Published October 22, 2022 at 5:57 PM EDT
A rift between Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and coalition member Silvio Berlusconi over his ties to Russia complicates her effort to reassure the West of her support for Ukraine.
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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR’s International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli’s on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.