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Italy, Roma. Evening view of the Italian Parliament building and the Chamber of Deputies with the Italian and European flag waving and the street lamps lit.

Right-wing rise to power has not yet shifted the direction of travel for R&D

When the coalition government led by Giorgia Meloni of the extreme right party Fratelli d’Italia was sworn in on 22 October, many feared it would show little interest in research, as has been the case with previous centre-right governments.

While it is still too early for any major comparison, the first R&D moves from Meloni buck this trend and go mostly along with the ideas and attitudes of the previous, research-positive government led by Mario Draghi. 

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