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Meloni, after traveling to Brussels: Speaking out helps to dismantle narratives, we are not Martians in the Italian Government – msnNOW

The Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, said Monday after several hours in Brussels to meet with the heads of the European Union institutions that the new Italian government has been heard in a series of meetings in which it has been able to “dismantle the narrative built” against its mandate and demonstrate that they are not “Martians”.
“Probably, talking directly to people can help to dismantle the narrative that had been built on the undersigned and on the Italian Government. We are not Martians, we are people who defend their positions,” Meloni said about his meetings with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen; the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola; and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
In this way, the Italian President expressed her satisfaction with the “climate” she found in her round of contacts with the top officials of the European institutions, with whom she assures that she had a “frank and positive” dialogue.
On the subject of migration, “the Italian government’s point of view has changed” and it sees it as a priority to place the accent on the defense of the external borders, the Italian Prime Minister stressed, who also suggested once again her intention to rethink with Brussels the conditions of the recovery plan for accessing the aid of the EU’s anti-crisis fund, something that the Community services reject.
During the afternoon, Meloni was received in their respective institutions by Metsola, Von der Leyen and Michel. All of them have posed with the Italian Prime Minister in the protocol greetings of welcome, but also all of them have avoided appearing before the press together with her, who has finally made a brief statement without questions to the media that were waiting for her on her arrival at the dinner with Michel.
The leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy (HDI) started her institutional agenda in Brussels with a meeting of about an hour with Metsola, who defended the importance of a “united European Union” and invited the Italian leader to speak at a future plenary session, at a date yet to be defined, probably in spring, as indicated to Europa Press parliamentary sources.
The Maltese conservative and Meloni, who already knew each other previously, discussed issues such as support for Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion and the firm commitment to sanctions, as well as other priorities of the Italian government such as the response to the energy crisis and the rise in prices and inflation.
In this regard, the President of the European Parliament said she was aware that “the Member States have different realities” but appealed to the “courage and political will” of the EU-27 to join forces and face the crisis as they responded to the pandemic.
Meloni explained that he chose the EU capital for his first trip abroad as head of the Italian government to make clear his willingness to “participate, collaborate and defend national interests within the European Union, seeking the best solutions together with the other countries”.
The Prime Minister, who also met with the Italian Commissioner, the Socialist Paolo Gentiloni, responsible for the economic portfolio of the Community Executive, said she was in Brussels to defend the ideas of her Government and to explain changes of position with respect to the previous Executive of Mario Draghi, for example in migratory or economic matters.
“Thank you for the strong signal sent with your visit to the Community institutions as your first trip abroad,” has applauded Von der Leyen, in a message spread through his Twitter profile as the only comment after the meeting.

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