Italians will vote in national elections this coming Sunday after Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s unity government was brought down by party infighting in July. That has ushered in a summer of fierce campaigning and feisty debates, both on television and along sidewalk cafes, during a time when most Italians are relaxing at the beach.
If polls are correct, then history could be made once the votes are counted. Giorgia Meloni, who heads the Brothers of Italy party, could very well become the country’s first female prime minister since the nation became a republic in 1946.
Running on a “God, homeland and family” platform, the 45-year-old neo-conservative has her supporters giddy and her foes warning Italy could again turn to fascism.
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Brothers of Italy — named after the opening words of the country’s national anthem — has roots in the post-war fascist movement that has hailed the legacy of dictator Benito Mussolini. The right-wing…