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

  • Baby

    Italy and Europe's demographic death spiral

    Germany has just overtaken Japan as having the lowest long-term fertility among the world's biggest powers. But it is Italy which has shown the biggest decline in recent years. There used to be children everywhere. Europe is in a demographic death spiral

    by Tim Hedges - 17 September 2016
  • Amatrice

    The Amatrice earthquake and the hand of the mafia

    The lessons of L’Aquila and of Amatrice and of the next one (for there will be a next one) is that Italy’s endemic corruption doesn’t just cost the state, it kills the innocent. The hand of the mafia in fraudulent construction projects is there for all to see

    by Tim Hedges -  1 September 2016
  • Eu_summit

    EU crisis summit in Ventotene replete with delusion

    The highly symbolic EU summit in Ventotene, Italy, inaugurates a move in the balance of power to the left. A new EU army is likely to be the first substantive move after the Brexit vote, as the delusions continue unabated

    by Tim Hedges - 24 August 2016
  • Pile-of-rubbish

    The Euro and complete rubbish

    If Italians lose faith with the status quo -- and just the latest mafia scandal on refuse collection is spiralling -- Beppe Grillo could form the next government. His Five-star Movement has promised a referendum on Italy remaining in the euro. Rubbish could yet secure the demise of the single currency

    by Tim Hedges -  9 August 2016
  • Matteo-renzi_2825899b

    Italy on the rack of a failed Europeanist ideology

    Italy will not return to 2007 output levels until the mid-2020s. It is saddled with multiple problems. But being tied down and held on the rack of the Euro is its biggest obstacle to recovery. No-one has the courage to state the obvious. Easier to blame Brexit

    by Tim Hedges - 24 July 2016
  • Virginia_raggi

    The future of populism after the British vote to leave

    We are usually told that populism is based on irrationality, that the people cannot be trusted. Following the Brexit vote, Europe is taking stock. And Rome's new mayor may have some lessons for Britain

    by Tim Hedges - 28 June 2016
  • Ballot_box

    Brexiteers will shine, through sobriety, if we win on June 23

    If the pro-democracy movement wins on June 23 and we leave the European Union, there will be tonnes to do. Patience and British values will see us through

    by Tim Hedges - 20 June 2016
  • Ecb

    UK risks billions in EU as new Eurozone crisis looms

    There is a massive new crisis brewing in the Eurozone and it would be interesting to hear the Remain camp’s views. For Britain would be stung for billions from bailouts unless we vote to leave on June 23

    by Tim Hedges -  7 June 2016
  • Merkel_and_renzi

    Change is afoot in the EU. But for better or worse?

    Future historians may well see immigration as the start of the EU’s collapse. Merkel has been so flaky on the refugee crisis, Cadburys could have wrapped her up and sold her. But before collapse there could be a big new push from Italy and the south

    by Tim Hedges -  8 May 2016
  • Pope_francis

    How has Pope Francis performed?

    You could certainly be forgiven for thinking that Pope Francis simply says the first thing that comes into his head, as we've seen over several issues. That said, he is an extraordinarily good man who has made real progress for the Church

    by Tim Hedges - 27 April 2016
  • Europe

    Brexit will cause Europeans to rethink the whole project

    The prospect of Brexit will cause Europeans to reconsider the shambles an unelected elite has made of the continent. They will open their eyes and see that the EU is the continent’s past, not its future

    by Tim Hedges - 10 April 2016
  • Jean-claude_juncker

    The EU: It’s not ‘us’

    The scaremongerers are wrong to say Britain will be harmed financially if we quit the EU. But even if they were right, it would still be best for us to leave. The European Union is totally at odds with our identity and history. Next stop, Brexit please

    by Tim Hedges -  7 March 2016
  • Renzi_and_juncker

    Italy calls foul on the EU

    Storm clouds are gathering over Italy, and others, again, as the European project exacerbates enduring problems. There's trouble coming, and the Eurosceptic heat is rising from below

    by Tim Hedges - 26 February 2016
  • Federica_mogherini

    Federica Mogherini's impossible job

    Federica Mogherini has one of the most difficult jobs in the world. She's the foreign policy supremo for the disfunctional EU. Meanwhile her country, Italy, is getting increasingly Eurosceptic

    by Tim Hedges - 27 January 2016
  • Rome-nye

    An untimely New Year in Italy

    Italy started the new year in great (Italian) style. The state broadcaster RAI got the countdown to 2016 hopelessly wrong: 51 seconds early. And then there was that affair with the Vatican...

    by Tim Hedges -  8 January 2016