How Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy became a ‘respectable’ party

Giorgia Meloni, the president of the far-right Italian party Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) at a rally of her party on Friday in Naples. ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

SURVEY – FdI has been able to “normalize” itself without denying its post-fascist ideological roots.

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Is it the effect of vertigo on the threshold of an announced victory? On Thursday evening, in front of the crowd of his supporters gathered in Piazza del Popolo, in the center of Rome, Giorgia Meloni concluded a campaign “brief but very intense” by a speech imbued with a curious restraint. Forgetting the impassioned indictments which electrified his camp against “Islamist violence” , “mass immigration” , “climate fundamentalism” or «le lobby LGBT»the president of Fratelli d’Italia (FdI) has reserved her arrows for a left that she accuses of constantly demonizing her. “As they have nothing to say, they explain to you that you have to vote for them because the Meloni is dangerous”castigated the one that the polls still place largely in the lead, with 25% of the voting intentions. “But I ask youshe launched, mockingly, to enthusiastic activists: Who are we scaring?”

The question is not just rhetorical. In recent weeks, Giorgia…

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