Italy

What the papers say: Is time up for the EU?

6 December 2016 8:28

Something is happening across Europe, says the Sun – but EU leaders are still intent on burying their heads in…

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A Eurosceptic union is forming across Europe

6 December 2016 8:00

Of all the barbs fired at us Brexiteers, the one that’s irritated me most is ‘Little Englander’. The suggestion is…

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Italy will soon be haunted by its inability to reform

5 December 2016 18:09

Matteo Renzi has resigned from being Prime Minister of Italy but he has not resigned from the Democratic Party.  He…

Beppe Grillo, leader of the Five Star Movement, speaks at a rally in Rome

Italy is in desperate need of a saviour

5 December 2016 15:35

Matteo Renzi lost his constitutional reform referendum – and his job – for a simple reason: too many Italians from…

Beppe Grillo says he’s ready to govern after Renzi resigns

5 December 2016 8:06

It started with a blog, and it could end up with a new Prime Minister. Beppe Grillo’s 5-Star movement, which…

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Renzi concedes defeat in Italian referendum and resigns as PM; the Eurozone is heading for a fresh crisis

4 December 2016 22:38

Matteo Renzi has conceded defeat in the referendum he called on his constitutional reforms and announced that he is resigning…

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Austria and Italian voters could plunge the EU into crisis

3 December 2016 10:31

Voters in Austria and Italy head to the polls tomorrow and could plunge the EU into a political and economic…

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Italy’s own populist revolution may be about to begin

1 December 2016 16:44

Golden boy, Luigi Di Maio, is the 30-year-old, slickly dressed leader of the Parliamentary Italian Five Star Movement (M5S), Italy’s…

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Spare a thought for the proud Brits denied tomorrow’s vote

22 June 2016 15:46

I live in Italy at the heart of the European Union and have witnessed first hand how the euro has…

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Frexit and Italexit? Support for the EU dwindles in France and Italy

20 June 2016 18:06

Various freak political events—the unexpected Tory election victory, the rise of Ukip—have conspired to allow Britain to hold its referendum…

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Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

6 July 2015 14:59

Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between…

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Greece may soon face a humanitarian crisis of its own

21 June 2015 15:39

Normally, the phrase ‘continent in crisis’ is hyperbole. But it seems appropriate today as we contemplate the situation Europe, and…

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The bleak calculation made by the passengers on the Ezadeen

3 January 2015 10:51

Well, thank God they made it. The Ezadeen, formerly a livestock carrier and now adapted for its human cargo of…

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Should we revive the Colosseum?

10 November 2014 12:04

It occurs to me that Italy isn’t the best place to live if you’re an architect. Take a walk at…

A group of Alpine Infantry soldiers camped at the foot of Mount Vilau in the Italian Alps during World War I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The consequences of neutrality

9 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: IT would be a base act to try to bribe or to threaten a…

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Think Britain’s tabloid journalists are bad? Try Italy’s tabloid judges

19 July 2014 14:06

There is a small light at the end of the tunnel but it comes too late, I fear, to save…

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World Cup diary: Italy were poor but England were worse

15 June 2014 10:22

Another fairly unpleasant evening spent watching England playing football. Ah well. It used to be that England were renowned for…

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The minimum wage is broken – here’s how to fix it

2 April 2014 14:34

While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have…

Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto region, where secessionist have won an unofficial poll for Venice to secede from Italy.  (Image: Getty/ ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Venetian secessionists deserve to be punished!

23 March 2014 14:59

How should the western powers react when part of a friendly nation holds an illegal referendum and votes to secede…

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The EU is corrupt because southern Europe is corrupt

6 December 2013 14:47

What with Britain’s dreadful performance in the PISA educational rankings, there has been comparatively little attention given to another international…

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The Lampedusa hypocrisy: Italy prefers its migrants dead on arrival

10 October 2013 12:53

Italy has held a day of national mourning in memory of those who died in the 3 October disaster off Lampedusa.…

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Papal Conclave: would a result today mean Angelo Scola is Pope?

13 March 2013 14:30

White smoke from the Vatican this afternoon may signal that the new Pope is Cardinal Angelo Scola. But the longer…

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Why I love Beppe Grillo

28 February 2013 12:54

‘Crazy Italians!’ you might think.  Offered the choice between Bunga Bunga Berlusconi, an ex-Communist and a Brussels stooge, one in…

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Italian elections: ‘The worst possible outcome’

26 February 2013 15:16

Forget Moody’s. If you want to see market panic, just look at Italy. As Isabel reported this morning, the unexpectedly…

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Weary Italian voters can teach UK politicians lessons

26 February 2013 9:32

Italian voters are clearly cheesed off: with the Establishment, and with the country’s austerity programme. The explosion onto the scene…