Italian PM Meloni praises the Greek word "meraki"

Giorgia Meloni

The precious meaning of the Greek word "meraki" was mentioned, as an example to follow, by the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni during her speech at the economic conference of the Guido Carli Foundation.

In more detail, the Italian Prime Minister underlined: "We must release the best forces that Italy has. To make the courageous choices that have not been made for many years. It is the time when we should use that approach that the Greeks define perfectly, with an excellent word: 'meraki', that is to do something with all your being, with passion, with your soul."

Then Georgia Meloni added: "It is an approach which in this phase of the crisis we are living in, with the gradual exit from the pandemic and also the difficult international economic situation, can and should offer opportunities to our nation."

Elsewhere, the Italian prime minister once again spoke about immigration in an interview to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, adding that she will not withdraw a defamation complaint against writer and journalist Roberto Saviano.

Meloni said that some sea rescue NGOs represent a "driving factor" in "illegal" migration flows, with consequences both on arrivals and deaths at sea. The interview was published on November 29.

"I think a serious nation cannot tolerate these illegal phenomena," she added.

Meloni noted that the "approach of some NGOs, which undertake a mainly ideological activity that has little to do with international laws on rescue" operations "at sea, finds a natural convergence with the interests of traffickers."

The prime minister went on to say that, "with this type of management of the phenomenon, aid in the end is given not to those who need it but to those who have the money to pay traffickers."

Meloni also pointed out that just under 100,000 people have so far landed in Italy in 2022, in addition to those registered each year over the past 10 years.

The prime minister was asked during the interview whether she intends to withdraw lawsuits against intellectuals and journalists, including Roberto Saviano, who attacked her on the immigration issue.

Saviano earlier this month went on trial for calling Meloni a "bastard" after she said NGO-run vessels that had tried to rescue migrants should be sunk. Meloni had sued Saviano for criminal defamation.

"No, I don't think so," she replied. Meloni explained: "I filed a complaint when I was the leader of the opposition."

"I did it not because Saviano had criticised me on immigration but because, in a shameful attempt to blame me for the death at sea of a child, he called me a 'bastard' on prime-time television. And when he was asked whether that word wasn't a far cry from the right to criticise, he repeated the concept."

"I don't understand the request to withdraw the complaint because now I am the prime minister," observed Meloni.

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