Giorgia Meloni's right-wing nationalist party Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia) and its partner parties on the right will form a new government in Italy, after securing majorities in both houses of parliament.

International reactions to the election victory are divided.

Within the EU there is nervousness about what policy the new government will pursue, emphasizes SVT's EU correspondent David Boati.

- The nervousness is about them going in a more authoritarian direction, challenging the liberal values ​​and becoming more difficult for the EU to cooperate with, he says.

"Sweden in the north, Italy in the south.

Left-wing governments are yesterday's news"

Right-wing nationalist parties and politicians in France, Spain and Poland, among others, have also expressed joy at the election results, as has Hungary's leader Viktor Orbán.

"Bravo, Giorgia", writes Orbán on Twitter, according to Reuters.

In Germany, the right-wing nationalist AfD welcomes the election victory.

"Sweden in the north, Italy in the south.

Left-wing governments are yesterday's news," writes MP Beatrix von Storch according to Deutsche Welle.

"Sad day for Italy"

From the left, the reception has been all the cooler.

Iratxe Garcia, chairman of the S&D group in the European Parliament, believes that it is a "dark day for Italy and Europe".

- The trend that appeared in Sweden two weeks ago was confirmed today in Italy.

It is a sad day for Italy and Europe, tough times await us, says Enrico Letta, party leader of the social democratic Italian Democratic Party.

Others express themselves more neutrally and make vague statements about hopes for continued cooperation.

"As neighbors and friends, we must continue to work together," writes French President Emmanuel Macron in a statement.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken says he is "eager" to work towards common goals with Italy's new government.

The European Commission writes in a statement that it hopes for constructive cooperation with the new government.

Hear how some voters from Meloni's hometown react to the result in the clip above.