Last Sunday, Italians voted for the most right-wing government since Benito Mussolini. The controversial politician leading the winning coalition, Giorgia Meloni, will become Italy’s first female prime minister.
Meloni has become a darling of sorts for many Republicans in America, who invited her to speak at this year’s CPAC conference. The “Brothers of Italy,” co-founded by Meloni in 2012, was a fringe party with neo-fascist roots. It rebranded itself in recent years as a socially conservative, ultra-nationalist party that’s also a European voice in the growing trans-national culture wars.
From a rooftop bar near central Rome, Ryan Lizza and POLITICO Europe’s Rome correspondent, Hannah Roberts, dig into Meloni’s history, rise, and how she’s likely to lead Italy’s government with EU, NATO, and Russian relationships center stage.