Tagged with "Italy"
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    Why Italy's migrant problem has not led to terrorism

    With huge numbers of undocumented migrants from hot spot Muslim countries one might have thought Italy would have a major terrorism problem. It doesn't, and that is because it just does its intelligence, policing, and community management better, and unshackled from political correctness

    by Tim Hedges - 29 June 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
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    Comic opera as Brussels comes to Rome

    The EU farce in Rome was widely trumpeted. Italy has contributed more than its fair share to European culture, but no one reminded us that Michelangelo and Puccini did their bit without the help of an unelected supranational body in Belgium. Meanwhile, the euro continues to strangle the Italian economy and Britain heads out the door

    by Tim Hedges - 28 March 2017
  • Diesel

    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
  • Rome

    Italy kicks off another big year for Europe

    In 2017 we reach the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, but the main concern is that Europe will remain in denial and stupor. But the economic difference between Europe's north and south continues to widen, as turbulent Italy so clearly demonstrates. Hold on to your seats

    by Tim Hedges -  9 January 2017
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    Il Gattopardo in Italy: All change or no change?

    The way in which elites across the democratic world cynically seek to rig the system to protect themselves is now being played out in Italy. After the failed referendum, the powers that be are scrambling to avoid real change. Sound familiar?

    by Tim Hedges - 17 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
  • Amatrice

    The Amatrice earthquake and the hand of the mafia

    The lessons of L’Aquila and of Amatrice and of the next one (for there will be a next one) is that Italy’s endemic corruption doesn’t just cost the state, it kills the innocent. The hand of the mafia in fraudulent construction projects is there for all to see

    by Tim Hedges -  1 September 2016
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    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
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    Health and jobs and sausages in Italy

    Italy's health system comes top of the league table for cancer recovery rates. NHS supporters should take note. But it is close to bottom when it comes to nepotism, and the brightest and best are emigrating. As ever, it's a mixed bag in Italy

    by Tim Hedges - 30 October 2015
  • Vittorio-casamonica-funeral

    A gangster’s funeral, Italy style

    Mafia supremo Vittoria Casamonica was buried in a manner that looked like something from the Godfather. In fact, it sounded like it too as, incredibly, the streets of Rome rang out to the theme music to Mario Puzo's famous movie. Only in Italy..

    by Tim Hedges - 25 August 2015
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    Italy's health system versus the NHS

    The embarrassing Olympic opening ceremony was watched by hundreds of millions of people with far better health systems than ours. Italy, as Tim Hedges recounts, just wipes the floor with the NHS. Why are we in denial?

    by Tim Hedges -  1 June 2015
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    Women in Italy

    In northern Europe the proportion of women who work is around two-thirds. In Italy it is less than half and in the south of the country it is not much more than one third. There's a long way to go, but you should see how it used to be. Some incredible stories

    by Tim Hedges -  9 March 2015
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    Italy: the new far-Right

    The far-Right in Italy is starting to mount a serious challenge. It is smarter than it used to be, modelled on Marine Le Pen’s Front National, offering a softer, more approachable platform. They're right on one thing. They want out of the euro

    by Tim Hedges - 26 December 2014