The Meloni government and the European Union. The defence of identity values and the protection of the country’s interests

With reference to Italy's relations with the European Union, the paper analyses the positions and initiatives of the government of the Republic that took office at the beginning of the 19th legislative period. The issues of immigration, the signing of the ESM, the Russian-Ukrainian war, energy and environmental policy and the management of the resources of the Next Generation EU have been addressed by Giorgia Meloni's government in accordance with a precise ideological and identity line: this approach must be understood in terms of the objectives it pursues and the effects it produces in relations with the other states of the Union.