Tagged with "European Union and Italy"
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    China getting a rise out of reckless Italy?

    Italy's populist government may become the first in Europe to endorse China's Belt and Road Initiative. The Western establishment from Washington to Brussels is apoplectic, and on this one, they are right to be

    by Tim Hedges - 22 March 2019
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    Italy's migration dilemma

    It must be realised that Italy is not the UK or Germany which have had migration since the 1960s. In Italy’s case the problem has been emigration, and mass immigration is quite new to them. Between political correctness and plummeting birth rates, quite a debate is raging

    by Tim Hedges - 17 October 2018
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    Italy's populists win popularity by shaking things up

    No-one in the European mainstream gave Italy's populists a great deal of credit, but they are winning popularity by shaking things up. Popular populists; how about that!

    by Tim Hedges -  8 August 2018
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    Italy's rule bending government a headache for Brussels

    Italy was never just going to quit the euro, not right now at least. But the new government is going to be a big headache for Brussels whose failing deep integrationist project will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis

    by Tim Hedges -  4 June 2018
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    Oh no. Another election in Italy?

    Amazing as it may sound, Berlusconi, for all his venality and amorality, is the only person since the war to have led a party through its full five year term. As for Salvini, he is makng much of standing on principle, which may well mean that Italy goes back to the polls in June, and Salvini strenghens his hand

    by Tim Hedges -  2 May 2018
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    No resolution yet to Italy's political impasse

    Italy continues to fumble its way to a new government, though much is still up in the air. Still, the EU could always muscle in and make things worse. Don't bet against it

    by Tim Hedges - 24 April 2018
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    Italian Politics: Of Putin, porn, and, of course, Berlusconi

    Since Mussolini the Italians have been terrified of anyone acquiring absolute power, so they devise it that no one has any power at all. Forming a government is throwing up all sorts of problems from Putin, through Berlusconi, oh, and that porn star who offered to sleep with Saddam Hussein to stop the Gulf War. Welcome to Italian politics

    by Tim Hedges - 16 April 2018
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    Italy's far-Right repositions itself in bid to govern

    Italy's pro-European old guard has been swept away. Now the far-Right La Lega party led by Matteo Salvini is repositioning itself in what is emerging as a serious bid to take power. Brussels, meanwhile, looks on in horror as any real world outcome to the horse trading is certain to yield a Eurosceptic government

    by Tim Hedges -  8 March 2018
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    The EU's diesel fiasco

    Wherever you stand on climate change, the utterly cynical policy in Brussels to promote diesel caused a pollution nightmare. Now they're preparing to prosecute at least 5 governments for having polluted cities! And the European taxpayer is left with the bill for this fiasco. Thank goodness we voted for Brexit

    by Tim Hedges - 17 March 2017
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    Fear and trembling in Italy before the storm

    Italy is in countdown mode to Sunday's referendum which could further undermine the Euro and the EU, seal the fate of 8 banks, and even see Silvio Berlusconi back on the scene. Italy is in a desperate state. Anything could happen now

    by Tim Hedges - 29 November 2016
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    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
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    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
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    The EU's new, Italian foreign policy supremo

    People will like the look of EU foreign policy with the appointment of Federica Mogherini as the new Brussel's supremo. But if Vladimir Putin may swoon, will you once you know how she got the job?

    by Tim Hedges -  1 September 2014
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    A very Italian armchair scandal

    This scandal has brought to light the extraordinary rewards of the inner circle who run Italy’s business and government, a stark contrast with the difficult lives led by Italy’s austerity bludgeoned people

    by Tim Hedges -  6 February 2014
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    Talk of quitting the euro is hardly surprising in Italy

    The eurozone's third largest economy is in deep trouble (see the stats). Talk of leaving the euro is widespread. The single currency is indeed a disaster for Italy and everyone else. But would Rome really be the first to jump?

    by Tim Hedges - 21 December 2013