Italy: Meloni’s deputy minister blasted over 2005 Nazi uniform photo

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Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni attends a debate at the Senate ahead of a confidence vote for the new Government in Rome, 26 October 2022   –   Copyright  AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

A member from the extreme right Brothers of Italy party was appointed junior infrastructure minister on Monday. In 2005, he caused controversy when a tabloid published a photo of him with a swastika on his left arm.
Giorgia Meloni, the prime minister, is the leader of Fratelli d’Italia, or Brothers of Italy, a party with roots in the post-fascist Italian Social Movement, MSI. She personally announced Galeazzo Bignami’s appointment at a news conference.
Bignami, 47, was chosen to serve in parliament for a second term last month.
The native of Bologna and the son of lawyer Marcello Bignami, a stalwart of the radical right and a former MSI representative, has long been associated with the country’s radical right.
Bignami spent a portion of his political career with Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia before joining Meloni’s Brothers of Italy.
The photo in question shows Bignami in a Nazi uniform standing next to another man wearing an SS armband at a bachelor party.
The most recent controversy with the image occurred in 2021, when Bignami was prohibited from participating in the Festa de l’Unità, an annual social-democratic celebration in Italy organized by the Democratic Party, a center-left political party.

The image has caused uproar in the past, most recently in 2021 when Bignami was banned from appearing at the Festa de l’Unità, the annual social-democratic festival in Italy organised by the centre-left Democratic Party.

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