Articles by Tim Hedges
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Tim Hedges had a career in corporate finance before moving to Rome where he works as a freelance writer, novelist, and farmer


  • 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
  • Italian_opera

    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
  • 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
  • Pope_francis_latest

    Is the Pope getting a grip?

    One seventh of the world are Catholics. It seems their leader, Pope Francis, having floundered for a while, is beginning to make his mark, not just now, but with his appointments, for the future, one of which has had a clash with Donald Trump's running mate

    by Tim Hedges - 16 October 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Virginia_raggi

    The future of populism after the British vote to leave

    We are usually told that populism is based on irrationality, that the people cannot be trusted. Following the Brexit vote, Europe is taking stock. And Rome's new mayor may have some lessons for Britain

    by Tim Hedges - 28 June 2016
  • Ballot_box

    Brexiteers will shine, through sobriety, if we win on June 23

    If the pro-democracy movement wins on June 23 and we leave the European Union, there will be tonnes to do. Patience and British values will see us through

    by Tim Hedges - 20 June 2016
  • Ecb

    UK risks billions in EU as new Eurozone crisis looms

    There is a massive new crisis brewing in the Eurozone and it would be interesting to hear the Remain camp’s views. For Britain would be stung for billions from bailouts unless we vote to leave on June 23

    by Tim Hedges -  7 June 2016