Giorgia Meloni denies being a fascist and anchors Italy in the EU and NATO

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Giorgia Meloni denies being a fascist and anchors Italy in the EU and NATO

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni during her speech in Parliament.

New Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni firmly anchored Italy at the heart of the EU and NATO on Tuesday while rejecting any “proximity” to fascism, a month to the day after the historic victory of his far-right Fratelli d'Italia party in the elections and the concern it has caused.

Italy is doing full part of Europe and the Western world, she forcefully affirmed on Tuesday during her general policy speech to the deputies, who then, at the start of the evening, voted confidence in her government.

I have never had any sympathy or closeness to undemocratic regimes. For no regime, including fascism, wanted to highlight the one who was an admirer of Mussolini in her youth, even if in August she had already assured that the right had relegated fascism to history.

The first woman to lead a government in Italy's history also promised that the country would remain a reliable NATO partner in support of Ukraine which opposes Russia's aggression.

These statements are clearly aimed at reassuring Brussels and Rome's partners, as Meloni has pro-Russian partners in her coalition, including League leader Matteo Salvini and Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, a personal friend of Vladimir Putin.

“Those who think it is possible to exchange our tranquility for the freedom of Ukraine are wrong.

— Giorgia Meloni, new Prime Minister of Italy

Caving in to Putin's energy blackmail wouldn't solve the problem, it would make it worse, paving the way for new claims, blackmail and future increases. prices] of energy even higher than those we have seen in recent months, she judged.

Regarding the European Union, she explained that the Italian approach was not to slow down and sabotage European integration, but to make the Community machine work better.

Italy will respect European rules, she also assured, even if Rome also wants to help change those that do not work.

The EU is a common house to face the challenges that member states can hardly face alone, she added, judging that the EU does not x27; has not done enough in this area in the past.

Giorgia Meloni officially takes over from his predecessor Mario Draghi

Anyone who questions the shortcomings of the EU is not an enemy or a heretic, but someone who wants to contribute to a more effective European integration to face the great challenges facing it. ;waiting, said Ms. Meloni, who took office on Sunday.

For Lorenzo Codogno, former chief economist of the Italian Treasury and visiting professor at the London School of Economics, these words, which affirm respect for democratic institutions and international alliances, show that we are heading more towards a classic conservative government and not towards a regime with fascist tendencies.

A vote of confidence is due to take place Wednesday in the Senate, where the prime minister also has an absolute majority.

While inflation is raging, she has pledged, but without going into details, to strengthen support measures for households and businesses, both for energy bills than for fuel.

Former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, leader of the 5 Star Movement (ex-antisystem, opposition) denounced a speech where citizens did not hear a single word about solutions to their exorbitant bills or the energy crisis.

Inflation rose by 8.9% year on year in September, and Italy was particularly affected by the energy crisis due to its dependence on imports of Russian gas.

Giorgia Meloni applauded by members of her government after her first speech in parliament

The peninsula is expected to enter recession in 2023 as its debt reaches 150% of GDP, the highest ratio high in the euro zone after Greece.

The solution to reduce the debt is not blind austerity […] but sustainable and structural economic growth, argued the Prime Minister, whose speech was regularly interrupted by bursts of applause.

At the same time, it wants to reduce the tax burden on companies and households, while the excessive tax burden is one of the main obstacles to the creation of jobs and the competitiveness of our companies on international markets.

Regarding the nearly €200 billion windfall in EU grants and loans from its post-pandemic recovery fund, she x27;is committed to spending them as well as possible by negotiating with the European Commission the necessary adjustments […] in the light, above all, of the rise in the price of raw materials and the energy crisis.

On illegal immigration, a battle horse of the extreme right, she affirmed her government's desire to stop illegal departures [of x27;Africa] and put an end to human trafficking in the Mediterranean.

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