Thinking Citizen Blog — Giorgia Meloni Could Be the First Female Prime Minister of Italy

Thinking Citizen Blog — Monday is Foreign Policy Day

Today’s Topic: Giorgia Meloni Could Be the First Female Prime Minister of Italy

Meloni’s party, the far-right Fratelli d’Italia, was a split-off from Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party (PdL) in 2012. “The bulk of the party leadership (including Meloni), as well as the symbol of the movement (the tricolour flame), comes from the National Alliance (NA, 1995–2009) party, which had merged into PdL in 2009. AN was the heir to the Italian Social Movement (MSI, 1945–1995), a neo-fascist party founded by former members of the banned National Fascist Party (1921–1943) and the Republican Fascist Party (1943–1945).” Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

YESTERDAY’S ELECTION: center-right coalition wins 44% — does it matter?

1. A combination of Fratelli d’Italia (26%), Lega (Salvani, 8.7%), Forza d’Italia x5t(Berlusconi, 8.1%).

2. The center-left coalition won 26%

3. The Five Star movement (founded by Beppe Grillo) 15%.

NB: “It’s easier to gain power in Italy than to stay on long enough to change it. The typical government lasts no more than 400 days. Political zigzags are the norm.”

THE BROADER EUROPEAN CONTEXT — France, Sweden, Spain

1. “The victory, in an election with lower turnout than usual, comes as formerly taboo and marginalized parties with Nazi or fascist heritages are entering the mainstream — and winning elections — across Europe.”

2. “This month, a hard-right group founded by neo-Nazis and skinheads became “ the largest party in Sweden’s likely governing coalition. “

3. “In France this year, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen — for a second consecutive time — reached the final round of presidential elections.”

NB: “In Spain, the hard-right Vox, a party closely aligned with Ms. Meloni, is surging.”

MELONI SUPPORTS THE UKRAINE BUT SOME OF HER PARTNERS DON’T

1. Ms. Meloni has staunchly, and consistently, supported Ukraine and its right to defend itself against Russian aggression and has vowed to supply Kyiv with arms if she were prime minister.”

2. “But her coalition partners — Matteo Salvini, the firebrand leader of the League, and the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi — have shown themselves partial to Mr. Putin, questioning sanctions and echoing his propaganda.”

3. “That fracture, and the bitter competition between the right-wing leaders, could prove fatal for the coalition, leading to a short-lived government. But some political analysts say Ms. Meloni, having attained power, may be tempted to soften her support for sanctions, which are unpopular in much of Italy.”

NB: “If she does, there is concern that Italy could be the weak link that breaks the European Union’s strong united position against Russia.”

Giorgia Meloni Wins Voting in Italy, in Breakthrough for Europe’s Hard Right

Italy election results set up first far-right government since Mussolini

Giorgia Meloni — Wikipedia

Brothers of Italy — Wikipedia

Quote of the Month:

“The single biggest challenge in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” (William H. Whyte, author of The Organization Man” (1956)

ATTACHMENTS BELOW:

#1 A graphic guide to justice (9 metaphors on one page).

#2 “39 Songs, Prayers, and Poems: the Keys to the Hearts of Seven Billion People” — Adams House Senior Common Room Presentation, 11/17/20

PDF with headlines — Google Drive

YOUR TURN

Please share the coolest or most important thing you learned in the last week, month, or year related to foreign policy. Or, even better, the coolest or most important thing you learned in our life related to foreign policy.

This is your chance to make someone else’s day. And to consolidate in your memory something important you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than otherwise about something dear to your heart. Continuity is the key to depth of thought. The prospect of imminent publication, like hanging and final exams, concentrates the mind. A useful life long habit.

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