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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