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

  • Standard-poor_4

    Who'd bet against further EU downgrades?

    In the light of zero growth and public disaffection, no one would bet against yet another downgrade of the EU’s rating. If AAA rated Britain left the EU, the rating could fall further. That prospect could make our re-negotiation with Brussels "interesting". It, unexpectedly, strengthens our hand

    by Tim Hedges - 22 December 2013
  • Italy_domino

    Talk of quitting the euro is hardly surprising in Italy

    The eurozone's third largest economy is in deep trouble (see the stats). Talk of leaving the euro is widespread. The single currency is indeed a disaster for Italy and everyone else. But would Rome really be the first to jump?

    by Tim Hedges - 21 December 2013
  • Berlusconi-renzi-profilo-672

    Italy's new politics

    Italy has this year jumped to a new generation of politicians. What happens now in one of the West's most chaotic and entertaining political systems?

    by Tim Hedges - 13 December 2013
  • La-terra-dei-fuochi-non-e-sola

    The land of fires, the triangle of death

    In Italy's Land of Fires, other people's rubbish is being burned, much of it toxic. But the crime syndicates have bought the politicians while the people choke and their cancer rates soar

    by Tim Hedges -  6 December 2013
  • Berlusconi_and_woman

    Berlusconi goes down. Everyone strips off

    Recently, Berlusconi has acquired a young fiancée named Pascale. His fall may be seen not as the sudden plummeting of Icarus, but the slow decline of the Roman Empire, which concentrated more on its own pleasures than on affairs of state

    by Tim Hedges - 28 November 2013
  • Italy_berlusconi_corruption

    Corruption in Italy: are things changing?

    It is possible that with the passing of the post war generation who looked on corruption as cunning rather than morally wrong, Italy may begin to maximise its potential without the millstone of corruption holding it back

    by Tim Hedges - 11 November 2013
  • Calabria

    Calabria: The road downhill

    Calabria, and the same goes for the whole of the deep south, is different from the rest of Italy and another world from the ordered security of a Europe run by the north

    by Tim Hedges -  4 November 2013
  • Euro-pound_2051566b

    Italy: The bad boy of Euro politics?

    Italy should leave the euro. But if it is really insistent that it cannot, it should at least be a bad euro-citizen

    by Tim Hedges - 26 October 2013
  • Rome

    Italy's on the right track! Well, let's see

    Italy’s progress since the war could be characterised by chaos in its institutions and a calm, self-satisfied and corrupt governing elite presiding over it. But things could change now

    by Tim Hedges - 19 October 2013
  • Alitalia

    How to ruin an airline, Italian style

    Legend has it that Alitalia stood for Always Late In Takeoff, Always Late In Arrival. That was about flying the planes. You should see how they run the business

    by Tim Hedges - 11 October 2013
  • La-italys-silvio-berlusconi-sentenced-to-1-yea-001

    Italy changes; Silvio weakened

    For historians of Silvio Berlusconi these 96 hours will be of prime significance. They mark the beginning, but only that, of his downfall

    by Tim Hedges -  3 October 2013
  • Colosseum_in_rome__italy_-_april_2007

    Has anyone not resigned in Italy? Welcome to the mad house

    Remember that the word ‘fiasco’ is Italian

    by Tim Hedges - 30 September 2013
  • Beppe-grillo

    Playing poker with death: Italy’s unique Beppe Grillo

    No other country has such a phenomenon as Grillo. He has already made great advances but his work is by no means done. I hope he does well

    by Tim Hedges - 28 September 2013
  • Berlusconi-articlelarge

    A new centre-right in Italy?

    Berlusconi, the man they thought was down, might move sooner than expected. We haven’t seen the last of him yet

    by Tim Hedges - 19 September 2013
  • Dr-alan-sked-008

    Alan Sked’s Return

    A writer who remembers the very earliest days of UKIP says Alan Sked will go wrong with his new political party because of the politics, again

    by Tim Hedges -  9 September 2013