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‘Io Sono Giorgia’

Fiery Italian PM-elect: 'I am a mother! I am Italian! I am Christian! You won't take it from me!'
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This is the spitfire woman who was just elected Prime Minister of Italy. Savor it:

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If this is fascism, let's have more of it!

Of course it's not in any way fascism -- a slur that the US media apply to Meloni to avoid having to take her ideas seriously.

Do we have a single American politician capable of speaking words like that with such force, and such conviction? I can't think of one. Giorgia Meloni has more balls than a Congress full of Republicans. She is going to wipe the floor with Ursula von der Leyen, Mark Rutte, and the Brussels gang. Last year, via our mutual friend Francesco Giubilei, she sent me a nice gift, which I pulled off a storage unit shelf today to admire:

UPDATE: Lord have mercy, look at this clip. It is golden. She is the one we have been waiting for! When even one finds the courage to live not by lies, it can be contagious!

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Giuseppe Scalas
Giuseppe Scalas
In her victory speech, Giorgia didn't abandon herself to unwarranted exultation or opposition-bashing. She is very much aware of the tough challenges ahead: war, inflation, social exclusion, widespread discontent. She's going to be up to them. She's a hard-working pragmatists and she won't let herself be dragged into petty squabbles with left wingers about 'fascism' or woke topics.
She's not going to change abortion laws, at most she's going to give more funds to pregnancy centers. And she won't challenge the LGBT status quo. But she won't give them an inch more.
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Zenos Alexandrovitch
Zenos Alexandrovitch
In before Jon decries the rise of fascism in Italy...
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Theodore Iacobuzio
Theodore Iacobuzio
This must be a sad day for Leary.

Seriously, the Journal story spent most of its space talking about the bond market, which where Ursula has her leverage.
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John Phillips
John Phillips
When the dammed up frustration with petty lefty social rules and regs breaks, its gonna be a real gully washer. All of a sudden, everyone will acknowledge that the king has no clothes.
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Peter Pratt
Peter Pratt
May Italy and its new government be successful. May God watch over and protect Giorgia. May she and her alliance be strengthened to do what needs to be done.
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Michael Campbell
Michael Campbell
The test of Meloni and the right will be not if they talk, but if they act.

Italy needs money, and Italy needs to detach itself from the Russian sanctions regime particularly on energy. Italy has very little leverage vis a vis the eurocrats currently. Any rebellion would end up like Greece - "you want to eat? do as I say!"

If Italy finds a way to band together with others to beat more money out of the Germans, in any form, that would be a win.

Italy in the long term needs to decouple from reliance on European energy infrastructure, which will subject Italians to Germany's energy objectives and disputes, and get its own pipelines. There would be tremendous competitive advantage in using cheaper Russian gas when the rest of the euro market can't. Turkey is not that far away...
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    Giuseppe Scalas
    Giuseppe Scalas
    We need our sources and our pipelines, but not from Russia. We already have pipelines from Lybia, Algeria and Azerbaijan. We're going to build one from Israel.
    We also need to reopen the drilling stations in the Mediterranean, which were shut down because buying gas from Russia was cheaper.
    Moreover, Eni owns discovery rights from some of the largest gas reservoirs in the world: we need more LNG terminals to ship it into Italy.
    I agree that we need to decouple ourselves from the European energy market. The EU failed miserably to address the price rises before voting the sanctions.
    But I'm entirely against lifting sanctions on Russia. Russia crossed a red line and we need to keep up the pressure.
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      Michael Campbell
      Michael Campbell
      I can appreciate that going against the grain on most of sanctions is infeasible with not a lot of gain, regaining export markets in Russia isn't going to be a big net gain for Italy for instance. And I can also appreciate that overreliance on Russian gas is not great, either. Still, Italy's hand is stronger if it is willing to purchase (discounted) Russian gas when others don't, and it's not clear that there's enough other gas readily available anyways. Israel is a drop in the bucket and Azerbaijan probably can't give much more. Qatar wants to pipe to Turkey, as does Iran, but that doesn't exist yet - Russian pipelines to Turkey already do. Ideally you get all of those online as options in the long run to reduce Russia's bargaining power and increase Italy's. But sticking strictly to pricier LNG or worse going with a gas shortage, is only going to weaken Italy's long term economics.

      Italy having significantly cheaper energy than Germany - because it's willing to burn pipeline gas from anyone who will ship it - would flip the script on the eurozone and favor Italy competitively.
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Giuseppe Scalas
Giuseppe Scalas
C'mon, Jon has his ideas but is not an unreasonable person.
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