate nightmare for the EU. The real question is whether the Five Star Movement wants to participate in government at the national level, or whether it intends to remain in more or less permanent opposition.