Tagged with "Italy crisis"
  • Corigliano_calabro_7214

    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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Renzi_praying

    Renzi's Italian job just got tougher

    Amid record debt figures, instability caused by the Greek crisis, an immigration nightmare, chaotic EU rules, and a staggering new corruption scandal in Rome, Italy's Prime Minister Renzi has his work cut out, but he's still the future

    by Tim Hedges - 17 June 2015
  • Africa_migrants

    Italy’s immigration problem: UK, Europe take note

    Italy is not the kind of country to get all politically correct. But the enormous migration issue from Africa, which the moronic PC political classes refuse to talk about (and the Roma PC-denial matter), is changing Europe, and there are vastly important matters at stake

    by Tim Hedges - 10 June 2015
  • Mafia_meeting_arrests_1928

    Italy passes laws to combat one of Europe's worst corruption records

    With a corruption ranking in global indices to rival Senegal's and Swaziland's, Italy has now made landmark moves to clean the country up

    by the commentator - 22 May 2015
  • La_barcaccia

    La Barcaccia: trashed by football fans

    Football is in the headlines for the wrong reasons after the racist behaviour of Chelsea fans in Paris. But you may have missed a rampage in Rome by Dutch fans which damaged a historic landmark. And guess what? The football authorities don't want to know

    by Tim Hedges - 23 February 2015
  • Michele_ferrero

    Addio, Mr. Breakfast

    Michele Ferrero was one of Europe’s greatest post war businessmen. Whilst it may not be universally known in Britain, it would be impossible to underestimate the importance of Nutella in Italy, France, Germany and almost everywhere else. There's even a World Nutella Day

    by Tim Hedges - 16 February 2015
  • Barber_shop

    Democracy and the haircut

    We keep hearing about hair cuts and the EU. But if you really want to get to the heart of democracy, sometimes you need to consult a barber. At least, that's the way of things in Italy these days

    by Tim Hedges -  8 February 2015
  • Sergio_mattarella

    Italy’s new president

    The new Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, has made only one announcement in 10 years and his barber and the doorman at his flat have proved to be the best informed people about him

    by Tim Hedges -  2 February 2015
  • Berlusconi_latest

    Dirty tricks in Italy: Salva Silvio

    In Rome, 80 percent of the municipal police reported sick over New Year; 80 percent! Fortunately Italy doesn’t have the UK’s problem of drunken rampages through its streets (except when a British football team is visiting). But none of that is half as much fun as Salva Silvio. Yes, it's Berlusconi all over again

    by Tim Hedges -  9 January 2015