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  • Roberto_calderoli

    Is Italian politics racist, insane or both?

    The case against Italy will be made again and again over coming months. This is happening not at a football ground but in politics. Still, the big picture matters

    by Tim Hedges -  9 August 2013
  • Italian_holidays

    Ferragosto: Italian politics on hold

    Italians don’t really want politics right now. It’s August, and they want beaches and they want Lato B’s and they want ice cream

    by Tim Hedges - 16 August 2013
  • Francois_hollande

    French delusions about their rosy economic future

    François Hollande told his ministers to present a scenario for how France would look in 2025. It has just come out. Guess what, everything's going to be great!

    by Tim Hedges - 21 August 2013
  • Assad_smiling

    Syria: a contrary voice. J’accuse the warmongers

    The Commentator retains its position that we should strike Syria. But we are a broad church, and this is a powerful counter-point

    by Tim Hedges -  2 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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-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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rome_at_christmas

    Buone Feste! Christmas Italy style

    There has not been an Italian Pope for 35 years, but Rome is special at Christmas. There and elsewhere it's food, food, food and tonnes of amazing traditions. Naughty kids in the south always fear a little witch that might stop them getting presents!

    by Tim Hedges - 25 December 2013
  • Kika3131191_matteo-renzi

    Matteo Renzi: Italy's Tony Blair?

    Youth unemployment has gone past 40 percent in Italy. Families have been raiding their savings and are near despair. Italians might well like a man with a plan

    by Tim Hedges - 18 January 2014
  • _mg_0079

    Dining out: Italy's mafia problem

    You know Italy is in dire straits when, during the worst recession in Italy since the War, it is a gang of thugs keeping the restaurants open and the food cheap. And those kids selling flowers may be scouting for the mafia

    by Tim Hedges - 26 January 2014
  • Amanda_knox

    Amanda Knox: No-one knows what happened

    The vast majority of people I have spoken to in Italy think Knox is guilty, our correspondent says. They think it happened during some perverse foreign drug-fuelled sex game. The truth is no-one knows what happened, which makes a nonsense of the latest verdict

    by Tim Hedges - 31 January 2014
  • Antonio_mastrapasqua

    A very Italian armchair scandal

    This scandal has brought to light the extraordinary rewards of the inner circle who run Italy’s business and government, a stark contrast with the difficult lives led by Italy’s austerity bludgeoned people

    by Tim Hedges -  6 February 2014
  • Rome_latest

    A third appointed government in Italy

    New "democracy" in Europe. This will be the third government in a row whose leader has been appointed rather than elected. That of Mario Monti which succeeded Silvio Berlusconi lasted 529 days, that of Letta only 293 days. Renzi says he can make his last until 2018

    by Tim Hedges - 16 February 2014
  • Regierung-renzi-in-rom-vereidigt-41-51351832

    Can Italy's fresh-faced cabinet find a solution?

    Something needs to be done about Italy's economy. Can Renzi's youthful cabinet figure out what that something is?

    by Tim Hedges - 23 February 2014
  • Beppe-grillo

    Whatever happened to Beppe Grillo?

    Political support is ebbing away from Beppe Grillo's 5 Star Movement. Where did it all begin to unravel?

    by Tim Hedges -  5 March 2014
  • Pope_francis

    Anniversary of a Pope for the poor, not the media

    This Pope wants a church at the service of the needy. The media may even get bored with him. What would make the headlines is permitting contraception, or abortion, or allowing women priests. But he won’t do any of that

    by Tim Hedges - 12 March 2014
  • Renzi-hollande-770x472

    Could Renzi save Hollande?

    Hollande is less than two years into his five year term, but he already looks tired, a busted flush. Italy's Renzi just might be able to save him

    by Tim Hedges - 23 March 2014
  • 2014-03-27t163402z_1_cbrea2q1a0v00_rtroptp_3_politics-us-italy-obama-newsconference_jpg_475x310_q85

    Italy's defence: The reason behind Obama's visit

    Obama would almost certainly have mentioned Crimea, which is within bombing range of Italy, on his recent trip to Rome. But the primary reason for his visit may have had more to do with a certain fighter plane

    by Tim Hedges - 31 March 2014
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    Killing the Gattopardo: Renzi's progress in Italy

    On his appointment Renzi promised a reform a month – sometimes it seems like one a week - but he's making progress all the same

    by Tim Hedges -  7 April 2014