Articles by Tim Hedges

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

  • European_commission

    Brussels sends a Trojan Horse to Italy

    Ms von der Leyen’s rescue package is a Trojan Horse and, to paraphrase Virgil, we should beware Brussels bearing gifts.

    by Tim Hedges - 25 June 2020
  • German_constitutional_court

    Germany Vs the EU

    The directors of the ‘European Project’ knew, as did we all, that a single currency could not last forever without a political union or at least a fiscal union where Berlin pays up for Sicily just as London pays up for Newcastle. But the member states never agreed to that. German chickens are coming home to roost

    by Tim Hedges - 21 May 2020
  • Alitalia

    Flying out of the crisis. Only in Italy

    Try to imagine the worst business decision you could possibly make right now. The most half-witted, Covid-blind strategy you could follow. Thought about it? Yes, Italy is starting a new airline.

    by Tim Hedges - 11 May 2020
  • Brussels_and_flags

    COVID-19 is killing the EU. This patient may not recover

    People are fed up, and angry. They have been told for decades that the future lies in "Europe". Every single day of this awful pandemic proves that "Europe" is nowhere, and they can only rely on the nation state. Support for the EU in Italy has dropped 20 percentage points, and is barely above 50%. There's a storm brewing in Europe, and we'd better be ready for it

    by Tim Hedges - 16 April 2020
  • The_eu_as_the_titanic

    COVID-19 shows how and why the EU is doomed

    When faced with the COVID-19 crisis, once again it becomes clear that the core political allegiance in Europe is to the nation state, not the EU. Yet the entire European project is founded on the idea that it is (or at least, is becoming) the other way around. Ultimately, the centre cannot, and will not, hold

    by Tim Hedges -  7 April 2020
  • Boris

    Napoleon, and doing as we are told under COVID-19

    The massive extension of the power of the state under COVID-19 has exposed some deep historical differences between Britain and Europe. How does your Napoleon complex look today?

    by Tim Hedges - 26 March 2020
  • Ursula_von_der_leyen

    Italy, EU bungling, and the COVID-19 curve

    No-one has the perfect response to the Coronavirus. But the way different European states are responding shows that European "unity" collapses in the face of a crisis

    by Tim Hedges - 13 March 2020
  • Coronavirus_for_web

    Coronavirus front line in northern Italy

    The area of Lombardy where the Coronavirus has struck is among the most productive in Europe and, more to the point, one of the very few productive areas in Italy

    by Tim Hedges - 28 February 2020
  • Matteo_salvini

    Putting democracy on trial in Italy

    Matteo Salvini Is to go on trial for kidnap due to his immigration policies. It will be seen by Italian voters as the establishment using the courts to silence dissent

    by Tim Hedges - 25 February 2020
  • Beg_ben

    Goodbye Project Fear, Goodbye Brussels

    We have been insulted, ridiculed, and abused, but we stuck to our guns. Now, a surprising number of economists think we can prosper outside the sclerotic, regulatory nightmare that is Brussels. The future is ours for the taking

    by Tim Hedges - 28 January 2020
  • Giorgia_meloni

    Giorgia Meloni: Mussolini-lite, and going viral

    A group of left-wing opponents made a short film of a sample from one of her speeches. It was designed to discredit her "bigoted" opinions. Instead it has gone viral, and her popularity has soared

    by Tim Hedges - 14 January 2020
  • Rome_parliament

    Italy not yet ready for Leave, but watching Brexit closely

    The Italians are suspicious of Europe, perhaps no more than that, right now. But they are watching Britain and if we make a success of Brexit their suspicions will take root. They will want out. As Salvini said after the UK election, ‘Go Boris’

    by Tim Hedges - 17 December 2019
  • Ilva

    Italy isn't working

    Italy is a wonderful country, but right now, when you look at the dam outside Venice which has never functioned, the rubbish on the streets of Rome and the ailing, deformed babies of Taranto, you get the feeling it just doesn’t work

    by Tim Hedges - 21 November 2019
  • Ursula_von_der_leyen

    EU boss Ursula von der Leyen's imperial ambitions

    There are many illustrations of the EU's neo-authoritarian, neo-imperial ambitions. Italy provides lots of them. The incoming EU president Ursula von der Leyen promises to make a bad and shabby situation even worse

    by Tim Hedges -  3 October 2019
  • One-belt-one-road-silk-roads-new-challenges-opportunities-...-tehran-times

    China getting a rise out of reckless Italy?

    Italy's populist government may become the first in Europe to endorse China's Belt and Road Initiative. The Western establishment from Washington to Brussels is apoplectic, and on this one, they are right to be

    by Tim Hedges - 22 March 2019