“If we are called on to govern this nation we will do it for all the Italians, with the aim of uniting the people and focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us,” she said. “This is a time for being responsible.”
But her anti-abortion and anti-immigration views have already sparked concerns in Brussels, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warning the executive was ready to use its tools against a “difficult” government ahead of the vote.
In France, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne told RMC Radio that while she did not want to comment on Italians’ democratic choices, she nevertheless wanted to highlight that the European Union had certain values to uphold, such as on abortion and human rights.
European capitals and financial markets will carefully scrutinise Ms Meloni’s early moves – starting from her ministerial picks – given her eurosceptic past and her allies’ ambivalent position on Russia.
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