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Roma, (EFE). – The extreme right Giorgia Meloni, the big favorite to become the first woman to preside over a government in Italy after the elections of September 25, assures in an interview with EFE that she feels “ready to govern” and that “no one does not believe in Italy” that its victory is a danger to democracy, as its opponents say. In a break from his intense electoral campaign during which he traveled the whole country, Meloni also reassures the European Union: “We are not at all against Europe, but for a more efficient Europe”.

“Made in Italy”

Ask: Italy is going through a period of great challenges. If they win the election, what will be the first thing they will do?
Answer: The highest priority is to support families and businesses in this terrible phase of rising prices and energy. In Italy, too many companies have reduced or stopped production and risk closing if the government does not intervene with drastic measures. Many families are at risk of not being able to pay their bills. The maximum European gas price and the decoupling of gas and electricity are needed immediately. This last measure can also be taken immediately at the national level. Secondly, we want to relaunch the economy by lowering labor taxes, simplifying bureaucracy, creating strategic infrastructures, relaunching an industrial policy based on the appreciation of “Made in Italy”. In addition, we want to restore security and stop uncontrolled immigration which, together with the left in government, has reached an incredible number of illegal arrivals on our shores.

Q: Why should Italians vote for the Brothers of Italy?
R: On September 25, Italians have a great opportunity to end the long term of the left, which has been in government almost continuously without ever winning an election. The vote of the Brothers in Italy, however, will not be a vote of protest, but a vote of strong change. The Italians know they can trust us because we are consistent. We have been in opposition for a long time, but we have never stopped making our proposals or supporting the useful measures of the various governments. Those who choose us know exactly what they are choosing, whether they like it or not, but there are no surprises.

Q: Are they ready to rule?
R: Brothers of Italy is the party of Italian conservatives, we believe in the freedom of the person and the centrality of the family, in the Italian, European and Western cultural identity, in private initiative and social solidarity. We have a competent and prepared leadership class. Today we feel ready to govern, if the Italians want it.

A danger to democracy

P: What do you think of those who say that with your victory and that of the centre-right, democracy is in danger?
R: This is paradoxical. For years in Italy we have had governments led by unelected Prime Ministers, often with majorities other than those resulting from elections. In the pandemic, we have seen unprecedented restrictions on freedom. However, it is only now that there is talk of danger to democracy, because eventually the Italians will vote and perhaps give a large majority to the center-right led by the Brothers of Italy. Nobody in Italy believes that, not even the left itself, which uses it as a weapon of despair.
We are a solid democracy and those who sound the alarm about the future of Italy do not harm Giorgia Meloni, but Italy itself. The truth is that the only thing in danger is the power system of the left, which in Italy always governs without ever winning elections. In short, we will be a right-wing government, we already administer 15 regions and hundreds of municipalities… What are we talking about?

A more efficient Europe

P: He was harshly critical of Europe and there is an anti-European wing in his party. What would you say to those in Europe who fear the arrival of Brothers from Italy in the Government?
R: My party has no anti-European wing, we only have one line, which is that of the European conservatives. The pandemic before and the war today have shown us what has gone wrong in the construction of the EU over the past decades. For too many years, Brussels has expanded its powers in many aspects of our daily life, forgetting a common foreign and defense policy, to ensure our energy autonomy.
I would like a Europe that does fewer things and does them better, with less centralism and more subsidiarity, less bureaucracy and more politics. We are not at all against Europe, but for a more efficient Europe, which knows how to be a real added value for its citizens. And as for Italy, I would just like to give it back the place it deserves in the international context and better defend its national interests in the EU institutions, as the Germans and the French do very well, without anyone not be scandalized.

The president of the far-right formation Brothers of Italy delivers a speech during a meeting of the party's National Leadership, in the group room of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Italy, July 28.  EFE/EPA/FABIO CIMAGLIA
The president of the Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, in a speech before the national leadership of the party, last July. EFE/EPA/FABIO CIMAGLIA

maternity support

Q: Do you feel feminist?
R: Italian feminism has historically been on the left, where there is an open debate: on ethical and political questions of gender, as well as on the possibility that the prime minister in Italian history is a non-leftist woman. For this reason, now the left attacks me saying that I am a woman, but I think like a man. They are actually going crazy because after decades of rhetorical proclamations, women on the left are not finding a place, while women on the right are.

P: Are the Brothers of Italy planning changes to the right to abortion?
R: I am specific and what interests me is to promote family-work balance policies, to eliminate the wage gap between the sexes and to support motherhood. With regard to abortion, our intention is to fully implement the first part of the current law 194, that is to provide prevention policies to offer an alternative to women who are considering having an abortion. for economic reasons. These women must find a friendly State on their side: more opportunities and not less rights.

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