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Italy’s far right celebrate Draghi’s downfall and look poised to take power

By Angela Giuffrida

21 Jul 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s undoing has opened the door to a possible far-right government in Italy—an outcome that would rock the EU. The Guardian reports on the rise of “Brothers of Italy.”

If Wednesday marked a brutal, undignified end for Mario Draghi’s government, one person who enjoyed watching his downfall from the sidelines was Giorgia Meloni, the leader of Brothers of Italy, a party with neofascist origins, who is in pole position to become Italy’s next prime minister after snap elections this autumn.

As the shenanigans played out in the senate, culminating with three key parties in Draghi’s coalition boycotting a confidence vote and him resigning, Meloni took to the stage in Piazza Vittorio, a square in Rome where Brothers of Italy, the only party to stay out of Draghi’s government, have set up a shop for the month of July, to express her satisfaction.

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