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Leader of Lega Matteo Salvini and leader of Fratelli d'Italia Giorgia Meloni greet at  a demonstration in Rome, Italy.

Pandemic opens the door for an Italian conservative

Italian politics has been reshaped by the coronavirus. Dissatisfaction with the populist star Matteo Salvini has meant an opportunity for a new rising figure, Giorgia Meloni. The former Berlusconi minister has brought back the networks and rhetoric of the traditional right wing, while cultivating ties with conservatives in Europe and even the United States. As the government struggles with pandemic politics, Ms. Meloni is angling to be the next big thing.

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