The Daily Telegraph

Ally attacks me more than rival, claims Brothers of Italy leader

- By Nick Squires

GIORGIA MELONI, who is tipped to be Italy’s next prime minister, has accused her ally Matteo Salvini of sniping at her more than he does at their adversarie­s on the Left, amid a growing rift between the two.

The leaders are part of a nominal Right-wing alliance, along with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, which is expected to win the general election on Sept 25 with around 45 per cent of the vote.

Mr Salvini appears to be unsettled by polling showing his once-dominant League party has been eclipsed by Ms Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, which has roots in the post-war fascist movement.

The League is expected to win 12 per cent of the vote, a far cry from the 34 per cent it secured during European elections in 2019, while Brothers of Italy is tipped to take around 25 per cent.

Mr Salvini has clashed with Ms Meloni over a number of issues, from the war in Ukraine to economic policy.

“For a few days now, I have been taken by surprise by some of Salvini’s remarks,” she said.

“I was surprised by the fact that sometimes he seems more quarrelsom­e with me than with our adversarie­s.

“I know we’re in the middle of an election campaign, but he doesn’t need to go on so much.”

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