Giorgia Meloni Leads in Polls as EU Elections Enter Third Day

by IANS |

Brussels, June 8 (IANS/DPA) Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is polling well ahead of her rivals as Italians, Estonians, Latvians, Maltese, Czechs and Slovakians go to vote in the European Parliament elections on Saturday.

Meloni could be poised to act as kingmaker for the next European Commission president if her Brothers of Italy (FdI) makes major gains.

Incumbent Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has been openly courting Meloni in the hope of winning the confirmatory votes of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, a pan-European soft-eurosceptic bloc that Meloni now leads and whose ranks FdI candidates aim to join if elected to the European Parliament.

As the third-most populous country in the European Union (EU), Italy can send a total of 76 delegates to the 720-seat European Parliament, putting anyone who wins big there in a powerful position at the EU level.

According to a "poll of polls" compiled by the news website Politico, the conservative FdI is in first place with 27 per cent, six points ahead of the centre-left Democratic Party.

Saturday marks the third day of four in the EU-wide elections, in which different countries vote on different days. It's polling day for Latvia, Malta and Slovakia; the second and final day of polling for the Czech Republic, and the first of two for Italy and Estonia.

Slovakia's left-wing nationalist Prime Minister Robert Fico came out fighting on Wednesday after surviving an assassination attempt on May 15 that shocked Europe. Fico was shot multiple times in an attack that appears to have been politically motivated.

The recovering Prime Minister published a video on Wednesday in which he said an activist of the Slovak opposition" had carried out the attempt on his life," adding there was no reason to believe the attack was the act of a "lone lunatic."

Fico's party SMER is leading in the polls at 23 per cent, two points ahead of the liberal Progressive Slovakia party.

The first preliminary results indicating the composition of the next European Parliament will only come late on Sunday night after every member of the 27-nation bloc has voted. These will be updated during the early hours of Monday.

Latest News
Strong possibility of 2 Jaipur municipal bodies merging into one: Mayor Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 05:05 PM
Centre issues advisory on Microsoft Windows outage Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 05:02 PM
Samarthanam Trust inaugurates mini science lab at government school in Haryana Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 05:02 PM
Australians advised to be cautious of scams following major health info data breach Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 05:01 PM
Mexico's President-elect picks three more Cabinet members Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 05:00 PM
CM Mohan Yadav hopeful of positive outcome from Regional Industry Conclave in Jabalpur Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:58 PM
Uttarakhand HC grants protection to inter-faith live-in couple Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:58 PM
Sharp selloff hits Indian stock market, investors lose Rs 8 lakh crore Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:46 PM
Bengal Assembly to be under additional security cover during Monsoon Session from July 22 Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:36 PM
Ganguly will do a good job as Delhi Capitals' head coach: Kaif Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:32 PM
Critical mineral roadshow, exploration hackathon to kick off in Hyderabad tomorrow Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:29 PM
CrowdStrike says single software update behind Microsoft Windows crash Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:28 PM
Kerala govt orders probe into leak of info on remission to CPI-M workers accused of murder Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:27 PM
China launches new Earth observation satellite Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 04:07 PM
Exposing, asking minor to measure organ comes under POCSO: Kerala HC Fri, Jul 19, 2024, 03:56 PM