Tagged with "corruption in Italy"
  • Matteo-renzi_2825899b

    Renzi's return?

    Renzi’s was not a failure of a political career. He did some good in his time at the helm: freeing up the labour market and making some modest alterations to speed up the courts system, both of which were sorely needed. Now he wants another go.

    by Tim Hedges - 30 August 2017
  • Alitalia

    Alitalia's crazy woes are a metaphor for modern Italy

    Ryanair has fewer employees than Alitalia but twice as many pilots, flying three times as many planes, carrying five times as many passengers. Chaotic Alitalia is a metaphor for modern Italy

    by Tim Hedges -  2 May 2017
  • Corruption_demo

    A tale of two revolutions

    It was 25 years ago when Nigel Farage started out as a parliamentary candidate, taking the first steps to a very British revolution. At the same time, Italy began a revolution against corruption. One revolution succeeded, the other did not

    by Tim Hedges - 26 February 2017
  • Flags_italy_eu

    Italy gets it: The problems begin in Brussels

    Confronted by Trump, Putin and Brexit, Europe has reverted to type. Its answer to problems, as it always has been, is ‘more Europe’, which, of course, means more poison for an already dying patient. Italy, it seems, is waking up to this suicidal course

    by Tim Hedges - 24 January 2017
  • Matteo-renzi_2825899b

    Italy's failed referendum

    It is not necessarily the case that the rejected Italian referendum was a carry through of the Brexit or Trump effect. A general election in the spring, at the same time as the French one, could be when the real fireworks go off. Until then, Italy should muddle through

    by Tim Hedges -  5 December 2016
  • Venice

    Italy seeks a better deal

    Italy has benefited enormously from the European Union but now it is a net contributor and suffers the consequences of the disastrous single currency. How long will it be before the Italians decide enough is enough?

    by Tim Hedges -  8 November 2016
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    Italy and devolution

    To London-centric Britain, devolution of powers to regional mayors often seems like a no-brainer. In Italy, it's a little different. What, for example, if the local government’s policies are centred on 1950s Stalinist economics, the mayor a communist?

    by Tim Hedges - 27 September 2016
  • Matteo-renzi_2825899b

    Italy on the rack of a failed Europeanist ideology

    Italy will not return to 2007 output levels until the mid-2020s. It is saddled with multiple problems. But being tied down and held on the rack of the Euro is its biggest obstacle to recovery. No-one has the courage to state the obvious. Easier to blame Brexit

    by Tim Hedges - 24 July 2016
  • Donald-trump-angry

    Mass US/UK corruption over HSBC explains Trump's/populists' rise

    The extraordinary complicity of the UK and US authorities in HSBC's Iran sanction busting, and money laundering for Mexican and Colombian drug cartels explains why people are turning to Trump and similar populists across the democratic world

    by Decline of the West - 12 July 2016
  • Rome-nye

    An untimely New Year in Italy

    Italy started the new year in great (Italian) style. The state broadcaster RAI got the countdown to 2016 hopelessly wrong: 51 seconds early. And then there was that affair with the Vatican...

    by Tim Hedges -  8 January 2016
  • Bank_of_italy

    Bank collapse and personal ruin in Italy

    The effects of the financial crisis are far from over in Italy where a scandal over an old man who killed himself after losing all his savings could yet bring down the government

    by Tim Hedges - 14 December 2015
  • Pope_francis

    Another PR disaster for Pope Francis

    if you asked a tabloid journalist to concoct the juiciest ever story, he could hardly have done better. It involves corruption, priestly sex, a young temptress, women's underwear and Silvio Berlusconi. The Pope will have a job on his hands managing this one

    by Tim Hedges -  7 December 2015
  • Rome-police-620x413

    Is Rome next on the terror target list?

    Rome has not been attacked, at least not yet. Such solidarity as the Romans feel is against the Mafia Capitale hoods on trial at the moment, or the recently convicted managers of the bus company, fined massive sums for giving lucrative posts to their unqualified friends and relatives. But is an attack likely?

    by Tim Hedges - 30 November 2015
  • Olive_oil_pressing_02

    Extra Virgin? The olive oil scandal

    Italy is the world's second largest producer of olive oil, after Spain, but, incredibly, is a net importer. Always go for quality, and remember that you get what you pay for

    by Tim Hedges - 18 November 2015
  • Mafia_capitale

    Mafia Capitale and the governance of Rome

    The Mafia Capitale trial in Rome has begun over the city's home grown mafia. One of the accused is a comic book baddie with one eye lost in a shoot out, another was recorded by police saying that the contract for looking after immigrants was more profitable than running cocaine

    by Tim Hedges -  8 November 2015