Ahead of Italy’s legislative elections, Giorgia Meloni, who is likely to become Italy’s first right-wing head of government since World War II, enjoyed a beach holiday in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, with partner they Andrea Giambrun and their daughter, Ginevra.
A photographer captured unique images of Giorgia Meloni with her family during the August vacation:
Who is Giorgia Meloni?
45-year-old Giorgia Meloni grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Rome better known for cultivating left-wing activists than producing far-right politicians. Her party, the Brothers of Italy, has its roots in the neo-fascist movement, an ideology that emerged from the ruins of World War II. The flag of Giorgia Meloni’s party includes a tricolor flame, a former symbol of fascism in the early 20th century.
The new Italian prime minister refused to remove the flame from the party’s logo. The so-called “centre-right coalition” has dominated the polls for the past month and consists of the Fratelli d’Italia party led by Giorgia Meloni, the Northern League party led by Matteo Salvini, the Forza Italia party led by Silvio Berlusconi and the Noi con l ‘Italy led by Maurizio Lupi.
Giorgia Meloni uses a right-wing rhetorical style in her political speech, which emphasizes “God, country and family”. Between 2008 and 2011, Meloni was Minister of Youth in the government led at the time by Silvio Berlusconi. In her 2021 book I Am Giorgia, Meloni emphasizes that she is not a fascist, but identifies with Mussolini’s heirs: “I have taken over the baton of 70 years of history,” she says. Meloni has always been Eurosceptic, in the past talking about taking Italy out of the Eurozone as well as leaving the European Union. But she moderated her speech and now says she will work with the EU and has positioned herself in opposition to Vladimir Putin and pro-NATO and pro-Ukraine. Even though, during her campaign, Meloni emphasized that Italy would remain a reliable partner within the EU, she also hinted that she would try to renegotiate some understandings and agreements. The fact that Italy will receive 192 billion euros from European funds for post-pandemic recovery, more than any other EU country, was not mentioned by Meloni in his speech. Giorgia Meloni campaigns against LGBT rights, wants a naval blockade of Libya and has repeatedly warned against Muslim migrants.
After the victory in the elections, Giorgia Meloni promises that she will “restore dignity” to Italy
Giorgia Meloni said on Tuesday that she wants to “highlight what unites” the people, after the political alliance she is part of won Sunday’s elections, reports dpa.
Along with the League led by the former interior minister and deputy prime minister and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, the party led by Meloni – Fratelli d’Italia – has secured an absolute majority in both chambers of the parliament in Rome, the Ministry of the Interior confirmed on Monday . The alliance has 112 senatorial mandates out of 200 and 235 seats out of 400 in the Chamber of Deputies.
“The Italians have entrusted us with an important responsibility. Now it will be our task not to disappoint them and to do everything we can to restore dignity and pride to the Nation,” wrote Meloni on Twitter on Tuesday. “Today we made history”, she also stated in the same social network.
The 45-year-old politician will probably become Italy’s first female prime minister. Until then, the alliance must agree on a governing coalition and receive the mandate from President Sergio Mattarella.
Negotiations can begin only after the new parliament begins its work, in mid-October.
The losers – the left-wing alliance led by the Social Democrats, which also includes the 5 Star Movement and the Center Alliance – failed to stop their rivals, who showed up at the polls on Sunday with more aplomb, dpa appreciates.
Meloni spoke of a “night of pride”, while enjoying the congratulations of colleagues from European right-wing parties, including the French nationalist Marine Le Pen, the leaders of the radical right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
Actions against migration through the Mediterranean and the renegotiation of European recovery funds after the coronavirus epidemic are expected from a government led by her. During the campaign, Meloni also promised to reduce taxes.