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


  • 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
  • Corruption_demo

    A tale of two revolutions

    It was 25 years ago when Nigel Farage started out as a parliamentary candidate, taking the first steps to a very British revolution. At the same time, Italy began a revolution against corruption. One revolution succeeded, the other did not

    by Tim Hedges - 26 February 2017
  • Jean-claude_juncker

    EU countries like Italy want a smooth Brexit deal

    Having failed in the ‘we can’t go it alone’ shtick, the Remoaners’ second argument ‘we will be left high and dry by a determined, united 27’ might also be complete tosh. Italy, for one big country, is mightly concerned about all the Italians living in the UK who send money home. They'll want a smooth Brexit deal

    by Tim Hedges - 13 February 2017
  • St_peter's_square

    Farce in the Vatican

    Pope Francis has got himself into a right old mess over condoms. The problem is that he can't say condoms are OK, but he doesn't want the rules enforced too strictly. Add in the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, and a gay butler, and you have the makings of very Vaticanesque pickle

    by Tim Hedges -  7 February 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
  • 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