At the age of 15, Giorgia Meloni knocked on the door of the Youth Front. The stern-looking little girl was starting a career exclusively devoted to politics that now reaches her highest challenge: being the first woman to conquer the government of Italy. According to polls, the leader of the ‘Brothers of Italy’ will be voted the most in next Sunday’s elections, and could come to power in a coalition with Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi.
a childhood among women
The Preface to Meloni’s Life (Rome, 1977) is marked by an indelible seal of abandonment. His mother, Anna, had to raise him alone, along with his beloved older sister, Ariana, after his father abandoned him and left for the Canary Islands. One day her mother explained to her that she had brought her into the world, ignoring those who recommended abortion: “I am grateful for everything my mother, a woman of desire, cultured, who hides a fragile soul behind an armour. hides that she wears to face life,” she admits in her memoir, 2021.
The girls maintained a weak contact with their elusive father, visiting him every summer in La Gomera, until only 11-year-old Giorgia decided not to see him anymore, when she point-blanked his interest. Missed heard. And he kept it till his death. They had “a wounded family”, a mother and two girls under the roof of a “good” Rome apartment that one day a candle caught fire, the sisters left burning in their rooms.
“We met on the street,” he recalls. Mrs. Anna managed to sell what was left of the house and moved to the working-class neighborhood of Garbatella, where she incidentally came into contact with politics to which she would devote her life. Meloni loved music, ate the pages of “The Lord of the Rings” and made no secret of being bullied, from Italian singer-songwriters to Michael Jackson.
his political baptism
Everything changed when, at the age of 15, he knocked on the “shielded” door of the Youth Front, the youth organization of the former Italian Social Movement (MSI). The girl, always opposed to celebrating Liberation Day from Nazi fascism because it was “divisive”, inaugurated her insurgency in a scorching heat of 1992, while the First Republic collapsed under the weight of corruption and mafia bombs.
Her life included weekend activism, codenamed “Calimera”, driving away left-wing street gangs, and babysitting or waitress jobs to bring home money. In 1996, four years later, the young woman, already known for her dialectical rigor, emerged as the national leader of “Azione Studenteska”, the new face of the national coalition youth movement, MSI, with whom she was elected provincial councillor. Went. Rome. Her rise was meteoric, passing over all men, reaching the age of 29 in the Chamber of Deputies, of which she was vice-president until 2008, when she was appointed minister of youth by Berlusconi.
The rise of this woman with a deep voice, blonde hair and icy eyes coincides with her presidency, since 2014, the Brothers of Italy, the new successor to MSI, with whom she prepares to conquer the country. In 2016 she tried to become mayor of Rome with no success, but she gained much popularity by campaigning for her only daughter, Genevara, to become pregnant as queen of Lancelot, who is known for her relationship with journalist Andrea Giambruno. The result was.
His role has only grown since then (he got a 4% reduction in the 2018 elections). Its success stems from its role as the sole opposition to Mario Draghi’s defunct National Unity Coalition to exploit discontent over the pandemic. During this time, he has crossed borders as a supporter of Hungarian Viktor Orbán or as president of the European Conservative and Reformist Party.
His high point came when, in October 2019, he appeared before thousands at the Plaza de San Juan de Letran, a trade union manor, to declare: “I am Georgia, I am a woman, a mother, One Italian and one Christian and they won’t take it away from me”. Then two men took her speech, mixed it with electronic music, and inadvertently elevated her to a pop icon. The whole of Italy danced and spread that catchy song.
His rivals, he says, are the “bureaucrats” in Brussels, the LGBT community or “living room left”, while praising Vladimir Putin’s Russia for sharing “a system of European values, protecting Christianity and combating Islamic fundamentalism”. do, although it promises “loyalty” to the West.
His ideology made it forever clear in a Vox electoral act in Marbella: “There is no potential arbitration, it is called yes or no. Yes to the natural family, no to the LGBT lobby; yes to sexual identity.” No to gender ideology, yes to the culture of life, no to the abyss of death; yes to the universality of the cross, no to Islamic violence; yes to secure borders, no to mass immigration”. Giorgia Meloni was presenting herself to the world.