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Italy is expected to elect a Eurosceptic and nationalist party, as well as its first female prime minister, in its next general election on September 25. According to recent polls, a coalition led by the nationalist Brothers of Italy party, along with the League party and Forza Italia, is likely to secure the election. This makes Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy party, the country’s likely next prime minister.

His party has seen a massive increase in its vote share, from 4% in 2018 to around 25% ahead of the next election. Ms Meloni is known for her moving speeches in which she denounces European bureaucracy and illegal migrants.

She also criticized gay rights lobbies.

The Brothers of Italy party has been criticized for having its roots in far-right politics and maintains the fascist-era slogan “Dio, Patria, Famiglia” (God, Fatherland, Family). Its party logo shares imagery with that of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), a neo-fascist party formed in 1946 by supporters of the Hitler-allied Mussolini regime and former high-ranking members of his fascist party.

Mrs. Meloni herself said of Mussolini, in a newly redone video in 1996: “Mussolini was a good politician. There have been no other politicians like him in the past 50 years.

She maintained a firm position in favor of NATO and Ukraine. But while it claims to be in favor of the European Union and the euro, the EU is said to remain wary of where it will take Italy.

Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, said: “I fear the social and moral agenda of the right”, regarding the relationship between Ms Meloni’s party and EU values.

Ms Meloni called for a naval blockade to block migrants and described the EU as “the project of ethnic replacement of European citizens desired by big capitals and international speculators”.

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Describing the EU’s pro-migration policies as “ethnic replacement” echoes the language of the “great replacement theory”, a widely debunked white nationalist theory that claims that migration will eliminate or minimize the population of white people in the world. over time.

Italian journalist Paolo Berizzi of La Repubblica claimed that the founding of the Brothers of Italy party in 2012 was closely linked to fascism.

He wrote: “Meloni became the leader of her party at a time when fascism in Italy was almost normalized and becoming popular among young people. Statuettes of Mussolini and calendars of the Duce are on sale in kiosks and shops. The Fascist Salute […] has become an almost folkloric gesture.

She, however, dismissed the comparison saying, “They will accuse me of being a fascist all my life. But I don’t care because Italians don’t believe in that garbage anymore anyway.

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The stage for Italy’s Brothers to storm the polls was set by the collapse of former Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government. Mr Draghi resigned after support for his government was withdrawn by the Five Star Movement (M5S), following tensions over how to handle the environmental and energy crisis.

This left Italy’s centre-left parties divided, having tried to form a broad alliance. The Italian electoral system favors groups capable of forming broad coalitions between parties.

A coalition between the Brothers of Italy, along with Matteo Salvini’s far-right Lega party and Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, is expected to win around 45% of the vote in the next election.

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