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


  • Riace

    Italy's migration dilemma

    It must be realised that Italy is not the UK or Germany which have had migration since the 1960s. In Italy’s case the problem has been emigration, and mass immigration is quite new to them. Between political correctness and plummeting birth rates, quite a debate is raging

    by Tim Hedges - 17 October 2018
  • Giovanni_tria

    Budgeting for populism amid EU hypocrisy

    Brussels, you may recall, already vetoed Italy's first choice as finance minister -- a eurosceptic whose views were regarded as heretical. As the finance minister that Italy had to concede to Brussels calculates this year's budget, the Eurocrats are already up in arms. Does national democracy count for nothing?

    by Tim Hedges -  5 October 2018
  • European-parliament

    State of Disunion: Thank goodness for Brexit

    EU State of the Union addresses are meant to mimic America's, but they are a sick joke for many "ordinary" Europeans. Commission President Juncker would not know the feelings of a European citizen if he ran over one in his chauffeur driven Mercedes. Thank goodness for Brexit

    by Tim Hedges - 21 September 2018
  • Pope-francis-is-expected-to-tour-wounded-parts-of-mexico-in-february-visit-1447862467

    Sex and the Vatican

    Sex. It’s all about sex, the Roman Catholic Church. Who hasn’t thought that? Pope Francis’s church needs to return, as Christ did, to talking about the poor, lest this becomes an obsession

    by Tim Hedges -  7 September 2018
  • Salvini

    Italy's populist government rides high in the polls

    The people of Italy believe, not without some justification, that their country has been ruined by a caste of people which has feathered its own nest. What the oddball combination of Di Maio and Salvini has done is to understand this discontent and to channel it. Unless the mainstream in Europe engages in radical self-reflection and reform, the populists will continue to have the ear of the people

    by Tim Hedges - 31 August 2018
  • Genoa-bridge-collapse-gty-02-jpo-180814_hpmain_2_4x3_992

    Italy's telling bridge

    The Italian bridge collapse is a tragedy and a political hot potato. How will the populist government handle it?

    by Tim Hedges - 20 August 2018
  • Di_maio_and_salvini

    Italy's populists win popularity by shaking things up

    No-one in the European mainstream gave Italy's populists a great deal of credit, but they are winning popularity by shaking things up. Popular populists; how about that!

    by Tim Hedges -  8 August 2018
  • Flags_italy_eu

    Brexit stirs debate about EU madness across Europe

    Britain’s impending departure from the EU has at the very least stirred up a wave of discussion on a subject largely unknown to the European people. They are suddenly beginning to realise the costs and effects of a corrupt subsidy and tariff regime most thought normal. Brexit will bring much needed perspective to the debate about the EU, which is only just getting started in continental Europe

    by Tim Hedges - 24 July 2018
  • Own_goal

    Eurosceptics across Europe watch Brexit own goal

    What makes Brexit interesting to Italians and other Europeans is that the UK team seemed to be without a captain and determinedly kicking towards its own end. Meanwhile, unbeknown to the Brits, the other side is terrified of them; terrified of the domino effect from fans in Europe who might emulate their style, and terrified of losing the 40 billion in ticketing revenue. Come on, let's change tactics, get to the final, and bring it all home

    by Tim Hedges - 11 July 2018
  • Eu_flag

    EU fails to smother the resurgent nation state

    The European project is designed to smother the nation state, and democracy with it. But the cracks in that edifice are now so wide that it can only be a matter of time before the resurgent nation state strikes back with a lethal blow

    by Tim Hedges -  4 July 2018
  • Merkel

    Migration strikes at core of EU's existential crisis

    When some writers have said that immigration is an existential matter for Europe, they are not exaggerating. The EU has to decide whether it is a loose association of independent states, or an ever closer union of the likeminded. Soon, it must choose

    by Tim Hedges - 26 June 2018
  • The_aquarius

    Inconvenient truths about Italy's migrant problem

    There is a murky truth about the way NGOs have been working with people traffickers to help migrants get into Europe. That's not the story the mainstream media is telling you about Italy and migration

    by Tim Hedges - 20 June 2018
  • Food_and_agriculture_organisation_of_the_un

    Shabby UN outfit seeks to silence its critics

    The United Nations is in so many respects a den of corruption, riddled with careerists and cronies. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN is, disgracefully enough, now using antiquated Italian libel laws to try and silence its critics

    by Tim Hedges - 11 June 2018
  • Giuseppe_conte

    Italy's rule bending government a headache for Brussels

    Italy was never just going to quit the euro, not right now at least. But the new government is going to be a big headache for Brussels whose failing deep integrationist project will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis

    by Tim Hedges -  4 June 2018
  • Italian_president_sergio_mattarella

    The EU's coup in Italy; a neo-authoritarian fiasco

    This is the ghastly, undemocratic face of the EU. Just as they told countries to vote again when they had got their referendums "wrong", just as they got rid of the elected Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi in 2011, now they have forbidden the chosen Italian finance minister because he is critical of the euro. Welcome to the EU's neo-authoritarian disaster in the making

    by Tim Hedges - 28 May 2018