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The elections in Italy, today the silence before the fear of the victory of the extreme right

The elections in Italy, today the silence before the fear of the victory of the

Italy's leaders held their last meetings before parliamentary elections on Sunday. Polls show the election is expected to be won by the far right, putting Rome on a possible collision course with Brussels.

A trio of center-left and center-right groups held their closing meetings in different squares, underscoring their failure to forge a united electoral pact, a decision that has brought enormous benefits to the conservative bloc.

However, at the end of the campaign, the leader of the Democratic Party, Enrico Letta, made a final appeal to the voters not to allow the victory of the extreme right. "We made our choices knowing that on the other side there is a regressive Italy that still does not think it is possible to give people the freedom to experience rights as they do in the rest of Europe today. The choices they have made the words they use intolerable. Piazza del Popolo will defend the Italian Constitution born of the Resistance and anti-fascism. We will not allow this Constitution, the most beautiful in the world, to be distorted by this Right."

Giorgia Meloni's nationalist group, the Brothers of Italy, risks emerging as the main party on Sunday and will share power with its allies the League, led by Matteo Salvini, and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia. The Brothers of Italy is seen in the media as a post-fascist movement created at the end of World War II, although Meloni has tried to project a moderate image.