|Italian Minister of Youth Policy|
May 8, 2008 – November 16, 2011
|Prime Minister||Silvio Berlusconi|
|Member of the |
Italian Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office |
April 21, 2006
|Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies|
April 4, 2006 – April 28, 2008
15 January 1977|
|Political party||Brothers of Italy|
|Alma mater||Amerigo Vespucci Institute|
|Religion||Christian (Roman Catholic)|
Giorgia Meloni (born 15 January 1977) is an Italian politician. Giorgia Meloni was Minister of Youth in the IV Berlusconi government and president of Young Italy. She is co-founder of the party Brothers of Italy ("Fratelli d'Italia") with Guido Crosetto and Ignazio La Russa, and on March 8, 2014, she was elected president of the party. She has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy since 2006.
Meloni was born in Rome, to a father from Sardinia and a mother from Sicily. Being active into politics since her teenage years, she earned a diploma from the former Amerigo Vespucci Institute in 1996. She worked as a journalist.
She was a member of the National Alliance, the successor of the post-fascist Italian Social Movement. In 2000, she was elected national director, and in 2004, was the first women president of Youth Action, the party's youth wing. In 2006, she became the youngest ever deputy president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. In 2009, her party merged with Forza Italia into The People of Freedom and she took over the presidency of the united party's youth section, called Young Italy.
In 2008, she was appointed as Minister of Youth Policy in Berlusconi IV Cabinet, a position she held until November 16, 2011. She was the youngest-ever minister in the history of the Italian Republic.
In November 2012, she announced her bid to contest the leadership of the People of Freedom party against Angelino Alfano, in contrast with the party's support of the Monti Cabinet. After the cancellation of the primaries, she teamed up with fellow MP Guido Crosetto for an anti-Monti policy, asking for renewal within the party and being also critical of the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi. In December 2012, both MPs left the party to become founding member of a new political movement named "Fratelli d'Italia" (Brothers of Italy), a name borrowed from the words of the Italian National Anthem. Since 2015 she is allied with Matteo Salvini. Giorgia Meloni was candidate for mayor of Rome in 2016 but lost.
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- Giorgia Meloni, "Cinquantamila giorni", Corriere della Sera
- "Biografia del ministro Giorgia Meloni", Governo italiano
- "Giorgia Meloni". Il Sole 24 Ore. 8 February 2013.