Articles by Tim Hedges
Timwork

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


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    Pope Francis in hot water over abuse scandal

    Child abuse raises its ugly head again for the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is a good man, and certainly no crusty Vatican insider who wants bad news stamped out. But he is hasty in making judgments on people and hasty to trust the ones he likes. Now, a PR disaster is unfolding in front of him

    by Tim Hedges - 20 February 2018
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    Anti-immigrant violence sets stage for Italian election

    Wanton acts of violence against immigrants are still rare in Italy, but the latest attack has shocked the country. That said, resentment about immigration is starting to kick in, and it may well be exploited at the forthcoming elections

    by Tim Hedges -  6 February 2018
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    Italy ahead of the elections

    Italy is in that state where you read in the papers that everything is going better but you don’t feel it. All over Europe, and indeed the west, there has been a backlash against yesterday’s men. The forthcoming elections will only bring clarity in the sense it is clear that the chaos will continue

    by Tim Hedges - 26 January 2018
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    Europe's democracy problem

    No wonder there is a disconnect between government and the governed. European electoral systems are too remote from the people, and this suits Brussels just fine. There's little likelihood of change. Europe has given up on democracy

    by Tim Hedges -  8 January 2018
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    Italy: A country fit for a king?

    Italy, with its continual political upheaval (another election next March), might have benefitted from the stability a monarchy can provide. The brave partisans, who got rid of both king and dictator, turned to socialism and embraced failure. Vittorio Emanuele III now has a new, but still awkward, place of rest

    by Tim Hedges - 23 December 2017
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    Pope takes flak in Myanmar, and in the Vatican too

    Things are not looking too happy in the Holy See where Pope Francis' penchant for rubbing conservatives up the wrong way is leading to talk of a schism. In Myanmar, by contrast, he has enraged the liberal media by not visiting Rohingya refugee camps. This is a pope who tells it as he sees it, and isn't afraid to take the flak

    by Tim Hedges -  4 December 2017
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    Italy languishes in crisis after footballing failure

    Former UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson said that more than anything else, what caused him to lose the 1970 general election was England having been knocked out out of the World Cup a few days before the vote (by the usual Germans). Italy's failure to reach the finals at all is causing a national crisis

    by Tim Hedges - 21 November 2017
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    Politics in Italy: The Sicilian connection

    In what may foreshadow Italy's Spring general election, Sicily's recent elections were fought out between Berlusconi's centre-right and the Five Star populists of Beppe Grillo. And guess what? Berlusconi is back

    by Tim Hedges - 12 November 2017
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    Italy's thinking on immigration

    Italy is actually a great place to live, and the Italians know it. From an economic point of view they'd probably benefit from Merkel-style mass immigration. But most Italians would rather keep their own version of the dolce vita

    by Tim Hedges - 23 October 2017
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    After Catalonia, Italy steps up for autonomy votes

    Different Italian regions will have looser or closer ties with Rome as they wish (or vote for). It could have been a model for the European Union, if only they weren’t so scared of democracy

    by Tim Hedges - 13 October 2017
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    Scandal brews in the Vatican

    Kidnapping, mafia plots, freemasons, inappropriate conduct by cardinals, the Bulgarian secret police and the Stasi? Another movie style scandal haunts the Vatican

    by Tim Hedges - 25 September 2017
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    Vaffa Day: How many stars for Italy's populists?

    Ten years ago Beppe Grillo launched his first Vaffa day (Vaffa means ‘fuck off’ in Italian). It was a disdainful gesture at corruption in the establishment. Nowadays, the whole of Europe is at it. Will Grillo win through, and if he does will he change anything?

    by Tim Hedges - 13 September 2017
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    Renzi's return?

    Renzi’s was not a failure of a political career. He did some good in his time at the helm: freeing up the labour market and making some modest alterations to speed up the courts system, both of which were sorely needed. Now he wants another go.

    by Tim Hedges - 30 August 2017
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    Berlusconi's come back as philosopher king

    Berlusconi is barred from standing in the next election. But he is mounting a comeback as potential king maker, and then philosopher king. Welcome to Italian politics: you can't keep the old boy down

    by Tim Hedges - 14 August 2017
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    Cardinal sins mean a long hot summer for the Pope

    Pope Francis has a multitude of problems on his hands, not just for the summer but for the long term. The sins of some of his cardinals may or may not be forgiven by the Almighty, but the Pope has a very real challenge right here on Earth

    by Tim Hedges - 27 July 2017