Giorgia Meloni in the Belly of the Beast

In her first trip outside of Italy since taking office, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni paid a visit to the beating heart of the European Union in Brussels. Before the Italian election, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had issued a stern warning to the Italians not to vote for the Fratelli d’Italia and the Lega, and had threatened to bully them if they did, using the same techniques she has in bullying the Poles and Hungarians.

However, when Ms. Meloni arrived in the Belly of the Beast, Ms. Von der Leyen was all smiles and pleasantries. Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this German-language article from Junge Freiheit:

In Brussels: Meloni remains firm on migration

Brussels

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni raised the issue of “migration flows” during her inaugural visit to the EU in Brussels. She emphasized the protection of the EU’s external borders. 1,000 migrants are currently waiting on ships belonging to so-called “sea rescuers” off the coast of the country, but unlike under the previous government led by Mario Draghi, they are not allowed to dock.

As the third-largest economy, Italy is apparently too important for the EU to want to openly break up. “When it came to migration, I found an open ear,” said Meloni after her meeting with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. She [Von der Leyen] then even thanked the Italian head of government on Twitter for the “strong signal” because she came to Brussels on her first trip abroad.

Thank you @GiorgiaMeloni for the strong signal sent by your visit to [EU] institutions on your first trip abroad.

It was a good opportunity to exchange on critical issues ranging from support to Ukraine, energy to the #NextGenEU and migration. pic.twitter.com/HWKFEIpyf6

— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) November 3, 2022

Meloni announces important role for Italy

Before the election, von der Leyen had announced that if the right-wing alliance won, she would use “instruments such as in the case of Poland and Hungary”. That was no longer the case.

Meloni reiterated that her government’s view of illegal immigration differs from that of EU leaders. It’s about defending the external borders. However, the EU was willing to talk: “I am very satisfied with the atmosphere that I found here.”

Meloni also announced that her government, formed by the three right-wing parties Fratelli d’Italia, Lega and Forza Italia, would play an “important role” in the European Union: “Italy’s voice in Europe will be strong.”

Afterword from the translator:

This looks to me like it was another one of those meetings with zero messages (strong signals, good listening and very confident). If it hadn’t happened, nobody would’ve noticed or missed it.

After all, they could at least have talked about menstrual items in the men’s toilets in the EU buildings.

This video report by the Spanish broadcaster RTVE Noticias states that the Italian government has asked the countries of origin of the ships to take care of the migrants. The Ocean Viking with 572 migrants and the Geo Barents with 234 migrants on board sail under the Norwegian flag; the Humanity 1 with 179 migrants (including allegedly more than 100 minors) sails under the German flag. The German government has asked Italy to bring the minors on board the Humanity 1 to a port and to help them quickly.

Here are videos of current guests aboard the Ocean Viking and
the Geo Barents.

5 thoughts on “Giorgia Meloni in the Belly of the Beast

  1. Minors should stay with their parents and go home. Could end up as organ donors in the EU, although they have lots of Ukrainian organs available at the moment. What are the kidney transplant wait lists like at the moment in EU countries? Should be almost zero on the wait list. I would be interested to know.

    • In Simonstown Harbour lie 2 German Submarines from the South African Navy that need some serious electrical repair, the morons fried everything after they had been delivered 20 years ago.
      I’m pretty sure they’ll be dirt cheap.

      • What do you expect when the SA Navy promoted low IQ Africancan’ts over experience and capability, or the whites sabotaged them so the bloody African’ts couldn’t do dangerous things with them.

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