How Giorgia Meloni and her far-right party became a driving force in Italian politics
Rome CNN —When Giorgia Meloni first burst onto the political scene in 2006 as the youngest ever vice-president of the National Alliance party, she sealed her fate as a far-right politician.
The National Alliance, formerly the Italian Social Movement, was unapologetically neo-fascist, formed by supporters of Benito Mussolini.
Her far-right Brothers of Italy party, which is polling ahead of the pack leading up to the September 25 general election, got just 4.5 percent of the vote in the last elections in 2018.
Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (left) arrives with Giorgia Meloni to attend a congress of the Brothers of Italy party in Rome on September 22, 2018.
Bannon recently endorsed her again, saying in a statement to CNN: “Meloni, like Thatcher, she will fight and win.”Meloni has spoken at several US C-Pac conventions, telling the group in 2022 that conservatives are under attack.
“She doesn’t represent this neighborhood.”Forza Italia's Silvio Berlusconi and Brothers of Italy's Giorgia Meloni acknowledge supporters at the end of a joint rally with Italy's far-right League party against the government on October 19, 2019 in Rome.
She is openly anti-LBGT, threatening that same sex unions, which were legalized in Italy in 2016, might be under review.
Her partners in Italy’s center-right political alliance, Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi, are also partly responsible for her popularity.
Berlusconi named her as his sports minister, during his 2008 government, making her the youngest minister to hold that position.
Silvio Berlusconi, Giorgia Meloni and Matteo Salvini greet supporters at the end of a rally against the Italian government at San Giovanni Square, on October 19, 2019 in Rome, Italy.
Long overdue, I would also add,” Dario Fabbri, a political analyst and editor of the political magazine Domino, told CNN.
“We need to reflect on the fact that Giorgia Meloni is not raising up at all questions on women’s rights and empowerment in general,” she said.