Francesco Galietti

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Fratelli D'Italia party leader Giorgia Meloni attends a rally for the elections in Piazza Roma on May 30, 2022 in Monza, Italy (Photo by Alessandro Bremec/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

I am often asked what Giorgia Meloni -- leader of the national conservative Brothers of Italy party, and likely next prime minister of the country -- is really up to.

What comparables should we be looking at? Hungary, Poland, Brazil and even the United Kingdom (not to mention the United States under Donald Trump) are all countries where the "destra" or "right wing" seized power at least in part on the back of nationalist sentiment.

But 45-year-old Meloni, who is the favorite to become Italy's youngest and first female prime minister in Sunday's election, does not fit into neat definitions. Her meteoric rise is perhaps best described as an audacious balancing exercise.…  Seguir leyendo »