Tagged with "Italy"
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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
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    The King of Rome

    Over the last week a massive operation by secretive anti-mafia police units has exposed organised crime right inside Montecitorio, the heart of Rome’s government. It's a mafia start-up, and it's chilling

    by Tim Hedges -  9 December 2014
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    Ungovernable Italy II

    The last time anything really changed in the socio-political sphere in Italy was when the Prodi government passed a couple of minor laws, including making it legal to get your hair cut on a Monday. Is Italy really ungovernable?

    by Tim Hedges - 28 November 2014
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    The end of an Italian president

    Amid ongoing economic and political chaos, it now looks as though Italy may lose its president. Could anything else go wrong?

    by Tim Hedges - 12 November 2014
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    Hunting Italian style

    Thrushes are very tasty on the barbecue. Italy has a very strange way of doing hunting. Armed hunters in camouflage on your doorstep? Shooting your pet cat, as a warning to other cats? That's just the start of it

    by Tim Hedges - 16 October 2014
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    The Pope's divorce problem

    Pope Francis is misunderstood on divorce, as on so many other issues. He is a courageous and empathetic Pope who will not yield to relativism but does not want ordinary people with human vices to be excluded from the Church. This will be a tough one

    by Tim Hedges -  6 October 2014
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    Italy's battle with a Leftist legacy that destroys jobs

    Italy is plagued with outdated labour legislation, introduced around 1970 in a Europe-wide orgy of social protection that has left the country uncompetitive. Worryingly, Labour in Britain would envy their job-destroying policies

    by Tim Hedges - 24 September 2014
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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
  • Sicily

    Italian doctor joins the bureaucrat hall of fame

    The story of the Italian doctor who managed to avoid doing any work for years is telling. Relatively tiny Sicily has 26,000 "forestry workers", which is more than in British Columbia in Canada

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 30 August 2014
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    Renzi: a difficult start

    Italy's colourful "new" leader says he's more worried about former colony Libya than his domestic reforms. But Renzi promised a reform a month, and people are asking what he has to show for it

    by Tim Hedges - 30 July 2014
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    He's back? The nine lives of Silvio Berlusconi

    For all his many faults, Berlusconi is a most remarkable politician. And like all remarkable politicians, just when you thought you'd heard the last of him, he could be back with a bang

    by Tim Hedges - 22 July 2014
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    The Costa Concordia: Two-and-a-half years on

    Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, has been portrayed as a grotesque stereotype of everything bad in an Italian. It is right that he should be shamed for his actions, but many Italians got it right on that tragic night

    by Tim Hedges - 15 July 2014
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    Bowing to the mafia

    The Church is a great institution in Italian life and the Pope doesn’t want it to be seen as co-equal with the mafia

    by Tim Hedges -  8 July 2014
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    Flexibility for Italy

    For the final six months of this year Italy will be President of the Council of The European Union - which is good news for Matteo Renzi

    by Tim Hedges -  2 July 2014
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    New wings for Alitalia?

    Recent history has been turbulent for Italy's Alitalia. Is Etihad Airways to be its saviour?

    by Tim Hedges - 24 June 2014