When Democracy Fails

Giorgia Meloni was always the winner. If the press is anything to go by, her triumph was confirmed the day Mario Draghi resigned.

The minority view. Borgo Filadelfia, Torino.

Chalk it up to the Fratelli d’Italia chief’s preparedness. Citing favourable polls, her campaign aimed for Italy’s hearts and minds. Two months later, Meloni claimed victory.

Technically, that is. Not by popular vote. Battleground Editor-in-Chief Joel Schalit interviewed staff writer Basilio Korman about why she triumphed and what it says about the state of Italian democracy.

The results, or so Korman explains, don’t just confirm the expertise with which the Fratelli d’Italia blitzkrieg was carried out, but the lack of leftwing parties in mainstream politics.

The second part of this interview will be published on Thursday.

Photograph courtesy of Joel Schalit. All rights reserved.