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Italy’s Giorgia Meloni is defying early expectations

By Danielle Pletka

22 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Giorgia Meloni's election in Italy prompted concerns about far-right tendencies, Danielle Pletka writes in The Dispatch. So far, though, she’s governed more like Margaret Thatcher than Viktor Orbán.

Just who is Giorgia Meloni? The image presented in the media is at odds with her actual record in her first six months as Italy’s prime minister.

The Associated Press led the news of her election thus: “Her heart steeped in far-right tenets, as a young teen Giorgia Meloni embarked on an ideological quest that has propelled her—30 years later—to the height of government power.” More recently, the state-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation asked, “Is Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni a Fascist?” The Atlantic all but labeled her a Nazi. Thus far, that narrative is wrong.

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