Brussels and Berlin are likely to be humiliated if Italian elections due to be held on March 4 result in a seismic shift in power from liberal left to fascistic-right. The staunchly anti-EU Democratic Party, centre-right Forza Italia and Five Star Movement (M5S) could combine to bring relief to 60 million Italians thoroughly disillusioned by grotesque leftist posturing.

Non-European immigration is a pressing issue among many members of the European Union, and Italy is no exception. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has entered a coalition with the Northern League and Brothers of Italy in the elections.

Berlusconi, for whom the elections might signify a tremendous political comeback, has drawn public attention to the problem of the huge migration influx into the country, calling it a “social bomb ready to explode in Italy.”

“Immigration has become an urgent question because, after years with a left-wing government, there are 600,000 migrants who don’t have the right to stay,” said Berlusconi, pledging to deport illegal migrants.  “We consider it to be an absolute priority to regain control over the situation.

The M5S, a party which represents the spirit of protest against Italy’s political establishment, has supported Berlusconi’s stance, with its leader Luigi Di Maio calling for deportations and putting Italians First.

Ilvo Diamanti, a professor of political science at the University of Urbino, says, “The closer we get to an election, the more these feelings grow. Public anxiety about immigration is rising to record-high levels. Almost one in two Italians feel afraid. Italian voters are concerned about jobs and unemployment first of all.”

Latest figures show that the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy doubled in a month to reach 4,800 in January. Over 600,000 people have reached Italy by boat since 2013, boosting support for nationalist groups in the country.

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