Arrived at the head of the legislative elections of September 22, 2022, Georgia Meloni, the leader of the post-fascist party Fratelli d’Italia, had not yet been appointed President of the Council by Parliament that, already, she worried the partners of the southern shore of the Mediterranean, including Tunisia. It’s not so much the majority won at the Assembly and in the Senate by Meloni’s party, which impresses only the feat that the latter has accomplished by succeeding in obtaining the support of Italian right and extreme right formations, despite their rivalry. An auspicious element of political stability which has long been lacking in Italy.
“Post-fascist” Italy: announced contempt for Africa
Tunisia, due to its geographical proximity and its close economic ties with the peninsula, knows that it is in the front row to suffer the effects of a hardening of the Italian tone. Starting with possible drastic measures against irregular migration. The announcement, on September 20, by the Italian Consulate in Tunis, the suspension for two weeks, due to fraud, of the issuance of visas was thus immediately perceived as an effect of the new Italian policy, which is not yet in place.
The offensive against the extra-community and their stigmatization were already part of the classics of the Italian political lexicon. “An out-of-control migration that challenged Italian security forces in a tight flow gave an electoral boost to Fratelli d’Italia, adds former Tunisian ambassador Ahmed Ounaies. This result is to be taken seriously this time. In addition to Parliament, the right has conquered the government. »