Are those pictures from Venezuela? No, the video of mega lines in front of a food distributor in Italy. The Italian left-wing Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s reforms, which the media have celebrated, do not seem to benefit the people.
The media likes to describe 74 year-old Mario Draghi as a “blessing” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), “modernizer” or “Super Mario” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). However, others have strongly criticized the social and economic policies of the socialist Prime Minister, who has been in office since February 2021.
A recent video posted to Twitter shows incredible scenes from Italy. Many people stand in almost endless lines to receive the most vital food at a food distributor. Twitter user Radio Genova, who shared a video, commented: “The food queue in Italy’s economic capital, Milan. Mario Draghi and the EU destroyed Italy.”
The food line in the economic capital of Italy, Milan. Mario Draghi and the EU destroyed Italy. pic.twitter.com/VJTcgbcf2y— RadioGenova (@RadioGenova) June 8, 2022
PM Draghi leads a divided government and recently convinced his coalition partner Matteo Salvini (Lega) to approve the reforms of the Italian economic stimulus program approved by Brussels. This includes a series of innovations in areas such as pensions, reducing bureaucracy, the judiciary, and competition law.
Economists praise the program – Draghi hopes for a lasting change and works on the art of the possible because he cannot govern without the populist parties of his governing coalition from the far right to the far left.
Salvini’s Lega party, in particular, which has repeatedly been criticized for participating in Draghi’s coalition, could come under pressure from their voters because of the pictures from Milan ahead of the next parliamentary elections on May 28, 2023.
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