V4 Report: Italy 🇮🇹: Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned on Monday as leader of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) after a bruising defeat in a national election.
** Renzi was well-known on these pages for his bitter attacks directed at Viktor Orban and Visegrad. Once considered a rising young star in the EU, Renzi now joins a growing list of pro-migration elites from centre-left parties who have “bitten the dust”.
The PD took just under 20 percent of the vote in Sunday’s ballot, its worst result since its creation in 2007, despite presiding over a modest recovery in the euro zone’s third-largest economy. Migration played a key role in his party’s defeat and they were punished for Renzi’s “open-entry” policy.
Beaten by the anti-system 5-Star Movement and a center-right coalition dominated by the eurosceptic/anti-migration League, Renzi acknowledged the defeat in Rome.
“It is obvious that I will leave the helm of the PD,” said Renzi, who quit as prime minister when Italians voted against him in a 2016 referendum on constitutional reform.
Despite his decision to stand aside, he said he expected his party to shun any coalition talks.
“The Italian people have asked us to be in opposition and that is where we will go,” he said.” We will never form a government with anti-system forces,” he added, referring to the 5-Star and the League.
*** The Winds of Change are emerging all over Europe in response to Western Europe’s unwillingness to defend the borders and the increasingly aggressive attempts of Brussels to expand its scope and power. Guy Verhofstadt’s (ALDE) dream of a “federal Europe” is dead.
Europeans have been pushed too far and are looking for courageous and unapologetic leaders who will fight to defend their culture, beliefs and way of life from those who wish to bury it at altar of multicult.
The mainstream “counter-rebellion” that was ignited in Hungary has arrived and is now spreading across the Continent….and there is little Angela Merkel or Emmanuel Macron can do to stop it. It is here to stay.