As Xi reemerges, Europe again falls prey to China’s divide-and-rule tactics – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BALI, Indonesia — Every European leader at this week’s G20 summit in Bali wanted a one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Not everyone got one. The Europeans’ desire to meet Xi was driven by the fact that this week was the first opportunity … Read more

How climate became the new culture war front line – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Delegates landing in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for U.N. climate talks this week are a global elite bent on tearing down national borders, stripping away individual freedoms and condemning working people to a life of poverty.  That dark view is held by a range of … Read more

Giorgia Meloni becomes Italy’s first female prime minister – POLITICO

ROME — Giorgia Meloni has been named Italy’s first female prime minister at the head of a right-wing government, after holding talks with the country’s president. After a week of infighting which overshadowed the negotiations, Meloni’s warring coalition put forward a united front, backing Meloni to lead the country during formal talks with President Sergio … Read more

How the far-right got out of the doghouse – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article European far-right politicians just stormed to victory in Italy, after achieving historic results in France and Sweden. “Everywhere in Europe, people aspire to take their destiny back into their own hands!” said Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Rally Party.  But if you think there … Read more

Inside the backroom deal to put Giorgia Meloni in office – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article ROME — On a sultry summer evening, a few days after Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government fell apart, Italy’s right-wing political leaders gathered in a private room inside Rome’s Palazzo Montecitorio, the lower house of parliament. The group included some of Europe’s most colorful, outspoken, and unpredictable political … Read more

Europe’s right wing cheers Meloni’s win in Italy, as others look on nervously – POLITICO

Europe’s right wing is cheering Giorgia Meloni’s projected win in Italy’s election. Everyone else is looking anxiously at what happens next. Meloni is set to lead Italy’s most right-wing government since Benito Mussolini after the coalition led by her Brothers of Italy party won around 44 percent of the vote on Sunday. On Monday morning, … Read more

Italy shifts to the right, Giorgia Meloni set to be first woman premier

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Italy on track to elect most right-wing government since Mussolini – POLITICO

ROME — Italy is on course to elect its most right-wing government since World War II, after projections suggested a coalition led by Giorgia Meloni is set to take power. Italians voted on Sunday in an election that analysts predicted would usher in the far-right firebrand Meloni — leader of the Brothers of Italy party … Read more

Italians Vote In Election That Could Take Far-Right To Power

ROME (AP) — Italians voted Sunday in an election that could move the country’s politics sharply toward the right during a critical time for Europe, with war in Ukraine fueling skyrocketing energy bills and testing the West’s resolve to stand united against Russian aggression. Polls opened at 7 a.m. (0500GMT) and by noon turnout was … Read more