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The sudden change in the political climate of Italy has startled the United States. When approached for comment Maurizo Molinari the editor of the La Stampa newspaper said “It’s a different Europe”
The winners of the Italian elections were the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.
They are said to lean more than a little ‘Left’, advocating an end to EU sanctions on Russia and, they are not too excited about NATO.
Jason Horowitz, a correspondent for the Times, writes that Five Star see Russia “as a strategic partner” and, the US as “an abusive ally whose 70-year relationship with Italy had run its course.”
The leader of the winning right-wing League, Matteo Salvini, has made a clarion call to bring an end to the sanctions on Russia and for Italy to establish ties with Moscow.
There are reasons for this tilt: the sanctions have cut off the Russian market from Italian manufacturers and farmers. But looming in the background is that Italy was once home to the largest Communist Party outside the Soviet Union.
At the same time, there’s more to Italy distancing itself from the US: the Italians are uncomfortable with Trump: the US President, as he has not shown much concern, either about NATO, or America’s allies with his tariff regime cutting to the bone.
What Italy appears to understand from this strange move, is that Trump is bent on negating free market mechanisms and open borders.
Italy “is going through a crisis” Molinari assesses. “They don’t trust the usual institutions. And if you don’t trust those institutions, you tend to trust the alternative”.
And, that alternative appears to be Russia.
The billion dollar question now is whether or not the whole of Europe will fearlessly follow suit and buy into such an alternative.