In 25 in September, Italians go to the polls for general elections in the country, brought forward due to the collapse of Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s coalition . In the dispute, deputy Giorgia Meloni, 45 years old and leader of the conservative Brothers of Italy party, appears as the favorite. If she wins, she will be the first female prime minister in Italian history.
In the latest polls, Meloni’s legend appeared in a technical tie for the lead with the center-left Partido Democrático, led by Enrico Letta. .
In order to guarantee a majority in Parliament, the Italian Brothers have as a trump card the alliance with the right-wing Northern League, led by Matteo Salvini (critic of illegal immigration, like Meloni), and the party center-right Forza Italia, of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in whose government Meloni was Minister of Youth between 2008 and 2011.
The deputy is accused by her opponents of being neo-fascist, since the symbol of the Brothers of Italy has a flame with the colors of the Italian flag that also appeared in the logo of the Italian Social Movement, a neo-fascist legend founded after the World War II (and extinguished in 1995). Furthermore, in 2019, Meloni supported Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, great-grandson of dictator Benito Mussolini, in his candidacy for the European Parliament.
However, the deputy denies extremists. “The Italian right relegated fascism to history decades ago, unequivocally condemning the suppression of democracy and the ignominious laws against Jews,” Meloni said in a recorded message in English, French and Spanish that was released last week.
Although she is critical of bureaucratic aspects of the European Union, the deputy also denied that she intends to remove Italy from the bloc.
“I have been reading articles in the international press about the upcoming elections for a new government in Italy, in which I am described as a danger to Italian, European and international democracy and stability,” Meloni said in the message, adding that these analyzes consider that a victory for the Brothers of Italy would be “a disaster, leading to an authoritarian turn, Italy’s exit from the euro and other such nonsense”. “None of this is true”, he guaranteed.
To emphasize the argument that Italy will remain close to its partners in the West, Meloni highlighted that in an eventual government, Italy will continue to support Ukraine in the war against Russia – the deputy’s political allies already expressed positions aligned with Moscow before the war, as Berlusconi is a friend of Vladimir Putin and Salvini praised the Russian president, and his parties questioned sending weapons to the Ukrainians.
“We have always defended and supported the Ukrainian cause, not only because we believe in the cause, but also because Italy cannot risk being the weak link in the Western alliance,” Meloni told state broadcaster RAI at the end of December. July. ” You need to know that you can count on us. I would not tolerate any hesitation on this point.”
Mother of a five-year-old girl, Meloni is a Christian and has spoken out against gender ideology and “climate fundamentalism”.
Lorenzo Pregliasco, president of research firm YouTrend, told the Associated Press that opinion polls indicate that Meloni is perceived by Italians as “a leader who has clear ideas – not everyone agrees with these ideas. , of course.”
“She is credited with having a consistent and coherent approach to politics. She made no concessions”, added Pregliasco.