The results of the elections in Italy have become truly sensational. The new government of the country will be headed by Matteo Salvini, who called Putin "the best statesman in the world", or Luigi di Mayo, who demanded to remove all sanctions from Russia. Which of them has the greatest chance of playing on the secret springs of Italian politics?
The results of the elections in Italy were a blow to both the European Union and the Atlantic West as such. The election was won by the center-right coalition consisting of three parties: "Forward, Italy" Silvio Berlusconi, "League" Matteo Salvini and "Brothers of Italy". She scored 37% of the vote, with the most - 17,5% - took the party Salvini.
This Milanese, who will turn 45 on Friday, will claim the post of head of the new government. Even before the elections in the coalition, there was an agreement that the head of the party that had received the most votes would be nominated for the premieres.
At the same time, Prime Minister Salvini is a quiet horror for opponents of Russia in the West. Why?
"Vladimir Putin alone did much more to fight terrorism than the whole of Europe combined."
"I believe that Putin is one of the best statesmen in the world. I'm talking about this, because I believe in it and the facts speak about it, and not because someone tells me this, a ghost or Facebook. If we had our own Putin in Italy, we would certainly have lived better. "
"I consider Putin to be great and I say it sincerely."
Matteo Salvini several times was in the Crimea, was photographed on Red Square in a T-shirt with a portrait of Putin, came to the European Parliament in the same shirt, that is, frankly and rigidly fought with those forces in the EU who are trying to demonize Russia.
At the same time he is also a Euroscept and admirer of Donald Trump - in the matter of upholding national interests, and not the globalist plans of supranational elites. Salvini made from the semi-separatist "League of the North" the all-Italian "League" - and improved its result by four times in comparison with the previous parliamentary elections. Such a premiere globalists could not imagine even in a terrible dream.
If one assumes that the united Europe stood on four legs, then Brekzit and the upcoming withdrawal of Britain can be compared with the elimination of one support, and the outcome of the elections 4 March in Italy - with nervous cramps in the second. At the same time, however, the half-year epic on the formation of the fourth government of Merkel in Germany was completed (and in France last year the authorities seized the pro-European Macron from the snuff-box), so that the two main "legs" of the European table so far do not seem to stagger .
However, in Italy, the winners of the election were Matteo Salvini and Luigi di Mayo, who heads the movement against the establishment of the Five Star, the leaders of parties more than critical of the European Union. "Five stars" and "League" received in total exactly half of the votes - and that they belong to different camps of the political spectrum, is not so fundamentally.
Formally, three forces fought in Italy: the ruling left coalition led by the Democratic Party, the center-right coalition of the parties of Berlusconi and Salvini, and the anti-system Five Stars. The most votes were won by the rightists. But the right coalition will not be able to form a government on its own-it needs to block someone.
The Salvini party is called populist, although in reality the "League" is the same as the "National Front" in France and the "Alternative for Germany". In other words, the force that is against eurointegration, for national sovereignty and against corrupt and betraying the national interests of Italian politicians.
However, the "League" is only the second violin on this stage, the main ones are "Five stars". This party, created by comedian Beppe Grillo, acts against the national bureaucracy and against European officials - and becomes the voice of the usual Italian voter. Who does not see the difference between right and left, patriots and Europeans and says: "Down with them all." "Five stars" with 32% of votes become the absolute number one force in Italy. Di Mayo also hastened to announce the readiness to form a government. At the same 31-year-old Luigi di Mayo, in order to become prime minister, we need to agree on a coalition - but with whom?
Against collusion with the left, the spiritual leader Beppe Grillo sharply advocates - it means, it is necessary to negotiate with the right. 81-year-old Berlusconi and 31-year-old di Mayo are grandfather and grandson. Luigi studied in the first class, when Silvio first headed the government of Italy. But not the age of interference for negotiations. For di Mayo, an alliance with Berlusconi is impossible, because the old man personifies everything that the "Five Stars" fight with. Berlusconi - this is the Second Republic, whose death is already predicted by di Mayo.
There remains only one option - an agreement with the "League", that is with Matteo Salvini. Salvini with di Mayo represent two opposite parts of Italy: north and south. However, in their attitude towards the European Union, migrants, the Italian bureaucracy and the political establishment, there is much in common. Both are ambitious - Salvini also counts on premiership. So far, he is not going to break with Berlusconi, but if he decides to do so, the deputies from the League will be enough to form a government together with the Five Stars.
What can prevent the formation of such an alliance? Discontent of the European Union? Of course, Brussels will not be happy with the appearance of a cabinet of ministers under the leadership of Eurosceptics, but what can they counter there? The position of the USA, more precisely of the Atlantists in general? But Di Mayo had already flown to Washington to see last fall and made very unambiguous statements about his commitment to the Anglo-Saxon world. He spoke of the unconditional belonging of Italy to the West, that the United States is Italy's greatest ally.
Of course, Di Mayo does not represent the whole spectrum of views existing in his party. Moreover, in the "Five Star" there are many influential politicians, whom the Anglo-Saxons call pro-Russian. Although they are simply pro-Italian, even pro-European (if you understand Europe as a union of states, not a supranational entity). Therefore, Di Mayo in Washington said that it is necessary to lift sanctions from Russia, soothing the Americans that it is caused simply by his concern for Italy's commercial interests (and not geopolitics).
In reality, there are simply no politicians in Italy who advocate a war of sanctions against Russia, almost all for their softening and gradual liquidation. Why then does not Italy block their extension by the European Union? Because one thing - public statements and the mood of voters, and the other - the secret mechanisms of the Italian authorities. Italy's financial situation is so bad, and its dependence on EU policies is so strong that Italy will not be the pioneer of the end of the European-Russian trade and political conflict. Strengthen ties at the national level - this is enough for Rome, but push the whole EU to reconciliation with Russia - no.
Moreover, Di Mayo with his appeal to remove sanctions looks just an anti-Russian hawk against the background of Salvini and even Berlusconi. After all, the former prime minister does not hide his friendship with Putin and even demonstratively came to him in the already Russian Crimea.
To prevent Salvini in the chair of the head of the Italian government, the Atlantists have the only option: to accept the promotion to this post di Mayo. And further on, from the strength of the spirit of the young man from the south of Italy, it will depend on how "Five Stars" can remain faithful to their revolutionary, anti-elite attitude.
But there is no doubt that the new Italian government will in any case be called pro-Russian. Regardless of whether the new head of government will become a fan of Putin or a young supporter of the lifting of sanctions against Russia.