The EU establishment will react ‘brutally’ after Italian election out of fear of losing power, says Polish MEP

Prof. Ryszard Legutko, a senior MEP for the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, says that any new right-wing government shores up the already existing ones but also exposes them to attacks from the left

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Anna Zyzek

While conservatives may be celebrating, the election victory of Giorgia Meloni and the recent victory of Swedish conservatives have produced a hysterical reaction from the European Union’s establishment, and they may react with brutality to stamp out any future threat to their power, said MEP Ryszard Legutko during an interview with Polish media outlet Niezależna.pl.

“We must be prepared for attacks on us to intensify. We can see how the other side is already in hysterics and that this could lead to some brutal reactions by them,” warned the Polish MEP. 

The MEP, who also serves as a professor, says that although Meloni’s victory in Italy cannot change the current balance of forces in the European Parliament, it will lead to more aggressive behavior from the European establishment, which will attempt to stop any change in the balance of political forces after the next European elections. He believes that the Meloni victory gives his grouping, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), a chance to strengthen in the next European Parliament. Meloni’s party, Brothers of Italy (FdI), belongs to the ECR grouping in the European Parliament.

However, the most important development for now is the fact that another center-right government is forming in Europe, this time in Italy, argues Legutko.

“Currently, there are only two such governments in the EU, Poland and Hungary. If such a government is formed in Italy and maybe another one in Sweden, then the political landscape of Europe will change,” says Legutko.

Prof. MEP Ryszard Legutko believes that Italy’s choice can help to shore up the Polish conservative government. (AP photo)

When asked if the Italians had revolted with their vote — or at the very least shown contempt for European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen — the MEP said that possibility could not be ruled out. Notably, von der Leyen had threatened that the EU could take action against a right-wing Italian government just before the Italian election.

“It was a scandalous statement (from von der Leyen). Unfortunately, it is not just…from one person. Many EU politicians think like her,” he said.

He hoped that the Italians had taught von der Leyen a lesson for the future not to meddle, but feared that this was unlikely. 

Asked whether Italy’s choice helps to shore up the Polish conservative government, Legutko felt that it could.

“The construction of every right-wing government in Europe strengthens and shores up such governments that already exist. This is a positive phenomenon, but we must be prepared for attacks on us to intensify. We can see how the other side is already in hysterics and that this could lead to some brutal reactions from them,” said the Polish MEP. 

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