The polls before the election were right for once. It was widely predicted that a right-wing coalition would win Sunday’s elections in Italy. And it conveniently did. Giorgia Meloni‘s party, the Brothers of Italy, won 26% of the vote, while the other conservative parties took the total to 44%, making her the undisputed leader of the conservative coalition that will command a majority in Italy’s new parliament.
The victory has made Ms Meloni, 45, the object of widespread international bewilderment and even abuse. She was portrayed as the heiress of Benito Mussolini and the harbinger of a new fascism. But whatever the many flaws of Italian democracy, it is not falling and there is no danger of authoritarianism. Ms Meloni, a career politician, has been vocal in defending Parliament’s prerogatives against executive interference. She owes her victory at least in part to opposition to the government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has included draconian lockdowns — the most authoritarian policies Italians have experienced in generations since World War II.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/giorgia-meloni-is-no-fascist-but-can-she-revive-italys-economy-bothers-of-italy-prime-minister-budget-debt-pandemic-11664217824 Giorgia Meloni Is No Fascist, but Can She Revive Italy’s Economy?