What happens when a person, object, or trend gains enormous popularity for a valid reason? After some time, it is seen that individuals begin imitating that person or trend, which contributes to their fame. Today, the easiest way to become widely famous without putting in a lot of effort is to simply follow in the popular person’s footsteps.
It appears that the Italian opposition party is advancing its level in the political system by adopting the same formula. For a long time, politics in Italy was dominated by men. Giorgia Meloni, became Italy’s first female right-wing prime minister last year. She has become one of the most influential and well-liked leaders.
Meloni was placed top in the “Disrupters” category by Politico Europe in 2022, while Forbes listed her as the ninth most powerful woman in the world. Meloni ranks fourth among the 22 world leaders evaluated by Morning Consult, a US-based global decision intelligence business, with a 48 percent approval rating.
In just five months, Meloni has proved to Brussels that their fears about her conservatism are true. She receives accolades for placing Italy’s national interests ahead of those of the European Union.
The popularity of Meloni is still growing, not just in Italy but also in the rest of Europe. Giorgia Meloni is seen as a beacon of hope by Europeans, which suggests that the liberal leadership, which has ruled Europe for decades, is ailing.
The opposition Democratic party in Italy has resorted to copycat tactics in this situation. They have made an effort to Xerox Meloni in a liberal manner.
Elly Schlein, a pioneering feminist and “Anti-Meloni,” has been chosen to lead the PD party in Italy. After winning a primary election on Sunday, Elly Schlein has been elected as the new representative of Italy’s historically centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
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Schlein, a lesbian with liberal views on issues like immigration and LGBTQ+ rights, is viewed as the polar opposite of Meloni. She is also the youngest head of PD which has traditionally been predominated by middle-aged men.
It appears that Italian leftists have come to terms with the idea that the only way to defeat the Brothers of Italy is to emulate them using Giorgia 2.0. Someone as strong and ideologically rigid, but on the liberals’ side.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and the de facto opposition leader are both women, marking a first in the historically male-dominated politics of Italy, although having extremely different political ideologies. While Meloni made Europe’s refugee crisis a cornerstone of her political rhetoric.
Schlein stands in solidarity with migrants and pushes the idea that Europe is one.
It will be exceedingly challenging for the democratic party to dispute the meloni’s degree of influence given her current level of popularity.
Yet given that Meloni has only been in power for five months, the liberals have enough time to prepare for the election with Elly’s assistance.
Could this be the Liberal EU’s attempt to oppose Giorgia Meloni, who’s receiving global recognition as a potential “Pan-European leader”? Would the Democratic Party benefit from Renzi Elly’s presence in the future?