How Giorgia Meloni rose to the top of the Italian opposition

How Giorgia Meloni rose to the top of the Italian opposition

"The Italian right has left fascism to history". With these words, Giorgia Meloni responds to the accusations of the foreign press, which portrays her as a threat to Italian, European democracy and international stability.

At the peak of consensus, Meloni's key word is guarantee: a political image that appears not very different from that of Gianfranco Fini and other exponents of that grouping that in Italy is called the "post-fascist right", where the head of the Brothers of It has joined Italy since its political beginnings. At the age of 15, in 1992, she joined the Youth Front, the youth wing of the Italian Socialist Movement, with which she participated in protests against education reform.

Since then, her political career has been unstoppable. From 1998 to 2002 she was a municipal councilor of Rome with the National Alliance party, which in 2008 joined Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom, a move that at the time allowed her to become the youngest minister in the history of Italy.

How Giorgia Meloni rose to the top of the Italian opposition

2013 is the year of separation. Meloni leaves the People of Liberty to found the Brothers of Italy, a party whose features are those of a conservative nationalism, with a strong sovereignist connotation. The tricolor flame reappears in the party symbol and within a few years the initials of the Italian Socialist Movement also appear.

Meloni started with about 3 percent of support in the 2013 elections, but during the 9 years in the opposition, its growth has been constant. Hovi came with the Conte II government and above all with the executive of Mario Draghi, where the Brothers of Italy were the largest Italian party that chose to remain in opposition.

The leader proved to be very adept at channeling the consensus monopolized by the Northern League over the years; with opposition to all that was considered progress, but Meloni is careful not to cross red lines when it comes to opposing systems.

Therefore, while in Europe she continues to cultivate cooperative tendencies with Eurosceptic groups, such as the Spanish VOX, at home and across the Atlantic Meloni must show her institutional and moderate face, without which it is difficult to think of governing a country like Italy.