Last Sunday, Italians voted for the most right-wing government since Benito Mussolini. The controversial politician who heads the winning coalition, Giorgia Meloni, will become Italy’s first female prime minister.
Meloni has become something of a darling to many Republicans in the United States, who invited her to speak at this year’s CPAC conference. The “Brothers of Italy”, co-founded by Meloni in 2012, was a fringe party with neo-fascist roots. It has renamed itself in recent years as a socially conservative and ultra-nationalist party that is also a European voice in the growing transnational culture wars.