Tag: Meloni, Giorgia (1977- )

Will One Tuscan Port Stall Italy’s Drive for Energy Independence?

PIOMBINO, Italy — When Italy, in a major strategic shift, decided to break its dependence on cheap Russian gas in response to Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the government needed alternatives. It scrambled to sign contracts with suppliers in countries like Algeria and Azerbaijan, and sped up its investment in wind and solar energy. […]

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Italy’s Hard Right Feels Vindicated by Giorgia Meloni’s Ascent

ROCCA DI PAPA, Italy — As a young card-carrying member of a party formed from the ashes of Italy’s Fascist party after World War II, Gino Del Nero, 73, recalls being insulted, sidelined and silenced by leftists, as well as by some neighbors and co-workers. But now that Giorgia Meloni, a hard-right political leader, has […]

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Berlusconi, Caught on Tape Gushing Over Putin, Heightens Anxiety About Italy

ROME — Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, campaigned to be the protector of democratic, pro-European values in a new right-wing coalition that is expected to take power in days after winning elections last month. But even before a government can be sworn in, the 86-year-old billionaire media mogul has proved himself to be […]

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Italy’s Next Government Hinges on a Familiar Face: Silvio Berlusconi

ROME — During the final campaign rally for Italy’s right-wing coalition before it emerged victorious in Italy’s elections last month, the billionaire mogul Silvio Berlusconi, a smile frozen on his waxen face, stood center stage, propped up, quite literally, by his hard-right partners, Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini, who waved Mr. Berlusconi’s hand above his […]

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The Politics of Grievance

Italy, the world’s eighth-largest economy, elected a far-right government last week, with Giorgia Meloni as the likely next prime minister. It’s part of a trend: Her victory came shortly after Swedish elections that led to a far-right party becoming the second-largest in Parliament there. To help you understand why Meloni won and what may lie […]

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Will Nostalgia Kill the British Right?

Is there anything to say in defense of the stumbling prime minister? Only this: When politicians return, with seeming irrationality, to ideas that seem zombielike and ill-suited to the present moment, it’s often a sign that the problems of the present moment just don’t have clear solutions. The defaults of the past may be wrong, […]

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Italy’s Hard-Right Lurch Raises New Concerns in Washington

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration publicly reacted with calm on Monday to Italy’s election of a far-right governing coalition, pledging to work with the country’s incoming leaders despite concern about their party’s fascist roots. But the latest rightward lurch of a European country — two weeks after a far-right party performed startlingly well in Sweden’s […]

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Giorgia Meloni’s Election Win in Italy: Here’s What To Know

After a historic national election in Italy, nearly complete election results on Monday showed a clear victory for a right-wing coalition led by a party descended from the remnants of fascism. The impressive showing for that party — the highest of any single party — made it almost certain that Giorgia Meloni, its leader, would […]

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Giorgia Meloni Wins Voting in Italy, in Breakthrough for Europe’s Hard Right

ROME — Italy turned a page of European history on Sunday by electing a hard-right coalition led by Giorgia Meloni, whose long record of bashing the European Union, international bankers and migrants has sown concern about the nation’s reliability in the Western alliance. Results released early Monday showed that Ms. Meloni, the leader of the […]

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No, Italy Is Not About to Become an Autocracy

ROME — It happened here, again. Nearly 100 years since the March on Rome, Italy on Sunday voted in a right-wing coalition headed by a party directly descended from Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime. This is, to put it mildly, concerning. Yet the most pervasive worry is not that Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party will […]

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A third of Italians sat out the election, a steep drop from 2018.

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the nationalist Brothers of Italy party, in Naples, Italy, on Friday. She seems poised to become Italy’s next prime minister and the first woman to hold the position.Credit…Alessandro Garofalo/LaPresse, via Associated Press ROME — Italy appeared to turn a page of European history on Sunday by electing a hard-right coalition […]

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In Italy’s Election, Politicians Use TikTok to Seek Votes

Italian politicians are on a virtual hunt for undecided voters. Over the summer, as polls suggested that most of those who had not yet picked a side were under 30, party elders took it to the next level: TikTok. This month, Silvio Berlusconi, 85, who served four times as Italy’s prime minister, landed on the […]

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Italy May Get a Leader With Post-Fascist Roots

ROME — Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s hard-right leader, resents having to talk about Fascism. She has publicly, and in multiple languages, said that the Italian right has “handed Fascism over to history for decades now.” She argued that “the problem with Fascism in Italy always begins with the electoral campaign,” when the Italian left, she said, […]

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Some Women Fear Giorgia Meloni’s Far-Right Agenda Will Set Italy Back

ROME — Being a woman, and mother, has been central to the political pitch of Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right politician who is likely to become Italy’s prime minister after elections on Sunday. She once ran for mayor seven months pregnant because she said powerful men had told her she couldn’t. Her most famous speech includes […]

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What You Need to Know About Italy’s Elections

ROME — Italians vote on Sunday for the first time in almost five years in national elections that will usher in a new, and polls predict, right-wing government that will face economic challenges, a deepening energy crisis, and questions about Italy’s hard line against Russia and its full-throated support for the European Union. The elections […]

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Giorgia Meloni May Lead Italy, and Europe Is Worried

CAGLIARI, Sardinia — Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right leader of a party descended from post-Fascist roots and the favorite to become Italy’s next prime minister after elections this month, is known for her rhetorical crescendos, thundering timbre and ferocious speeches slamming gay-rights lobbies, European bureaucrats and illegal migrants. But she was suddenly soft-spoken when asked on […]

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Draghi’s Fall Reverberates Beyond Italy

ROME — Just over a month ago, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy boarded an overnight train with the leaders of France and Germany bound for Kyiv. During the 10-hour trip, they joked about how the French president had the nicest accommodations. But, more important, they asserted their resolute support for Ukraine in the face […]

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The Future Is Italy, and It’s Bleak

ROME — “If this is to end in fire, then we should all burn together.” These ominous words aren’t from an apocalyptic poem: They’re from a politician’s memoir. Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, opened her 2021 book with this strange call to arms, eschewing the more prosaic style favored […]

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Draghi Government Falls Apart, Returning Turbulent Politics to Italy

ROME — The national unity government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who restored Italy’s influence and credibility, fell apart on Wednesday, leaving the country careening toward a new season of political chaos at a critical moment when the European Union is struggling to hold together a united front against Russia and revive its economies. After […]

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