Tagged with "Italy and the eurozone"
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Paolo_gentiloni

    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
  • 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
  • Baby

    Italy and Europe's demographic death spiral

    Germany has just overtaken Japan as having the lowest long-term fertility among the world's biggest powers. But it is Italy which has shown the biggest decline in recent years. There used to be children everywhere. Europe is in a demographic death spiral

    by Tim Hedges - 17 September 2016
  • Eu_summit

    EU crisis summit in Ventotene replete with delusion

    The highly symbolic EU summit in Ventotene, Italy, inaugurates a move in the balance of power to the left. A new EU army is likely to be the first substantive move after the Brexit vote, as the delusions continue unabated

    by Tim Hedges - 24 August 2016
  • Pile-of-rubbish

    The Euro and complete rubbish

    If Italians lose faith with the status quo -- and just the latest mafia scandal on refuse collection is spiralling -- Beppe Grillo could form the next government. His Five-star Movement has promised a referendum on Italy remaining in the euro. Rubbish could yet secure the demise of the single currency

    by Tim Hedges -  9 August 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
  • Merkel_and_renzi

    Change is afoot in the EU. But for better or worse?

    Future historians may well see immigration as the start of the EU’s collapse. Merkel has been so flaky on the refugee crisis, Cadburys could have wrapped her up and sold her. But before collapse there could be a big new push from Italy and the south

    by Tim Hedges -  8 May 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • La_dolce_vita

    Italy's uncertain romance with Europe

    Italy's faith in the European project has been badly shaken by the Greek crisis. But the Eurozone's third largest economy is not about to quit. Italy is locked in a strange and contradictory romance with both Brussels and Berlin

    by Tim Hedges - 21 July 2015
  • Passeggiata-night-time

    Italy, the badante, immigration, and the elderly

    Italy gets some things right. It's health system is better than the NHS. It sometimes shows some interesting ideas on immigration. And it has some quirky but successful ideas on treating the elderly well

    by Tim Hedges - 10 July 2015