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Giorgia Meloni: Italy’s new leader arrives at a critical time for Europe

From political wilderness to pole position to become Italy’s first female prime minister, this is the moment Giorgia Meloni has been waiting for all her political life, since she first started as a far-right teen activist in a working class district of Rome.

  • Katya Adler
  • BBC

A hard grafter and canny politician, she presented two faces on the campaign trail this election.

Her signature hard-edged, firebrand tones on the one hand, and a more measured, conservative persona, on the other.

She hoped that would attract a more mainstream vote.

The gamble paid off.

She’s headed for Palazzo Chigi – the…

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