This Monday, Gianni Alemanno was elected mayor of Rome. The Guardian reports:
On Monday night, the area around Rome’s city hall rang to chants of “Duce! Duce!”, the term adopted by Italy’s dictator, Benito Mussolini, equivalent to the German “Führer”. Supporters of the new mayor gave the fascist Roman straight-arm salutes.
I remember listening to a Danish radio programme back in the 1990s which debated why Italian Fascism is seen as harmless compared with German Nazism and the participants – who were experts on Italy and Germany, respectively1 – argued that there is a long history – ranging back to before WWI – of demonising Germans while Italians generally are represented as spontaneous and essentially harmless beings.
You are free to imagine how international media would have reported a similar incident in Munich.
- In case anybody wonder, I think the participants were Thomas Harder and Per Øhrgaard [↩]