Who is Giorgia Meloni: life and politics of the leader of Fratelli D'Italia

Close up of Giorgia Meloni

Giorgia Meloni is a very long-standing politician, as well as the face and president of Fratelli d'Italia, the right-wing (and far-right) party founded in 2012 by her, Ignazio La Russa and Guido Crosetto.

Winner as the first party in the general elections of 25 September 2022.

Where she was born and her family

Born in northern Rome on January 15, 1977, but raised in the neighborhood Garbatella, she obtained the linguistic baccalaureate, with a grade of 60 out of 60, in 1996. Ten years later she joined the register as a professional journalist.

Many do not know it, but Giorgia Meloni's parents are not Romans, quite the contrary. The father is of origin Cagliari, while the mother is of Messina.

The abandonment of the father

A presence of the father that leads the young Giorgia to face a big trauma, the abandonment of the family by the father to move abroad, to the Canaries.

A trauma that will always be present and that will make her feel "inadequate" For all life.

Abandonment that strongly brought her closer to her mother, as a guide and reference. Her mother who wanted to keep her even knowing that her story with her father was already at a breaking point.

At 11, as he declares in his book "I'm Giorgia" he decided to permanently cut ties with the latter.

He left home when I was one year old. He lived at Canaries and we used to go to him for one, two weeks a year and that's it. When I was eleven, he gave a speech that shouldn't be given to a little girl and I said "I don't want to see you ever again". When he died I couldn't really feel an emotion, it's like he was a stranger

Giorgia Meloni

The diploma in languages ​​and the question of the degree

Giorgia Meloni has been heavily criticized, over the course of her years in politics, for failing to graduate.
A criticism to which he has always responded firmly, relying on the story of his life, strongly fought to be able to to maintain and continue on the political path.

Meloni's answer is clear: he had to work to support himself, not everyone can afford to study for many years before they can look for a job.

Career in politics from an early age

At just 15 years old, in 1992, he joined the Youth Front, a youth organization part of the Italian Social Movement - National Right, a political party of clear neo-fascist inspiration whose tricolor flame is then found in the symbol of the Brothers of Italy.

Four years later, in 1996, he is national manager at Student Action, a movement born from the furnace of the National Alliance.

From provincial councilor to deputy of the National Alliance

The relationship with the National Alliance tightens even more over the years, until the victory in 1998 of the primaries for the XI Municipality of Rome, where she was elected as councilor of the Province of Rome right with that party. Role in which he will remain in office until 2002.

In the meantime, in 2000 he became director of Youth Action, a movement born within the National Alliance, and in 2001 she was named by Gianfranco Fini as coordinator of the national regency committee of the same. A few years, and it was 2004 when she was elected president.

Until 2006, he earned a professional journalist's card while working for the Secolo d'Italia, a daily newspaper extremely close to the right and the official organ of the National Alliance (later part of the Popolo delle Libertà group).

Get to the Chamber of Deputies in 2006 always with the National Alliance in the Lazio 1 college, the youngest female parliamentarian of the fifteenth legislature. She will then become Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies until 2008.

The Ministry of Youth

Strong of his characterization as a young promise of the right, during the Berlusconi IV government (in 2008) she was appointed Minister for Youth, the youngest minister in the history of Republican Italy.

Also in that year the young Giorgia already made herself known for her strong positions, when she invited the Italian athletes, during the Beijing Olympics, to boycott the opening ceremony to express dissent towards the Chinese government's policy of violence towards the territories of Tibet. An opinion that she did not find support in the government that was close to her and that forced her to a partial retraction of what was said.

The transition to the Popolo delle Libertà and the presidency of the Young Italy

During 2009, the merger of the National Alliance with the People of Freedom will bring Meloni to the presidency of the Young Italy, a youth movement born within the party.

There will be little left, because already in 2012 she will resign in view of the birth of the party that will see her as a protagonist for the next 10 years.

The foundation of the Brothers of Italy and the presidency

It was in that same year, in November 2012, that Meloni announced her candidacy for the People of Freedom primary, but when the latter were later abolished by Berlusconi, she left the party and he founded together with Guido Crosetto e Ignazio La Russa the political movement of the Brothers of Italy.

Right-wing political movement that, at first, confirmed its position in the coalition with the Freedom Party despite the split.

A winning choice that he got her elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 2013 as well as group leader in the Chamber.

Since 2014 Giorgia Meloni is president of the Brothers of Italy in place of Ignazio La Russa.

In 2016 he attempted the attack on Rome, running as Mayor of the city and obtaining 20,64% of the votes. They were not enough as it was ousted already in the first round by Raggi who obtained 35% of the votes and by Giachetti of the PD with 24%.

In 2018 he presented Brothers of Italy in the political elections as part of the center-right coalition, but achieved a very poor result, barely reaching 4% of the votes. Consensus that rose slightly, to 6.9%, in the 2019 European elections.

The speech "I am Giorgia, I am a woman, I am a mother"

She became famous in the year of the European elections for a speech from the stage in Piazza San Giovanni in Rome.

Politics success in 2022, with 24% of the votes, made Brothers of Italy the first party.

Giorgia Meloni and the passion for fantasy and Tolkien

It is no secret that Giorgia Meloni has a strong passion for the fantasy world from a young age, even it seems that her fantasy bio with her opinions on dragons and the fantasy world was available online.

He also chose to call the party's annual convention "Atreju", A clear reference to one of the protagonists of"La storia infinita".

Just in the closing of the 2022 campaign, the choice fell on Pino Insegno (famous voice actor) with a clear reference to the Lord of the Rings in Aragorn's speech, voiced by Pino Insegno.

The day of defeat will come, but this is not the day.

The Hobbit Fields of the far right

What many do not know is that as a young girl Meloni attended the Hobbit fields, or rather of the rallies organized by the Youth Front, therefore of a far-right matrix, since 1977.
The reference to Tolkien's world is clear already from the name, but the matrix is ​​not at all playful, just think that in some of these fields there were also paramilitary manifestations.

Giorgia Meloni's partner and the failed marriage

One of the strongest criticisms aimed at Meloni is that of the "missed marriage“, In consideration of the very stringent ideals to which it is affiliated relating to the“ traditional family ”.

Ideals that would push on the traditional marriage of a man and a woman.

Their now solid and lasting coexistence, in fact the two also have a daughter, Geneva, born in 2016.

The historical companion was Andrew Giambruno, a Mediaset journalist he met in 2014 just behind the scenes of a show he was the author of.

A "hasty" meeting, in which Giambruno "snatched" a fruit from Meloni's hand that she was about to eat without realizing that they were about to go live.
A meeting of glances that started the courtship.

A curiosity about the couple is that Giambruno has always claimed to vote on the left, in clear opposition with the party of his partner. Even on LGBTQ + and cannabis issues, the two seem to be in total disagreement.

Meloni publicly thanked her teammate after the victory in September 2022.

The breakdown of the relationship between Giorgia Meloni and Andrea Giambruno

On 20 October 2023 the two separated, Meloni herself announced it through a post on her social channels. The separation comes after “off the air" published by Striscia La Notizia in which Giambruno has an inappropriate attitude with colleagues.

Although her statement indicates that the separation was already underway, it is impossible not to consider things connected given that the separation comes 2 days after the first broadcast.


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Meloni's daughter: Ginevra

As Meloni has repeatedly recalled, especially during the famous rally in San Giovanni, she has a daughter.

Geneva was born on September 16, 2016 and to announce the birth was the mother through the Facebook profile.

A constant presence on the Meloni channels is that of her daughter, who started her first grade school career during her mother's election campaign.

The inconsistency of Giorgia Meloni and the changes of opinion

One of the main accusations against Giorgia Meloni is that relating to both the inconsistency between her private life and the opinions held in the parliamentary debate, and to changes of opinion relatively frequent, with the succession of various statements in denial to each other even within a few weeks, in particular on the presence or absence of Italy in the Euro.

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