Don’t Expect Giorgia Meloni to Rock the Boat on Foreign Policy

Despite being hyped as a right-wing populist who is going to shake up European affairs, new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has confirmed that she will work closely with globalist institutions like NATO. 

“Ready to work with NATO, that is more than a military alliance: a bulwark of common values we’ll never stop standing for,” Meloni stated on Twitter as a response to NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.

Russian state media outlet TASS noted that Meloni was responding to multiple rounds of praise she received as she assumed the position of Italian prime minister. 

When it came to the issue of cooperating with NATO, she also responded to United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken by stating “USA and all our NATO partners can count on us to support at our best the brave people of Ukraine and to enforce our strategic partnership.”

Russia’s Ambassador to Italy Sergey Razov said to TASS that he didn’t expect Italy to change its policy towards the Russo-Ukrainian conflict with Meloni at the helm. From what he has gathered. there have been signs that Italy will continue providing aid to Ukraine and continue complying with the Collective West’s sanctions war against Russia.  

Ironically, Meloni has expressed foreign policy views in the past that indicated she has anti-globalist tendencies. For example, she lauded the efforts of Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad and his allies in Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia to crush terrorist entities like ISIS and bringing stability to the Levant. 

Additionally, during a conversation with reporters back in December 2018, Meloni stressed the critical role the anti-ISIS coalition played in rescuing Syrian Christians from a potential genocide: “If in Syria the nativity scene is still allowed, it’s thanks to Hezbollah, which is fighting with Assad against terrorists.” 

However, it seems that Meloni is looking more and more like a globalist disappointment. This goes to show the many challenges populists will face in their road to power. It’s up to the next generation of populist leaders to build institutions and political machines that will keep populist politicians and other leaders from being co-opted by the ruling class.

Undoubtedly, this will be a drawn-out struggle, but right-wing nationalists must be willing to dig deep and play the long game. Politics has never been for the faint of heart or those who want quick fixes.

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