October 7, 2022

The far-right Meloni favorite to rule in Italy

Cristina Cabrejas |

Rome, (EFE). – The far-right Giorgia Meloni, the all-time favorite to become the first woman to chair a government in Italy after the September 25 elections, assures in an interview with EFE that she “feels willing to rule” and that “no one believes that in Italy” that his victory is a danger to democracy, as his opponents say. In a pause of his intense election campaign in which he has traveled all over the country, Meloni also reassures the European Union: “We are not at all against Europe, but for a more efficient Europe”.

“Made in Italy”

To ask: Italy is going through a time of great challenges. If they win the election, what’s the first thing they’ll do?
Answer: The highest priority is to support families and businesses in this terrible phase of rising prices and energy. In Italy, too many companies have reduced or stopped production and are likely to close if the government does not intervene with drastic measures. Many families are at risk of not being able to pay their bills. The European maximum gas price and the decoupling of gas and electricity are necessary with immediate effect. The latter measure can also be taken directly nationally. Secondly, we want to revitalize the economy by lowering taxes on work, simplifying bureaucracy, creating strategic infrastructures and relaunching an industrial policy based on the appreciation of “Made in Italy”. In addition, we want to restore security and end uncontrolled immigration, which with the left-wing government has reached incredible numbers of illegal arrivals on our shores.

Q: Why should Italians vote for Brothers of Italy?
R: On September 25, the Italians have a great chance to end the long tenure of the left, which has been in government almost continuously without ever winning elections. However, the voice of the Brothers of Italy will not be a protest voice, but a voice of strong change. The Italians know they can trust us because we are consistent. We have been in the opposition for a long time, but we have never stopped making our proposals or supporting the useful measures of the various governments. Those who choose us know exactly what they choose, whether they like it or not, but there are no surprises.

Q: Are they ready to rule?
R: Brothers of Italy is the party of Italian conservatives, we believe in the freedom of the person and in the centrality of the family, in Italian, European and Western cultural identity, in private initiative and in social solidarity. We have a competent and prepared leadership class. Today we feel ready to rule, if the Italians want it.

A danger to democracy

p: What do you think of those who say that with your victory and that of the center right democracy is in danger?
R: It’s paradoxical. For years in Italy we have had governments headed by unelected prime ministers, often with a different majority than that resulting from the elections. In the pandemic, we have seen unprecedented restrictions on freedom. However, it is only now that there is a threat to democracy, because at last the Italians will vote and perhaps give a large majority to the center right led by the Brothers of Italy. No one in Italy believes that, not even the left itself, who use it as a weapon of despair.
We are a solid democracy and those who sound the alarm about Italy’s future are not harming Giorgia Meloni, but Italy itself. The truth is that the only thing in danger is the power system of the left, which always rules in Italy without ever winning elections. In short, we become a right-wing government, we already govern 15 regions and hundreds of municipalities… What are we talking about?

A more effective Europe

p: He has criticized Europe harshly and there is an anti-European wing in his party. What would you say to those in Europe who fear the coming of brothers from Italy to the government?
R: My party does not have an anti-European wing, we only have one line, and that is that of the European conservatives. The pandemic before that and the war now have shown us what has failed to build the EU in recent decades. For too many years, Brussels has expanded its powers in many aspects of our daily lives, forgetting a common foreign and defense policy, about ensuring our energy autonomy.
I would like to see a Europe that does less things and does better, with less centralism and more subordination, less bureaucracy and more politics. We are not against Europe at all, but for a more efficient Europe, a Europe that knows how to bring real added value to its citizens. And as for Italy, I would just like to restore the role it deserves in the international context and defend its national interests better in the EU institutions, as the Germans and French do very well, without making anyone feel shameful.

The chairman of the far-right Brothers of Italy formation delivers a speech at a meeting of the party's National Directorate, in the Group Room of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Italy, on July 28.  EFE/EPA/FABIO CIMAGLIA
The President of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, in a speech to the National Directorate of the party last July. EFE/EPA/FABIO CIMAGLIA

maternity help

Q: Do you feel feminist?
R: Italian feminism is historically situated on the left, where there is open debate: on ethical and political questions about gender, but also on the possibility that the prime minister in Italian history is a non-left woman. For this reason, the left is now attacking me by saying that I am a woman, but I think like a man. They’re actually going crazy because, after decades of rhetorical proclamations, women on the left don’t find space while women on the right do.

p: Are the Brothers of Italy planning changes to abortion rights?
R: I am specific and what interests me is promoting policies for the reconciliation of family and work, closing the gender pay gap and supporting motherhood. With regard to abortion, our intention is to fully implement the first part of the current law 194, which is to provide prevention policies to provide an alternative to women who are considering abortion for economic reasons. These women need to find a friendly state by their side: more opportunities, not less rights.

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