During a debate at the American Princeton University, the President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen stated that the European Commission has tools that it can use if the Italian elections happen to go in a “difficult direction”. Her comments sparked outrage among the Italian public.
“We’ll see if things go in a difficult direction, I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland, we have tools if things go in the right direction and people as a body, where always governments have to be accountable to play an important role,” Ursula von der Leyen said when being asked about the Italian elections.
Pre-election polls show a clear victory for the centre-right bloc, namely the Brothers of Italy, League and Forward Italy groups.
Speaking 2 days ahead of the Italian election, Ursula von der Leyen, commented on the prospect of a Meloni-Salvini government:— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) September 23, 2022
“If things go in the difficult direction in Italy… I have spoken about Hungary and Poland earlier. The European Commission has the tools needed”. pic.twitter.com/4U3d9X9FB7