In the wake of the French Revolution and the disastrous Napoleonic wars, Europe’s conservative regimes — Austria under Francis I, Prussia under Frederick William III, and Russia under Alexander I — formed the so-called Holy Alliance to uphold monarchical values and stamp out any signs of revolution elsewhere in Europe. Today, Europe’s leftist governments and the bureaucrats of the European Union, in the wake of conservative victories in Sweden and Italy, appear to be on the brink of forming an Unholy Alliance to stamp out conservative regimes that promote “God, country, and family.”
After Italy’s conservative Brothers of Italy party and its coalition partners won a stunning victory in recent elections, France’s Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne, according to the Associated Press, said that France “along with EU officials, would be watching to ensure that basic human rights are guaranteed in Italy.”
She continued, “In Europe, we uphold some values and obviously we will ensure … that these values — on human rights, the respect of other people, especially the right to abortion — will be respected by all” EU member states. And European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned that Europe “‘has the tools’ to deal with any country — and that means Italy too.”
Meanwhile, Iratxe García Pérez, who heads a left-wing group in the European Parliament, called Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s electoral victory a “dark day for Italy and for Europe.” And Daniel Freund, a member of the Green Party in Europe’s Parliament, sees “very dark days coming for European democracy.”
Just how the new Unholy Alliance will enforce its diktat is unclear. Europe’s Holy Alliance organized four Congresses to establish principles for intervention in other countries’ domestic affairs. It sanctioned invasions of Italy in the early 1820s to put down a rebellion in Naples, and it later authorized intervention in Spain to repress revolutionary activity. What “tools” France and the EU will use to “preserve” human rights like “abortion” in Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe is anyone’s guess.
The ever reliably leftist New York Times headlined that Europe reacted to Meloni’s expected victory in Italy with “caution and trepidation.”
Meanwhile, the Washington Post warned, “Danger lurks after Italy’s shocking election.”
Virtually every mainstream media story refers to Meloni and/or her party as “neo-fascist” and invites comparisons to fascist Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini. It’s as if we are in the 1930s again and the “far-right” European dictators are trying to impose fascism on the world. The European and American Left is concerned that Meloni promotes “God, country, and family” and calls herself a “mother,” a “Christian,” opposes the sexualization of children, is pro-life, and is a “nationalist.” Meloni opposes Italy’s being governed by bureaucrats in Brussels. And perhaps worst of all, Meloni is supported by former U.S. President Donald Trump and his supporters — so she must be a fascist.
It is quite interesting how the self-proclaimed guardians of “democracy” react when democratic elections — in Hungary, Sweden, Britain, and Italy — don’t go their way. European (and American) leftists apparently reserve unto themselves the authority and power to oversee an independent government elected by its own people. Giorgia Meloni is not Mussolini. But France and its EU partners are acting like Francis I, Frederick William III, and Alexander I — except this time it is an Unholy Alliance.