Headline RoundupSeptember 25th, 2022

Italy Votes on New Government, Reevaluating Place in European Order

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In Italy, voters are heading to the polls in an election that outlets are painting as a turning point for the country. After the government of the former prime minister, Mario Draghi, collapsed in July from infighting, a new coalition from the right is predicted to take power in the midst of economic and social turmoil. Reporting on the election has focused heavily on Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy party, a right-wing populist group. If elected, Meloni would become the first female prime minister in the country’s history.

The election comes as the people of Italy struggle with the ongoing energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The vote is being framed by outlets as a referendum on Italy’s role in the European system, with a potential disenchantment with the European Union giving rise to the Brothers of Italy. The group, which was formed in 2012, is often referenced in connection to its neo-fascist predecessors, a link that Meloni has shied away from.

Reporting on the election has heavily covered the greater implications of a hard right turn in the southern European country and the issues that have led to the shifting tide. BBC News (Center bias) labeled the potential Meloni-led coalition as the “most right-wing government since World War Two,” referencing the regime of the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Breitbart News (Right bias) cited the economic toll of European sanctions on Russia as a leading factor in Meloni’s growing appeal to Italians. 

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