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  • Silvio-berlusconi

    Berlusconi's come back as philosopher king

    Berlusconi is barred from standing in the next election. But he is mounting a comeback as potential king maker, and then philosopher king. Welcome to Italian politics: you can't keep the old boy down

    by Tim Hedges - 14 August 2017
  • Matteo-renzi_2825899b

    Renzi's return?

    Renzi’s was not a failure of a political career. He did some good in his time at the helm: freeing up the labour market and making some modest alterations to speed up the courts system, both of which were sorely needed. Now he wants another go.

    by Tim Hedges - 30 August 2017
  • Beppegrillo1

    Vaffa Day: How many stars for Italy's populists?

    Ten years ago Beppe Grillo launched his first Vaffa day (Vaffa means ‘fuck off’ in Italian). It was a disdainful gesture at corruption in the establishment. Nowadays, the whole of Europe is at it. Will Grillo win through, and if he does will he change anything?

    by Tim Hedges - 13 September 2017
  • Pope_francis

    Scandal brews in the Vatican

    Kidnapping, mafia plots, freemasons, inappropriate conduct by cardinals, the Bulgarian secret police and the Stasi? Another movie style scandal haunts the Vatican

    by Tim Hedges - 25 September 2017
  • Matteo-salvini_(800x400)

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bardonecchia-127833

    EU's chaotic migrant policies wrecking Italian serenity

    Serenity is a quality you rightly expect in small Italian towns. But the world is as it is, and Europe's migrant crisis is never far from affecting the day to day life of ordinary people, something Europe's insulated political classes seem strangely unaware of

    by Tim Hedges -  3 April 2018
  • Cicciolina

    Italian Politics: Of Putin, porn, and, of course, Berlusconi

    Since Mussolini the Italians have been terrified of anyone acquiring absolute power, so they devise it that no one has any power at all. Forming a government is throwing up all sorts of problems from Putin, through Berlusconi, oh, and that porn star who offered to sleep with Saddam Hussein to stop the Gulf War. Welcome to Italian politics

    by Tim Hedges - 16 April 2018
  • Salvini

    No resolution yet to Italy's political impasse

    Italy continues to fumble its way to a new government, though much is still up in the air. Still, the EU could always muscle in and make things worse. Don't bet against it

    by Tim Hedges - 24 April 2018
  • Home_of_the_italian_chamber_of_deputies

    Oh no. Another election in Italy?

    Amazing as it may sound, Berlusconi, for all his venality and amorality, is the only person since the war to have led a party through its full five year term. As for Salvini, he is makng much of standing on principle, which may well mean that Italy goes back to the polls in June, and Salvini strenghens his hand

    by Tim Hedges -  2 May 2018
  • Flags_italy_eu

    Italy will be the EU's biggest challenge after Brexit

    The EU has expanded too far and is too inflexible. If there is no change of course, and Italy is its first big challenge after Brexit, the EU may risk unravelling

    by Tim Hedges - 14 May 2018
  • Conte

    Trouble brews for Brussels with Italy's new government

    The new Italian government is highly critical of EU interference in Italy’s affairs so there will be trouble. They are also about to increase public debt by at least €100 billion. It's going to be fun and games for the crisis ridden EU

    by Tim Hedges - 23 May 2018
  • Italian_president_sergio_mattarella

    The EU's coup in Italy; a neo-authoritarian fiasco

    This is the ghastly, undemocratic face of the EU. Just as they told countries to vote again when they had got their referendums "wrong", just as they got rid of the elected Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi in 2011, now they have forbidden the chosen Italian finance minister because he is critical of the euro. Welcome to the EU's neo-authoritarian disaster in the making

    by Tim Hedges - 28 May 2018
  • Giuseppe_conte

    Italy's rule bending government a headache for Brussels

    Italy was never just going to quit the euro, not right now at least. But the new government is going to be a big headache for Brussels whose failing deep integrationist project will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis

    by Tim Hedges -  4 June 2018
  • Food_and_agriculture_organisation_of_the_un

    Shabby UN outfit seeks to silence its critics

    The United Nations is in so many respects a den of corruption, riddled with careerists and cronies. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN is, disgracefully enough, now using antiquated Italian libel laws to try and silence its critics

    by Tim Hedges - 11 June 2018
  • The_aquarius

    Inconvenient truths about Italy's migrant problem

    There is a murky truth about the way NGOs have been working with people traffickers to help migrants get into Europe. That's not the story the mainstream media is telling you about Italy and migration

    by Tim Hedges - 20 June 2018
  • Merkel

    Migration strikes at core of EU's existential crisis

    When some writers have said that immigration is an existential matter for Europe, they are not exaggerating. The EU has to decide whether it is a loose association of independent states, or an ever closer union of the likeminded. Soon, it must choose

    by Tim Hedges - 26 June 2018