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Giorgia Meloni backstage following an election campaign rally in Caserta, Italy, on Sept. 18.
Giorgia Meloni backstage following an election campaign rally in Caserta, Italy, on Sept. 18.Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Giorgia Meloni Makes Markets Anxious, But Italians Want Her in Charge

The far-right leader has a commanding lead in polling ahead of Sunday’s election, but no one is really sure what she’ll do under pressure to tackle the challenges facing her country.

Giorgia Meloni’s electric performances at political rallies have made her a virtual shoo-in to become Italy’s first female prime minister. She’ll also be the first to campaign with the flame symbol, evoking the former fascist leader, Benito Mussolini.

The prospect of a charismatic nationalist taking power with almost no government experience has investors and officials on edge. Italy, of course, is wrestling with the fallout from the most serious conflict in Europe since World War II. But the country has been adrift for years, struggling to hit on a formula which can unlock its potential while still staying true to its identity.