ER Editor: Regional elections took place in Italy on the 20th and 21st of September. The right won more regions than ever before, but you’d never know it from the MSM. Here are some key point from Alexander Mercouris‘ analysis:
- Italy is shifting to the right. Salvini had been pushed out of office last year. The 5 Star movement then went into an alliance with the old enemy, the Democratic Party, an establishment, pro-European party. Criminal proceedings were brought against Salvini for stopping a boat with refugees coming in. The media were talking as if he were finished.
- These regional elections show that the temporary period of the ascendancy of the left is over. Some regions have gone to the right that used to be left.
- But the media are censoring and reinterpreting the results. Campagnia and Tuscany are still controlled by the left, so the media used this to signal the ‘defeat’ of Salvini, but these regions couldn’t be won anyway.
- Best metric: Five years ago, the right-wing parties ran 3/20 regional govts. Now, they run 14/20.
- Some parties are now emerging that are more right-wing and Eurosceptic than Salvini’s Lega Nord. Which shows the current of opinion in Italy. So if Salvini doesn’t keep running in a Eurosceptic direction, others will in his place. It’s a warning to him.
- Salvini is bouncing back, contrary to the past year of being marginalized. We are returning to the situation that existed a year ago. His legal problems concerning the boat of migrants is not resolved and may go on for a long time. The legal case is quite absurd, so if it pushed too hard against him, it may go in his favor.
- He’s still on course for being a future prime minister; he’s still very popular.
- Italy is back in recession, and old EU deals made last summer are not helping. Salvini has everything to play for providing he keeps on a steady course.
Regional elections in Italy shows rise of Euroskeptic parties & Salvini in pole position
Italy: What The Media Won’t Tell You About The September Elections
An important regional electoral round took place in Italy on September 20 and 21 for Veneto, Liguria, Marche, Toscana, Puglia, Campania and Valle d’Aosta.
In Italy, the regions are more or less equal to the states in America, but with less powers. Among the seven regions in the election were the second in national economic importance (Veneto), the one with the first Italian naval port (Genoa, in Liguria), and the one with Naples, the “symbol” city of the South (Campania).
Immediately after the elections, the Italian newspapers began to repeat that for the center-right (roughly comparable to the U.S. Republicans) it was a defeat. In particular, it would have been Salvini’s League (which in the center-right occupies more or less the space than Trump’s base in the Republican party) to suffer the worst defeat. At this point “the osmosis factor”, so dear to the left-wing press, was inevitable: American left-wing journalists, who only read European left-wing newspapers, began to say that the Italian conservatives were defeated.
Too bad that the dreams of radical chic sitting in their golden East Coast palaces do not correspond to the truth.
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