Again something about European fascism, this time about Italy.
Next week marks the 100th anniversary of the so-called March on Rome and the seizure of power by the fascists under Mussolini on 27 October 1922.
At the same time, after the election victory of Giorgia Meloni and her party Fratelli d'Italia, the country is on the verge of having a government that will be more right-wing than at any time since the end of the Second World War. Meloni is expected to be given the mandate to form a cabinet this week and to be sworn in shortly afterwards.
Photos of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in a government building in Rome have caused a stir and outrage in Italy. The Ministry of Economic Development (Mise) had hung pictures of all previous heads of departments for 90 years in its headquarters, Palazzo Piacentini.
Former minister Pierluigi Bersani took to Twitter today (Tuesday) to complain about being pictured next to Mussolini on a wall and demanded that the Mise remove his photo. The ministry responded, according to Ansa news agency and Adnkronos, that Mussolini's photo would be taken down to avoid controversy.
However, this was only the beginning. The Mise pointed out in its press release that a photo of Mussolini hung in the ancestral gallery of the heads of government in Palazzo Chigi - the seat of the Prime Minister. The country's largest trade union confederation (CGIL) called the incident "serious" and "pathetic".
On the other hand, right-wing Senate President Ignazio La Russa, who himself has a statue of the "Duce" among other fascist memorabilia in his living room, complained about the criticism and asked: "Are we doing Cancel Culture now too?" He recalled that a picture of Mussolini also hangs in the Ministry of Defence and that an obelisk in front of the Olympic Stadium in Rome still bears the inscription "Mussolini Dux" ("Mussolini Führer") in large letters.