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Elections in Italy: On the threshold of power the extreme right – Europe is waiting

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Meloni has not changed her party’s emblem, which is similar to that of Benito Mussolini, while in her last interview before the elections, she did not openly renounce fascism, but stated that “at this stage, Italians are not interested in fascism, but for urgent social problems”.

Italian citizens go to the polls today, in a crucial electoral contest that, as everything seems to be, will bring to power a right-wing and far-right alliance

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According to the opinion polls, Giorgia Meloni, leader of the post-fascist party Fratelli d’Italia, with her government partners Matteo Salvini’s anti-European, populist League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, is expected to become prime minister.

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Meloni has not changed her party’s emblem, which is similar to that of Benito Mussolini, while in her last interview before the elections, she did not openly renounce fascism, but stated that “at this stage, Italians are not interested in fascism, but for urgent social problems”.

However, it has significantly softened its criticism of the EU, attempting to adopt a more moderate profile.

With the far-right coalition in power, Italy will become, after Sweden, the second EU country with a far-right coalition government.

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The prospect of an Italian government under far-right Meloni worries Brussels, especially over the issue of sanctions against Moscow, but diplomats and experts believe he will not take the risk of giving up the huge package of European resources secured by Mario Draghi’s government. for Italy.

“It is not the first time that we are at risk of facing governments formed by far-right or far-left parties,” European Justice Commissioner Didier Renter recalls.

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