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Rise of Giorgia Meloni and her Brothers of Italy reveals Western democracy in crisis

Colin Murphy


The party has direct roots to the country’s fascist past and its success built on a schism that now defines our politics

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Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy party, on the campaign trail. Photo: Alessia Pierdomenico.

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy party, on the campaign trail. Photo: Alessia Pierdomenico.

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy party, on the campaign trail. Photo: Alessia Pierdomenico.

What to call Giorgia Meloni and her Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party, winners of last week’s Italian election?

Post-fascist” said The Guardian and Washington Post. “Neofascist” said German public broadcaster DW. “Post-neo-fascist” said historian Timothy Garton Ash, writing in the Financial Times. Guardian columnist Van Badham preferred “fascist-adjacent”.


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