Italy expected to swing far-right in Sunday′s election | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW

Days before the Italian election, Calogero Pisano was stripped of his party posts, because he had referred to Adolf Hitler as a “great statesman” and declared Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, to be a “modern fascist.” Pisano was a chapter coordinator for Brothers of Italy in the Sicilian region of Agrigento, until his fascist Facebook posts from 2014 and 2016 were unearthed by Italian newspaper La Repubblica. The FdI leadership took swift action: Pisano was fired, despite his insistence that he was “ashamed” of his past comments and had distanced himself from them long ago.

This episode in the Italian election campaign shows that, after having worked hard to erase her party’s post-fascist past and lend it a fresh appearance, Giorgia Meloni will not…

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