Biden: Meloni's victory in Italy is warning for American democracy
President Biden used the results of last week's presidential election in Italy, which saw hard-right candidate Giorgia Meloni prevail, as a warning of what could befall the United States if the nation's politics succumbed to surging authoritarian impulses.news.yahoo.com
First female premier poised to take helm of Italy government
A party with neo-fascist roots has won the most votes in Italy’s national election, setting the stage for talks to form the country’s first far right-led government since World War II, with Giorgia Meloni at the helm as Italy’s first female premier.
A far-right politician is poised to become Italy’s first female leader
She was overlooked for years by Italy’s male-dominated political class. In a matter of weeks, if all goes as expected, she stands to become Italy’s first female leader. The right-wing bloc has said that the premier job should go to the leader of the party with the most votes. The catch now for Meloni is that to enter government, she’ll need Salvini, whose party is part of the right-wing coalition. Meloni’s party got 6 percent.washingtonpost.com
A century after Mussolini seized power, Giorgia Meloni looks to steer Italy back toward nationalism
Almost exactly 100 years after Benito Mussolini staged his “March on Rome” mass demonstration, during which his National Fascist Party seized power, Italy appears likely to hand control of its government to Giorgia Meloni, another leader of the nationalist right.news.yahoo.com
What Will Be Different About Italy’s Snap Elections
Italy has become synonymous with political turbulence, with the collapse of Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s ruling alliance the latest example of how tenuous a hold its leaders have on power. Elections are scheduled for Sept. 25 -- the first to be held since constitutional changes were adopted that shrank the size of the two parliamentary chambers. A right-wing coalition appears on track for a landslide victory in the vote, which comes as the euro area’s third-largest economy -- and one of its moswashingtonpost.com
Italy is on its way to being run by ‘post-fascists’
Brothers of Italy’s charismatic leader Giorgia Meloni has capitalized on a morass of public discontent over long-running problems. Like other far-right leaders in Europe, she rages against the country’s perceived inexorable decline.washingtonpost.com
EXPLAINER: Who gains or loses, what's next in Italy crisis
Italian Premier Mario Draghi’s decision to turn in his resignation after his “unity” coalition broke apart dramatically in Parliament was the latest step in a political crisis that could take months before a new government is solidly in place to lead the European Union’s third-largest economywashingtonpost.com
EXPLAINER: Who gains or loses, what's next in Italy crisis
Italian Premier Mario Draghi's decision to turn in his resignation after his “unity” coalition broke apart dramatically in Parliament was the latest step in a political crisis that could take months before a new government is solidly in place to lead the European Union's third-largest economy.
Europe urges unity on Taliban but is quiet on failed mission
European leaders say they will press for a unified international approach to dealing with a Taliban government in Afghanistan, as they looked on with dismay at the rapid collapse of two decades of a U.S.-led Western campaign in the country.
Italy's Draghi wins support of 2 rival parties for new govt
Leader of the Five-Stars Movement Vito Crimi, 2nd from right, addresses the media at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. Draghi, 73, the former president of the European Central Bank completed a first round of talks with political parties this week. Another round is expected early next week on potential Cabinet ministers and a synthesis from Draghi of his vision for the new government. AdItaly's president tapped Draghi this week to form a government after the resignation of ex-Premier Giuseppe Conte, who lost support of a small but key coalition party. Salvini’s move to support Draghi puts him at odds with the far-right Brothers of Italy party and its leader, Giorgia Meloni.
Italy's Conte: Draghi's new government should be political
Outgoing Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte waves as he leaves after meeting journalists outside Chigi palace Premier's office in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Draghi must rely on political support to pass measures aimed at helping Italy emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and revive its economy, already stagnant before being pummeled by lockdown measures. “I hope for a political government that is solid and has sufficient cohesion to be able to make political choices, because the urgencies of the country need political choices, they can’t be entrusted to technocrats,” Conte said. Conte also pitched to two other parties from his unraveled coalition, the center-left Democrats and the leftist Free and Equal Party. His call for a political alliance appeared to indicate Conte intended to stay in politics, even while out of office.
Italian premier resigns, setting off scramble for new allies
Italian Premier Conte was meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)ROME – Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday after a key coalition ally pulled his party’s support over Conte’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, setting the stage for consultations this week to determine if he can form a third government. Conte’s coalition government was thrown into turmoil earlier this month when a junior party headed by ex-Premier Matteo Renzi yanked its support. But Conte would need Renzi's support to form a new governing coalition or the backing of independents and the center-right Forza Italia party. Conte's first government starting in 2018 was a 5-Star alliance with the right-wing League party led by Matteo Salvini that lasted 15 months.