Over the past few years Brothers of Italy it has built a series of alliances and international relations that have increased visibility beyond national borders for the right-wing social party led by Giorgia Meloni. Today it is intent on testing its political growth also in terms of the maturation of a consolidated and operational network extended beyond Italy, with clear points of reference and prospects for dialogue, whose periodic running-in is a necessary exercise for any training that has government ambitions of our country.
Fdi has mainly taken two directions: on the one hand, the one that looks toEurope, in search of the perspective to build a “third way” between the traditional political families represented in Strasbourg (popular and socialist) and the barricade temptations of a populist and sovereign alternative that has failed to take full body; with this in mind, the positioning of Fdi in the group of European Conservatives and Reformists (Ecr) offered support when the formation had to rethink its positioning following the exit from the group of the English Tories.
On the other hand, Fdi has built increasingly close relationships after the 2018 political elections and the 2019 European elections with various exponents of the Republican Party in the period of the Trump administration and, year after year, has gradually assumed a posture of all-out dialogue with Washington, considering a condition not the maintenance of the alliance with the States even after the rise of a president like Joe Biden considered from various points of view distant from the political vision of the party.
Two in particular were the moments in which the rise of Fdi in the international arena was evident. And they both coincided with two important personal achievements for Giorgia Meloni. On 5 February 2020, the honorable Roman was invited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast “, an event organized annually by the Republican Party and attended by President Donald Trump, a few days after giving one of the key speeches in the National Conservatism Conference 2020 in Rome. from the theme God, Honor, Country: President Ronald
Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and the Freedom of Nations, in which numerous personalities of Western national-conservatism took part, including Viktor Orbán and Marion Maréchal-Le Pen. The initiative helped to accredit Meloni and Fdi as the Italian referents of US conservatives, and to project the leader of the Italian social right at the top of the reference group in Europe. In September 2020, in fact, the second significant result came for Meloni, appointed as president of the Ecr group which includes the Spaniards of Vox and the Poles of Law and Justice, setting itself the goal of welcoming Fidesz, Orban’s party, into its ranks.
The Fdi model for Europe is that of seeking a point of convergence between the traditional liberal right and the sovereign right, able to systematize the different souls of the area avoiding the most extremist impulses and creating a project of breaking with the traditional bipolarisms that govern Europe. Several conservative or popular formations are feeling the need for a change of this kind. In France, for example, in view of the presidential elections in the Gaullist right camp, it has long been argued that the ideal candidate to oppose Emmanuel Macron would be a figure capable of combining the ability of Marine Le Pen to speak to the popular classes, to the electorate of the deep country, to the pragmatism of government and to the defense of the identity of the republican values historically proper to the heirs of the General. A conservatism modern, in short, equidistant and capable of being a point of convergence between the various fields.
This project looks in perspective at the possibility of forming a political group in Strasbourg that is much more cohesive than the sum of the various Eurosceptics and identities that make up the galaxy of Identity and Democracy, and is combined with a realistic approach in international relations that has avoided Meloni and Fdi, despite the brief “Bannonian” parenthesis, from being displaced by the end of the Trumpian experience. Since Soleimani case Fdi maintained critical support for Trump’s US, and even after the change of administration there was no shortage of surprising points of contact with the Biden agenda. The president of Fdi recently opened to the proposal of the US president to reform the taxation sector of multinationals and understands that in the criticism of the globalization of European conservatives there is room for an agreement with the power of across the Atlantic which is increasingly manifesting the will to evolve the traditional governance of global systems by placing politics before the economy with ever greater force. Transition imposed by the pandemic and on which every formation of the European right must deeply reflect: the new wind inaugurated by Trump is strengthened by Biden, and the reality of the facts, which formations such as New Democracy in Greece have understood, is that the current phase is leading to the mainstreaming of many issues that critics of globalization and globalism have long battled. One more reason why formations like Fdi may feel more and more interest in strengthening their ties on an international scale. Should the hour of government responsibilities come, this will prevent them from entering the control room as unknown.