Italy

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…

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…

Supporters cheer comedian-turned-political agitator, Beppe Grillo, as he arrives for his final rally in Rome. Picture: Getty

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…

Italian elections: anti-politics on amphetamines

24 February 2013 19:37

Rome Italians go to the polls today, and Beppe Grillo still seems to be the name on everybody’s lips. Grillo…

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti leaves in a car the Quirinale Presidential palace after handing in his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano. Picture: Getty

Mario Monti resigns

21 December 2012 19:24

Following the passing of his budget, Mario Monti has quit as Italian Prime Minister. At the moment, it remains unclear…

I need your help

1 December 2012 15:48

I am in southern Italy and there has been thunder and lightning pretty much continuously since Tuesday. I am quite…

Raphael’s paintbrush

12 July 2012 10:00

One of the puns that circulated the cultured elite of Italy during the Renaissance compared the potency of an artist’s…

Europe’s illusory deal

29 June 2012 19:45

After Merkel’s decision to allow Eurozone funds to be used to bail out Spanish and Italian banks, the press tomorrow…

Of technocrats and democrats

27 June 2012 9:15

A former European leader was a guest at a private dinner in London recently. It was a polite and reverential…

Bondholders are sheep — and they’re flocking out of the euro pen

21 May 2012 18:11

Sweden’s Anders Borg (Fraser’s favourite finance minister) is wrong, says Citigroup. Bondholders and deposit holders are not like wolves, as…

May Day, May Day

2 May 2012 14:18

There was a sense of urgency, even emergency, in many countries on May 1 this year. The goings-on in the…

Making a call on Qatada

9 February 2012 13:33

The Prime Minister, we are told, has been trying to reach the King of Jordan to see if some kind…

How democracy fared in 2011

31 December 2011 10:59

Even before we were a month in, 2011 was an historic year. Principally because in a region of the world…

The latest act in Europe’s comic opera

19 December 2011 22:25

If it was not all so serious, the efforts to save the single currency would be worthy of a comic…

Europe’s debt overspill

25 November 2011 13:08

That Italy is now paying around 7.8 per cent for two-year borrowing, compared to the 4.5 per cent it was…

Farage scolds Europe’s wrecking crew

18 November 2011 12:01

In his cover story for last week’s Spectator, Fraser described how the Frankfurt Group – which he dubbed ‘a new…

In defence of technocrats

17 November 2011 17:28

Is Mario Monti’s administration in Italy democratic? Is Greece’s new government? To some, especially in the blogosphere, it is the…

Can Italy rebound?

14 November 2011 17:50

I’m in Italy watching the bonfire of Silvio Berlusconi’s vanities first hand. From the ashes, most Italians hope a stronger…

Berlusconi: latest victim of Europe’s reverse Arab Spring

12 November 2011 21:22

Berlusconi has finally resigned – and so continues what seems to be the Arab Spring in reverse (a Gnirps Bara).…

The Italian domino effect

10 November 2011 0:39

For all the debate about Theresa May and border security, the big news has not been at Westminster today. Instead,…

Berlusconi on the brink

8 November 2011 16:42

Silvio Berlusconi no longer has the support of the majority of Italy’s MPs. That big budget vote was passed an…

Crunch time in Italy and Greece

8 November 2011 11:59

Reports of Silvio Berlusconi’s imminent resignation yesterday may have been exaggerated, but it remains to be seen how greatly. He…

Berlusconi may quit presto

7 November 2011 11:39

The word sweeping across Italy is that the PM may be forced to step down in a matter of hours,…

Crisis a la Milanese

6 November 2011 18:56

If Italy’s a country on the brink, it doesn’t show it. At least not in Milan. Along the city’s rainswept…

Papandreou wins no confidence vote, but appears set to stand down

5 November 2011 4:02

The political situation in Greece remains unclear this morning. George Papandreou’s government survived last night’s confidence vote. But the main…