Who is the real Giorgia Meloni? The Italians will find out in 2023. The essential question is what the new President of the Council, who triumphed in the general elections in September, really believes in.
She is the head of a party, Fratelli d’Italia, whose origins date back to post-war neo-fascism. He dominates a right-wing alliance steeped in populism. Will she turn out to be the Trump-esque provocateur who offered an unequivocally American far-right inspired agenda in some speeches, especially when she was abroad? Or will she be the staunch but reasonable conservative who aligned herself with Italy’s partners in NATO over Ukraine, sought advice from her respected predecessor, Mario Draghi, and pleaded for management prudent public finances?