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  • Palermo

    Sicily: A terrible beauty

    Sicily is of course famous for the mafia, although these days it is less influential than the Neapolitan Camorra or the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta. But the Cosa Nostra’s roots still extend deep into Sicilian life and there’s so much to do to bring normality to this beautiful corner of Europe

    by Tim Hedges - 14 April 2014
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    A tale of two leaders

    Things have changed in Italy, from Renzi selling the ministerial cars on eBay to the Pope persuading an ecclesiastical panjandrum into a life of impoverished contemplation. More of the same, please

    by Tim Hedges - 21 April 2014
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    The day of the four Popes

    Think Christianity is over? To describe central Rome as full would be understating the case: St. Peter’s Square can hold about 250,000, but there were at least another half million swarming in the neighbouring streets and piazzas

    by Tim Hedges - 28 April 2014
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    Europe's sceptics are divided about their scepticism

    It is only really in the UK, Denmark and the Czech Republic that euroscepticism reaches an existential, constitutional level. If we have made progress, it has merely shown how far there is to go

    by Tim Hedges - 26 May 2014
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    Grillo-Farage: 5-Star Independence?

    Grillo and Farage may come from different ends of the political spectrum; they may have different methods of approaching politics. But they do agree on one thing: the smug elite running Europe needs a good kicking

    by Tim Hedges -  3 June 2014
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    Italy can defeat corruption

    It was back in 2010 that we learned that the city of Milan had held off competition from Izmir, Turkey, to hold the 2015 Expo, essentially the World’s Fair. Naturally, such an event involves some fairly attractive building contracts. You can guess the rest

    by Tim Hedges -  9 June 2014
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    What should be making headlines in Italy

    Italy is consumed with World Cup fever at present. But there are far more pressing issues at hand, specifically its energy needs, and "Europe's" historic blunder

    by Tim Hedges - 19 June 2014
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    New wings for Alitalia?

    Recent history has been turbulent for Italy's Alitalia. Is Etihad Airways to be its saviour?

    by Tim Hedges - 24 June 2014
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    Flexibility for Italy

    For the final six months of this year Italy will be President of the Council of The European Union - which is good news for Matteo Renzi

    by Tim Hedges -  2 July 2014
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    Bowing to the mafia

    The Church is a great institution in Italian life and the Pope doesn’t want it to be seen as co-equal with the mafia

    by Tim Hedges -  8 July 2014
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    The Costa Concordia: Two-and-a-half years on

    Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, has been portrayed as a grotesque stereotype of everything bad in an Italian. It is right that he should be shamed for his actions, but many Italians got it right on that tragic night

    by Tim Hedges - 15 July 2014
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    He's back? The nine lives of Silvio Berlusconi

    For all his many faults, Berlusconi is a most remarkable politician. And like all remarkable politicians, just when you thought you'd heard the last of him, he could be back with a bang

    by Tim Hedges - 22 July 2014
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    Renzi: a difficult start

    Italy's colourful "new" leader says he's more worried about former colony Libya than his domestic reforms. But Renzi promised a reform a month, and people are asking what he has to show for it

    by Tim Hedges - 30 July 2014
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    UK and the EU? Facts, unity, courage will get us out

    If we get a referendum on staying or leaving the EU in 2017, the better off out side will win, if the facts and the arguments get across. The UK Europhiles' case betrays weakness and fear, and they know it

    by Tim Hedges - 13 August 2014
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    EU depression, Italian GDP magic, fiddled figures

    In the World Bank Economic Survey of Ease of Doing Business in 185 countries, Italy was 73rd, behind Azerbaijan. Britain was 7th. But wait for some EU magic with the figures and all will be fine. Won't it?

    by Tim Hedges - 22 August 2014
  • Federica_mogherini

    The EU's new, Italian foreign policy supremo

    People will like the look of EU foreign policy with the appointment of Federica Mogherini as the new Brussel's supremo. But if Vladimir Putin may swoon, will you once you know how she got the job?

    by Tim Hedges -  1 September 2014
  • Heart_surgery

    The EU is on life-support, and the doctors are clueless

    Europe’s heart has stopped. It has ground to a halt, with zero growth in the second quarter. In Italy it is worse: the economy effectively has not grown since it joined the euro. The cure is obvious, but the Eurocrats only care about themselves

    by Tim Hedges -  7 September 2014
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    Italy's battle with a Leftist legacy that destroys jobs

    Italy is plagued with outdated labour legislation, introduced around 1970 in a Europe-wide orgy of social protection that has left the country uncompetitive. Worryingly, Labour in Britain would envy their job-destroying policies

    by Tim Hedges - 24 September 2014
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    The Pope's divorce problem

    Pope Francis is misunderstood on divorce, as on so many other issues. He is a courageous and empathetic Pope who will not yield to relativism but does not want ordinary people with human vices to be excluded from the Church. This will be a tough one

    by Tim Hedges -  6 October 2014
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    Hunting Italian style

    Thrushes are very tasty on the barbecue. Italy has a very strange way of doing hunting. Armed hunters in camouflage on your doorstep? Shooting your pet cat, as a warning to other cats? That's just the start of it

    by Tim Hedges - 16 October 2014
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    The Pope needs Peter Mandelson

    Among Pope Francis’s many qualities PR does not figure. Perhaps it is to his credit, but increasingly he seems to be presiding over a shambles. He could do with Peter Mandelson

    by Tim Hedges - 26 October 2014
  • Eu-flag

    Don't discount the EU's suicidal tendencies

    Fudging, papering over the cracks, the EU seems capable of any kind of cover up to ensure no one has to confront the crisis. But the whole edifice is looking pretty shaky

    by Tim Hedges -  3 November 2014
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    The end of an Italian president

    Amid ongoing economic and political chaos, it now looks as though Italy may lose its president. Could anything else go wrong?

    by Tim Hedges - 12 November 2014
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    Is Italy ungovernable?

    From practically every point of view Italy is in a gigantic mess. Seasoned observers just know the Italians will get out of this. But this time it is not easy to see how

    by Tim Hedges - 19 November 2014
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    Ungovernable Italy II

    The last time anything really changed in the socio-political sphere in Italy was when the Prodi government passed a couple of minor laws, including making it legal to get your hair cut on a Monday. Is Italy really ungovernable?

    by Tim Hedges - 28 November 2014
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    The King of Rome

    Over the last week a massive operation by secretive anti-mafia police units has exposed organised crime right inside Montecitorio, the heart of Rome’s government. It's a mafia start-up, and it's chilling

    by Tim Hedges -  9 December 2014
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    Italy: the new far-Right

    The far-Right in Italy is starting to mount a serious challenge. It is smarter than it used to be, modelled on Marine Le Pen’s Front National, offering a softer, more approachable platform. They're right on one thing. They want out of the euro

    by Tim Hedges - 26 December 2014
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    Dirty tricks in Italy: Salva Silvio

    In Rome, 80 percent of the municipal police reported sick over New Year; 80 percent! Fortunately Italy doesn’t have the UK’s problem of drunken rampages through its streets (except when a British football team is visiting). But none of that is half as much fun as Salva Silvio. Yes, it's Berlusconi all over again

    by Tim Hedges -  9 January 2015
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    Paying for a miracle against Islamist terror?

    The release of women from captivity by Islamist fanatics is of course great news for the victims. But are we paying the terrorists for this? Very troublesome news from Italy must put us on our guard. Weak West is lost on this as on so many related matters

    by Tim Hedges - 19 January 2015
  • Mario_draghi

    Super Mario – an Italian in Europe

    ECB boss Mario Draghi’s QE might work, it might not, but his legacy seems certain. If the euro survives Super Mario will be seen as one of its saviours. So, will it work?

    by Tim Hedges - 25 January 2015