Similarities and nuances between Giorgia Meloni and Vox

The polls place Giorgia Meloni, candidate of the Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia), at the head of next Sunday’s electoral appointment. This is a Giorgia Meloni who, as she herself has acknowledged, has done during the campaign an “effort” at moderation. Gone are the great proclamations against the “abyss of death” and “gender ideology”, old mainstays that are not mentioned either in their program or in the post-election agreement signed with the formations of Silvio Berlusconi (forza italy) and Mateo Salvini (the lega). In Spain, Vox claims it not only as a great ally in Europe -they share a political family- but they put it as an example of what could happen in other places: “The relationship with Giorgia Meloni is very close for reasons of political identity (…) It is very hopeful. I see it as a great reaction of the nations against political elites that have turned their backs on them”, assured Santiago Abascal in a recent interview in It’s Radio.

In the same sense, Meloni herself has manifested herself in conversation with The Newspaper of Spain: “I have a deep consideration and a friendship that binds me to Santiago Abascal (…) With Vox we have a solid collaboration and we are also united by the absurd criticism of the mainstream press, which portrays us as monsters”.

Meloni and her “effort” for moderation

The identification highlighted by both leaders is seen in some points of the argument of the leader of the Brothers of Italy, but not in all. In fact, during the election campaign, Meloni tried to amend one of his best-known speeches in Spain, the one he gave during the Andalusian election campaign: “Yes to the natural family, no to the lobby LGBTI; yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology; yes to the culture of life, no to the abyss of death; no to mass immigration, yes to work for our citizens; no to big international finance, yes to the sovereignty of peoples; no to the bureaucrats in Brussels and yes to our civilization and not to those who want to destroy it, ”he exclaimed to the applause of those from Abascal, who stood up.

However, when asked about these words during the only election face to face With Enrico Letta, candidate for the Democratic Party, Meloni assured: “It’s a tone that sometimes comes out, especially when I’m tired”, and then reiterate that he is making a “great effort” of moderation during the campaign, according to

Common points in immigration

One of the issues on which the candidate for the Brothers of Italy has not changed her tone is that of immigration. Meloni agrees with Vox in criticizing the Government of his country. He considers that “the immigration policies of the left have failed” and that the EU has shown itself “incapable” of helping the Member States to “defend the external borders” of the Union. In fact, in an interview with ABCgives Ceuta and Melilla as an example.

Instead, he proposes a “naval blockade” in the Mediterranean or what is the same, promote a “European initiative in agreement with the Libyan authorities” to prevent the landing of immigrants on the coasts of North Africa. In turn, he proposes that “hot-spots in non-European territories” managed by the EU be created so that it is in these places where asylum applications are evaluated and not in the countries themselves and criticizes the NGOs that -considers- “They favor clandestine immigration.”

Vox shares the same idea in its program ‘Agenda España’, where it proposes to put an end to subsidies to any organization that “allocates its funds to promote or help illegal immigration, a group that includes NGOs such as Open Arms. He has also been in favor of reinforcing the military presence in Ceuta and Melilla to “guarantee the protection of these territories against invasions promoted by neighboring states or international organizations.”

Meloni wants to keep the current Italian abortion law

Regarding abortion, Meloni and his party do not promise to amend any rule, but they do prioritize one of its parts: “Our intention is to fully comply with the first part of the current Italian law, that is, the one that provides prevention policies to treat of prevent women from aborting because they do not find alternatives, perhaps for economic reasons”, he declared to The Newspaper of Spain. In parallel, the text -approved in 1978- contemplates the possibility that a woman has an abortion free of charge up to 90 days of pregnancy and, from this period, only in very specific medical cases.

For its part, Abascal’s party intends that interventions such as abortion or euthanasia be left out of Public Health and, if it comes to power, it promises repeal the “free abortion law”. Its objective? “End the culture of death”, a message that Meloni also launched at his rally in Spain but that has gone unnoticed during the election campaign.

The natural family and “the goal” of gender ideology

Both Hermanos de Italia and Vox initially opted for the “natural family”, a concept that has lost weight in their speeches but that, in the case of Meloni, remains in the face of the adoption: considers an “insurmountable limit” that homosexual couples can access it compared to the “preference” that Abascal considers that a heterosexual partner must have, as indicated in a interview in Antenna 3.

There are also similarities regarding gender ideology, which in both cases separate from the cause for equality between men and women. In the opinion of the Italian leader, feminism in her country “has historically been located on the left”, a spectrum where “there is an open debate on ethical and political gender issues”, she assured in an interview with the EFE Agency this week. months before, the Dire Agency included the following words:The primary objective of gender theories is not the fight against discrimination, but an undifferentiated individual who is not so undifferentiated, is male. The problem seems to me to be the identity of the woman and the mother”.

These words are very similar to those heard in the ranks of the Spanish far-right party, where a year ago Macarena Olona – then deputy spokesperson in Congress – made the following criticism in an interview on It’s Radio: “The historical struggle has been betrayed by this third wave feminism represented by the feminazis, particularly those of Podemos and to which the feminism of the PSOE has surrendered, and that has led us to the erasure of women through a social construction that is gender. Gender doesn’t exist.”

Thus, Vox often criticizes the “gender indoctrination in schools”, a battle that Meloni’s party is also fighting in his country: “We continue to be concerned about the involvement of children and adolescents in issues such as gender ideology that only generate confusion and a feeling of insecurity,” he assured in the Month of May a training leader.

Sanctions against Russia and spending on weapons

Although in the past he was against the EU sanctions against Russia after the annexation of Crimea due to its impact on the Italian economy and came to congratulate Putin Due to her victory in the 2018 elections, Giorgia Meloni has promised to maintain her country’s position regarding the Russian invasion if she reaches the Government: “From the beginning we have not doubted. And there is no doubt that things would continue like this even with a center-right government”, he assured in the electoral debate.

And so in your program you agree to save “full respect” to the international alliances of Italy, as well as in relation to Defense investments agreed with NATO. Vox also supports that, in its case, Spain increases defense spending.

Criticism of Vox and Meloni to the “centralism” of the EU

The coincidence also occurs with respect to the European Union. The leader of the Brothers of Italy, she would like the EU to “do fewer things and do them better, with less centralism and more subsidiary, less bureaucracy and more politics”, a vision that Abascal shares. In her proposal ‘Agenda España’ she is committed to “promoting a new European treaty that returns the leading role to the Member States in the face of the bureaucracy of a European Commission that nobody chooses and that nobody can control”.

Similarly, Giorgia Meloni and Vox agree in criticizing an aspect that -they consider- the EU has left aside: the foreign policy and the common defense.

The climate issue divides Vox and Meloni

What It already happened to him with Marine Le Pen, Vox and Meloni have one of their biggest differences on the climate issue. While the Italian leader recognizes the need to take measures against climate change as the only way to avoid the disappearance of “life and the world as we know it”, Vox emphasizes its attacks on what they call “climate religion”: “The so-called” ecological transitions “consist of transferring huge amounts of money from the middle and working classes to the elites that drive the climate agenda,” he says in his program of measures.

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