ITALIAN ELECTIONS: Eurosceptic Parties Claim Decisive Victory In Italian Uprising Against EU
Eurocrats look set to wake up to their worst nightmare today as exit polls in the Italian general election showed an across the board surge for eurosceptic populist and anti-immigration parties, especially the Five Star Movement and Northern League, and a massive collapse in support for the Europhile Democratic Party and its centre-left allies. Eurosceptic parties vote share was projected to pass the 50% as Italian voters flooded to the polls to reject pro-EU parties.
Italy: Eurosceptic majority confirmed: 5 Star Movement (EFDD) and Lega (ENF) together reach about 49% of vote share. Plus the right-wing FdI (*) they reach well over 50%. #Elezioni4Marzo2018 #elezioni2018
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) 4 March 2018
The M5S was projected to win somewhere between 124 and 134 seats in Italy’s lower house of Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies and between 63 and 73 seats in the Italian Senate. Meanwhile, Silvio Burlesconi’s Forza Italia was predicted to win between 56-66 Deputies 26-36 Senators, exactly the same number as the Northern League. Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party whose defeat in a constitutional referendum ushered in the end of his government meanwhile faced humiliation. Mr Renzi proudly proclaimed a vote for him would be a vote for the United States Of Europe – voters in Italy clearly have rejected his vision.
However, despite looking likely to emerge as the largest Party, the role that the M5S government will have in government is unclear. The centre-right bloc led by Mr Berlusconi looks set to produce the next governing bloc as a hung parliament looms large on the horizon. However, Alfonso Bonafede, a close ally of 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maioy said that the M5S will be a “pillar” of the legislature.
The political situation is extremely fluid with a complicated electoral system adding to the uncertainty. However, what is clear is that we are witnessing in Italy yet another populist uprising against the EU and the authoritarian dream of a ‘United States of Europe’ has been dealt a crushing and potentially terminal blow.