Meloni says a right-wing government in Italy poses no threat to Europe

The leader of the Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, has assured that a right-wing government headed by her formation would pose no threat either to the country or to its international allies.

Meloni, whose party is leading the polls ahead of the September 25 elections, has denounced in an interview to the newspaper ‘La Stampa’ an alleged panic campaign fomented by “political think tanks from the left” that “makes no sense” and only wants to “terrorize the markets.”

Italy is heading for new elections following the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi last week. The vote will be the first held in autumn in the country’s history, and Draghi will remain as interim prime minister until a new government takes office.

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While the Meloni-led coalition is likely to campaign on a combination of fiscal largesse and nationalist policies, which could destabilize markets and create tension with European Union partners, the change would not jeopardize Italy’s ability to secure much-needed EU recovery funding, according to Meloni.

Similarly, he has assured that his party’s pro-NATO and pro-Ukraine stance will not change, despite the fact that his party is preparing to contest national elections in coalition with Matteo Salvini’s League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, both of which have criticized arms deliveries to Kiev and historically have maintained strong ties with Russia.

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The abstention of Brothers of Italy in a key vote on funding was because Draghi’s government did not give the party, which was the main opposition force, enough time to examine the details, according to Meloni.

Given that her party will be the main voting basket of the coalition, Meloni confirmed that she will run for prime minister if the grouping wins the election. “Whoever wins will govern,” she has assured in the interview, picked up by Bloomberg.

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