The enthroning of Francis is so fraught with symbolism that people will still be reading the tealeaves years hence
Immigration? This time? Large swathes of Italians, perhaps half of young people, want to leave the country. Many want to come to Britain. Are they sure?
The mood on the streets is that Grillo perhaps should be given a chance, but as time goes on more people are realising that life in Italy continues more or less happily without a government at all
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
It's considered a vulgar topic here in Italy, but talk is turning to who will succeed Pope Benedict XVI
There is nothing Rome likes better than intrigue
Finally, a month after the resignation of Benedict XVI, the Conclave will begin tomorrow
Things continue to drift in Italy, with Monti as Prime Minister, without any power. Assuming the markets don't take fright, they may continue that way
If earlier it was like a game of chess, now Italian politics is more like the Melee in Ivanhoe
The Government of Gianni Letta could prove to be 'Seaside' in all but name. Then again perhaps he will surprise us
Silvio Berlusconi, not for the first time, is in a bit of bother. What will the political Houdini do? One thing is certain: no one ever got rich betting against him
Italy failed to change after the Mani Pulite scandal when Berlusconi came to power. Might it finally change now?
The lines from St. Matthew endure: ‘and the gates of hell shall not overcome it, and I will give you the keys to the kingdom of Heaven’
When Thatcher was elected leader of the Tory Party in '75, many people, myself included, thought it was either a fit of madness or that she was simply an interim leader. The rest is history
Corruption, weak, self-serving leaders whose actions are justified not by results but by the paper trail they leave, money gone missing, these are the stories we hear of Italy today
The name on everyone’s lips for the Italian presidency is Franco Marini - an 80 year old former trade unionist centre-left MP
Italy flirted with an 80-year-old trade-unionist, an 82-year-old jurist, a political giant who would have been 80 by the end of his mandate, and opted for a former communist who will be 94 if he serves out his term
Has Beppe Grillo brought about an Italian Spring? No. Nearly, but not quite
Is this the end of Berlusconi?
With Italy we are not just talking about a billion here, a billion there; a monetary and fiscal fix. Italy has problems
The one thing everyone agrees on is that the Italian electoral system needs to change and that it should be a priority of this government. No one, of course, is agreed on what changes are necessary
Italy gets bad press internationally, but the trial to ascertain the connections between the state and the mafia should be lauded. It's time to understand what happened to Italy decades ago
Church attendance is dropping across the western world. The difference is that in Italy you cannot really imagine it dying out completely
Letta, the European, will feel that austerity is easier than these supply-side reforms; Berlusconi, the populist, will feel that spending is easier than austerity. Who will prevail?
Italian 10-year bond yields are rising and the country cannot afford to lose credibility. Unfortunately, a can of worms is about to be opened
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano has been to lots of interesting places, including Montecarlo and Switzerland but until now he's never been to prison
There really is never a dull moment in Italian politics.
Italians are let down by the politicians and insiders who make up an unethical caste running the country. But the people must make better choices
He's down, but never count Silvio out. This could yet be the making of a new Italian centre-Right
Barroso is a civil servant, unelected by anyone, and it seems he was engaged in the political murder of the leader of a European nation
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