Anti-European and nationalist Giorgia Meloni, head of the post-fascist Brothers of Italy party, is set to become prime minister after Sunday’s election, where her party leads the polls.
An admirer of Benito Mussolini’s youth, Meloni, 45, known for her direct and effective language since she was a student leader in Rome, could become the first woman to reach the head of government.
A post-fascist right-wing activist since the age of 15, he has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2006 and has no words to criticize the National Unity Government led by respected economist Mario Draghi.
A dizzying boom
Its upturn is attributed to a single government that has defied Draghi’s government for 18 months to gather Italians’ discontent over inflation, the war in Ukraine and restrictions. For infection..
A remarkable feat as it barely polled 2% in the 2013 assembly elections.
In ten years, he explained Italians’ desperate hopes against EU “dictations” and protests about the high cost of living and blocked futures of young people.
A representative of post-fascism, he is not afraid to defend the hard right; It touts its conservative and Catholic, nationalist and centrist ideological baggage, and is presented with a motto: “God, Country and Family”.
His priorities were to close the borders to protect Italy from “Islamization” and for Rome to regain control of its own destiny by renegotiating European treaties.
Among his priorities is fighting “gay pressure groups” and “demographic winter” in one of the world’s most aging countries.
Matteo Salvini’s far-right League and Silvio Berlusconi’s moderate-right Forza Italia have aligned themselves with Italy’s brothers to achieve a historic victory on Sunday, with polls predicting they will win 46% of the vote.
Fascism and other demons
The leader of the successor party to the Italian Social Movement (MSI), the neo-fascist organization founded after World War II by supporters of Mussolini, clarified his controversial ties to fascism in August.
“The Italian right has historically marginalized fascism for decades, unequivocally condemning democracy and anti-Semitic laws and unpopular laws,” Meloni said in August in a video sent to foreign media authorized in Italy in several languages.
However, the emblem of the Brothers of Italy consists of a green-white-red tricolor flame, which was invented in 1946 by a group of fascist soldiers who founded the MSI.
Several media these days aired a video of him declaring his admiration for Mussolini at the age of 19: “For me, he was a good politician. Everything he did, he did for Italy,” he explained.
“I’m Italian, I’m Christian”
Born in Rome on January 15, 1977, Giorgia Meloni began her military career in far-right student unions from high school, “my second family,” she admits, while working as a nanny or maid.
In 1996, he became president of the Azione Studentesca trade union, whose symbol is the Celtic cross. Received journalist card in 2006. In the same year he was elected Deputy Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Two years later, he was appointed Minister of Youth in Silvio Berlusconi’s government.
His youth, his determination and his strong personality won him networks. Her speech became famous in 2019, in which she defined herself as follows: “I’m Georgian. I’m a woman, I’m a mother, I’m Italian, I’m a Christian. They won’t take that away from me.”
Very jealous of her private life, she is the mother of a daughter born in 2006 and lives unmarried to the girl’s father, a TV journalist..
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