I don’t believe in the supremacy of economy as moving force. My premises include that:
(1) macroeconomy is rigged
(2) a loaded gun is stronger than a loaded wallet
(3) a loaded mind is stronger than a loaded gun
2/ Russia is a global player for two reasons: loaded gun + loaded mind (they carefully read the opponent). The combination of two builds up a sustainable economic force.
All major conservative voices in Europe are poor minds backed by the loaded guns of US neocons-Israel axis.
3/ Salvini met Trump in US back in 2016. He finally won because Trump won, both supporting Jerusalem as capital of Israel. If the handlers of Trump go down, Salvini goes down. The whole story of “economic model of growth”, in my view, is pure BS.