Italy

The UN’s politically motivated search for human rights abuses in Italy

12 September 2018 12:43

When politicians in Europe listen to the people and actually do something to stop uncontrolled immigration, the Holy See of…

Matteo Salvini is lucky to be the enemy of the Italian justice system

8 September 2018 9:17

As Machiavelli noted: in order to prevail, a successful prince needs Fortuna as well as Virtù. Matteo Salvini, who has…

Italy’s anti-immigration rhetoric is paying off for the populists

28 August 2018 8:04

It wasn’t long ago when Italy used to be referred to colloquially as “the sick man of Europe,” a country…

Has Donald Trump finally met a European leader he can work with?

31 July 2018 8:03

Donald Trump has finally met a European leader he can stand for more than a moment: Italy’s bookish new premier,…

Matteo Salvini’s tough immigration stance is paying off

20 June 2018 12:08

Well, stone me. A new “populist” government in Italy actually does something to stop the NGO taxi service which ferries migrants…

Matteo Salvini’s decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment

11 June 2018 23:15

The refusal by Italy’s new ‘populist’ coalition government of the alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to…

Italy’s populists have won – but they’re still not in charge

9 June 2018 10:00

Recently, the ‘populist’ (i.e. electorally victorious) new government of Italy wanted to appoint an anti-euro finance minister and was told…

Italy isn’t the next Greece. Here’s why

6 June 2018 11:59

Everyone thinks they know the script of how Italy’s saga will play out. As the populists take power in Rome,…

Will Italy’s first fight with Brussels be over immigration?

1 June 2018 17:43

Italy has a new Prime Minister: Giuseppe Conte, who heads up a Five Star / Lega coalition. He presented his…

The Spectator Podcast: the people vs the EU

31 May 2018 13:11

This week, the new Italian coalition’s proposed government was blocked by the Italian President, giving EU grandees in Brussels a…

Don’t blame the populists for Italy’s chaos

30 May 2018 10:52

Bond yields are soaring. Stock markets are tanking. The banks are looking wobbly, and money is starting to drain out…

Will the next Italian elections be a referendum on democracy?

28 May 2018 12:13

Is Italy descending into political chaos? Some may shrug their shoulders and say well, it is Italy. Yes, Italy has…

Why Italy’s new populist government collapsed before it even began

28 May 2018 8:55

Italy’s new populist government – the first in western Europe – collapsed last night before it even had the chance…

Italy’s new prime minister is a Latin version of Jacob Rees-Mogg

24 May 2018 13:21

The people of the Eurozone’s third largest economy  – Italy –  yesterday evening became the first in western Europe to…

Italy’s next PM will be chosen by Brussels, not voters

10 March 2018 9:00

Paolo Gentiloni, who may now have to step down since his Democratic party got only 18.7 per cent of the…

Italy’s political torture continues

5 March 2018 8:12

It’s nice to get an election prediction right. Well, more or less right anyway. The Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) –…

Italy’s Five Star Movement and the triumph of digital populism

5 March 2018 7:50

A couple of years back, while writing my book Radicals, I secured an interview with Beppe Grillo, leader of the…

Expect the Eurozone to go bananas over Italy’s election

4 March 2018 21:00

I’ve been hearing disturbing but well-informed voices about the result of the election in Italy, the Eurozone’s third biggest economy,…

Italy’s patience with the migrant charities is wearing thin

3 August 2017 11:18

What to do about the charities who send boats to bring asylum seekers to the Italian coast? Save the Children…

The Spectator Podcast: Madness in the Med

20 July 2017 15:00

On this week’s episode, Isabel Hardman is joined by guests to look at the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and…

From Italy to Sweden, Europe is dying

3 July 2017 16:23

In what I promise won’t become a regular feature, I thought it worth issuing an update under the heading ‘I…

Berlusconi is back – and his eurozone idea isn’t completely barmy

1 March 2017 13:15

A potentially significant moment in the travails of the EU was lost in the drama of John Major’s (re-)intervention into…

Anis Amri’s unchecked passage across Europe is nothing short of a scandal

24 December 2016 13:13

That the Tunisian terrorist who slaughtered 12 people in Berlin on Monday was even in Europe, let alone able to…

Italy’s own banking crisis may be about to begin

17 December 2016 8:59

Theresa May was not the only elephant in the room at Thursday’s European Union summit in Brussels, and EU leaders…

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…