Political Anxiety in Europe

Daniel Carvalheiro-Santos, Staff Writer

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While the people of Italy were mostly happy with the results of the referendum, many establishment Europeans fear the rise of nationalism in Italy due to the unusual results. After the referendum so many Italians have been waiting for, the Italian Prime Minister resigned. The referendum was to amend the Italian 1948 Constitution and primarily reduce the number of member in the “Senato”. Matteo Renzi was convinced on a victory for himself and his ideals. However, the election made a turn with the victory for the NO! side. Matteo Renzi’s resignation brought concerns to the European Union for it was foreseen that there would be a rise in the Nationalist Parties. One particular candidate whose popularity has recently increased, Matteo Salvini, expressed his position towards the referendum with this tweet, “Long Live Trump, long live Putin, long live Le Pen and long live the League!”After nearly a week after the resignation of Matteo Renzi, the Italian President Sergio Mattarella has elected Paolo Gentiloni to be the next Italian prime minister. After seven prime ministers since 2000, how long will Paolo Gentiloni last?

In Austria, the European Union gave a sigh of relief when the Far-Left nationalist candidate did not win the presidency. Norbert Hofer has advocated against immigration and refugees and against all Turkish people. Although many feared his presidency after he won the first round of voting, the third round of voting made it clear that his far-right opponent, Alexander Van der Bellen, had won the elections. While for now, the world is enduring positive results, the rise of nationalism will come to greatly impact the future of the world. 

Photo Credits to Miami European Union Center