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Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Italian voters send an unmistakable message
The following article appeared in
Powerline on March 4th
“Italians registered their dismay
with the European political establishment on Sunday, handing a majority of
votes in a national election to hard-right and populist forces that ran a
campaign fueled by anti-immigrant anger. The election. . .was widely seen as a
bellwether of the strength of populists on the continent and how far they might
advance into the mainstream. The answer was far, very far.” So reports the
New York Times.
The Times has it right. The European
political establishment has let Europeans down to a far greater extent than the
U.S. establishment has let Americans down. Americans “registered their dismay”
by electing Donald Trump. We should not be surprised when Europeans register
theirs in even less uncertain terms.
Muslims depart Libya for Italy
Italy is ground zero for one
significant aspect of the European immigration problem. Africans are streaming
into the country. The political establishment seems indifferent to this
The election results are the Italians
response to the indifference, along with their discontent with the EU.
According to the Times, “far-right and populist forces appeared to gain more
than 50 percent of the vote in Italy.”
As is so often the case in Europe
these days, though, no party or coalition appears to have won enough support to
form a government. Thus, it may take weeks of bargaining to determine who will
lead the next government and who will be in it.
Often these muddles produce a
coalition that freezes out right-wing and populist parties that have performed
well in the election. However, that doesn’t seem likely in Italy. As the Times
says, it will be difficult to form a government “without the insurgent Five
Star Movement, a web-based, populist party less than a decade old.”
That’s as it should be. The Five Star
Movement obtained almost one-third of votes cast, more than any other party.
Its focus is on “anti-corruption,” but opposition
to immigration played a major role in its campaign rhetoric and party
leaders have at times called for the immediate expulsion of immigrants.
Moreover, a coalition of other
anti-immigration parties — the League party, the Forza Italia party of Silvio
Berlusconi (considered by some to be Trump before there was Trump), and the
neo-fascist Brothers of Italy — collected close to 40 percent. Significantly,
the League, which is considered further to the right than Belusconi’s party and
makes immigration its overriding issue, was the leading vote-getter within this
coalition, at about 18 percent.
Combine the League’s vote with Five
Star’s and you’re very close to 50 percent.
More Muslim tourists headed for Italy
European populist parties are a mixed
bag. However, few of them are conservative in the American sense and most are
unsavory to one degree or another. (the Five Star Movement, for example, is
said to be sympathetic to Putin; other populists parties are clearly
neo-fascist). That’s why it is so disappointing that more mainstream European
parties throughout much of Europe have created major opportunities for the
populists by not taking a harder line on immigration.
In France, the clever Emmanuel Macron
has learned this lesson. He’s become an immigration hardliner in word and, to
some extent, in deed.
Ironically, France’s harder line has
come at Italy’s detriment, at least according to the Times. France has
basically locked its doors to the African immigrants, leaving them stranded in
Italy, where the government has been loath to send them back to Africa and slow
to prevent illegal entry.
Italians have now sent a clear
message that the new government, whatever its composition, must not be as