The prime minister interviewed by the weekly “Chi” talks about her work at Palazzo Chigi and her holidays. “I had to stop for a few days. Excessive tiredness risks making you lose your lucidity”. And on her institutional role and that of her mother, she says: “I jump through hoops every day to squeeze my crazy schedule as much as possible and carve out as much time as possible to be with my daughter Ginevra”
Life at Palazzo Chigi? For Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni “it’s like being on a roller coaster 24 hours a day. Every day is a challenge and being able to keep everything together is really difficult. Sometimes you get the desire to get off that roller coaster, to stop for a moment and get back to normal. But it’s a thought that only crosses your mind for a few moments and then fades away. Because you know that what you’re doing has a purpose, a greater sense”. The Italian premier confided this in an interview with the weekly ‘Chi’, in the issue on newsstands on August 23, of which a preview was released.
Meloni: “I was very tired, I had to stop for a few days”
“I managed to carve out a few days of vacation. I had to succeed. I haven’t stopped for more than two years and, at a certain point, excessive tiredness risks making you lose lucidity and concentration”, the interview continues. “Then you know that Puglia is one of my favorite destinations, except that it is the main enemy of my diets. It is a natural bridge between West and East, which is why the government chose it to host the G7 meetings in 2024″, explains Meloni. In the interview, the prime minister also talks about how she has been living her private life since she took over of the government: “There are many renunciations, certainly. Sometimes I miss everyday life, the little things, even the simplest ones. My life has always been a race against time, but now it’s like never before. That’s why I jump through hoops every day to squeeze my crazy schedule as much as possible and carve out as much time as possible to be with my daughter Ginevra. Time is the most precious thing we have and we can’t afford to waste it.”
“As soon as I can Geneva with me, I feel stronger with her”
Speaking of his trip to the United States in July, during which he brought his daughter Ginevra with him, Meloni said: “President Joe Biden was very kind to want Geneva to visit the White House. But also many other leaders, in the various trips on which I have taken my daughter, they have shown their attention and sympathy”. The prime minister then added: “In the end we all have the same problems: fathers and mothers who are forced to stay away from their children for too long, who try to do their best to compensate for that absence or to limit it as much as possible, for this reason that all whenever I consider it possible, I take Geneva with me, both to spend some time together and to let her live new experiences. With her by my side I feel stronger”. As a prime minister “there are many sacrifices, certainly. Sometimes I miss everyday life, the little things, even the simplest. My life has always been a race against time, but now it is like never before. This is why I every day I jump through hoops to squeeze my crazy schedule as much as possible and carve out as much time as possible to be with my daughter Ginevra. Time is the most precious thing we have and we cannot afford the luxury of wasting it”.
Meloni: “I want to quit smoking and start running again”
“The foreign leader with whom I bonded the most? Rishi Sunak. Both he and I have faced a taboo in our countries: I am the first female prime minister in Italy, he is the first British prime minister who is the son of immigrants”, she said still the prime minister. If he wants to relax, what does the premier do? “When I can, I run away to the gym – she replied -. Before, I was able to do it much more often and I’m sorry to give up, because for me sport has always been a formidable outlet. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to give up cigarettes yet: quitting is one of the my next goals. Quit the cigarettes and start running again”. When asked about her dreams, the leader of FdI lists these: “Looking back, in a few years, when this experience will be over, and knowing that I could not have done more. Being proud of what I have achieved. In short, simply do what is right for Italy, and give back to our people that pinch of pride, courage and confidence they need to once again amaze the world”.