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


  • Salvini_(left)_and_di_maio_will_govern

    EU frets as Italian democracy empowers Eurosceptics

    Both parties in what appears to be Italy's emerging coalition government rightly believe the Euro has been good for Germany and bad for Italy. It won't be a supercharged Eurosceptic onslaught, but rather a chipping away at the EU edifice which one day is destined to fall

    by Tim Hedges - 27 March 2018
  • Rome-nye

    EU fiddles as Rome burns

    As talks continue to form a eurosceptic government in Italy, delusional Eurocrats plan ever deeper integration in Brussels. Britons looking on, can be grateful they will soon no longer be party to this fiasco

    by Tim Hedges - 19 March 2018
  • Matteo_salvini

    Italy's far-Right repositions itself in bid to govern

    Italy's pro-European old guard has been swept away. Now the far-Right La Lega party led by Matteo Salvini is repositioning itself in what is emerging as a serious bid to take power. Brussels, meanwhile, looks on in horror as any real world outcome to the horse trading is certain to yield a Eurosceptic government

    by Tim Hedges -  8 March 2018
  • Luigi_de_maio

    Italy's election yields worst possible result for EU

    Italy's More Europe party did not even make the 3% threshold for parliamentary representation. For the EU, the dominance of right-leaning and populist parties is yet another massive headache. Only those in denial can fail to see the writing on the wall for Brussels' failed project

    by Tim Hedges -  5 March 2018
  • Selmayr

    Italians watch Brexit. Election heralds more chaos for EU

    Italians are watching Brexit closely. If all goes well, Italexit could be on the agenda in 5 years time. For now, the forthcoming elections merely herald another gigantic headache for the EU, with the outcome sure to mean yet more chaos for the deep integrationists in Brussels. It's all kicking off in Rome

    by Tim Hedges - 25 February 2018
  • Pope-francis-is-expected-to-tour-wounded-parts-of-mexico-in-february-visit-1447862467

    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
  • Luca-traini

    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
  • Rome

    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
  • Merkel

    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
  • Vittorio_emanuele_iii

    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
  • Pope_in_myanmar

    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
  • Italy_football

    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
  • Sicily

    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
  • Dolce_vita

    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