“The earthquake in Italy caused tremors felt up to the White House”. This is what Politico writes of the reaction in Washington to Giorgia Meloni’s victory in the 2022 political elections, “which increases fears of a new right turn in the continent that is facing economic difficulties and is nervously watching the war taking place on its eastern front” .
A victory that “was greeted with concern within President Biden’s administration”, adds the well-known US political news site, underlining that this concern remains “confidential”, while in public statements arrived yesterday from the White House and the Department of State expressed “confidence that Italy will remain a solid partner of the West”.
What worries the White House is the fact that the victory of the right in Italy confirms “a worrying trend on the continent, which has led to the victory of the right in Sweden, Hungary and the progress made in countries like France”. And the fear is that this could undermine the unity with which Europe is supporting Ukraine against Russia, especially now that determination “will be tested by what appears to be a dark, cold winter in Europe”, a because of Russia’s energy cuts.
The advisers to the democratic president fear that “Meloni may begin to question Italy’s commitment, arguing that the nation’s resources must be used at home, especially if Europe falls into recession this winter. G7 – they add referring to Italy – were to start putting pressure on Kiev for a negotiated agreement, as opposed to financing the resistance, there would be the possibility for other nations to follow suit, with the weakening of the determination of the continent “.
“At least for now, the White House hopes that Rome will stand firm alongside Kiev and publicly deny the idea that the alliance could collapse. But at the very least, the Americans recognize that Italy may no longer offer the immovable support offered by Draghi “, concludes Politico, recalling that” with Draghi, Italy played an important role in a Europe without strong leaders, helping the continent to form the response to Covid, economic problems and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine “.
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