Italy

Italy in the firing line

20 September 2011 9:17

Markets sank into negative territory this morning, following Standand&Poor’s downgrade of Italy’s credit rating. (Although they havesince recovered.) The agency…

Eurosis

1 September 2011 15:45

Most of Europe takes all of August off for summer. Paris is empty, Brussels eerie and nobody works in Madrid.…

Merkel’s hard game

29 August 2011 18:13

As James noted earlier, Angela Merkel’s response to the Eurozone crisis is hampered by the awkward arithmetic in the Bundestag.…

Euro crisis enters a new phase

19 July 2011 10:57

It was a problem that would be fixed with a snap of the Commissioners’ manicured fingers, but now fresh euro-storms…

The euro’s death rattle

12 July 2011 17:59

The end might be nigh for the euro. The currency has hit an all-time low against the Swiss franc, as…

Wouter Weylandt’s Cortege

11 May 2011 12:53

There was no racing in the Giro d’Italia yesterday. Instead the peloton rode at a funereal pace to honour Wouter…

Wouter Weylandt, 1984-2011

9 May 2011 17:49

I was all set to write a post complaining that, as usual, the Anglophone press never pays enough attention* to…

The rebels press on in Libya, but questions remain

28 March 2011 9:21

As Nato takes full military responsibility in Libya, the rebels surge onwards in the direction of Tripoli. According to one…

The coming war with Libya

13 March 2011 18:19

If the West is not ready to intervene decisively against Colonel Ghadaffi, it needs to get ready for a post-revolutionary…

Across Europe, students are protesting against the end of their entitlements

4 January 2011 18:00

A month ago I found myself in the space of one week in two different countries, yet in the midsts…

Rome smoulders

14 December 2010 14:49

I’m visiting a stylish but tense Rome today, just as the Italian legislature has voted down a non-confidence vote in…

What now?

14 December 2010 13:12

The BBC is reporting that the embattled Silvio Berlusconi has survived confidence votes in both of Italy’s Houses. The vote…

Defending the Defence: Italian Edition

8 June 2010 22:21

As the build-up to the World Cup continues, my latest item at Goal Post defends Italy and the Italian way…

The Nobility of Defeat

29 May 2010 1:25

  As you know, it’s Ivan Basso in the picture here and on Saturday, for the first time and on…

Forza Evans!

15 May 2010 20:30

Cadel Evans wins Stage 7 of the 2010 Giro d’Italia in Montalcino. Photo: Luk Beines/AFP/Getty Images. What with being deprived…

Who’s Afraid of a Hung Parliament?

27 April 2010 0:06

So it seems you have to vote Conservative to accept the party’s invitation to join the government of Great Britain?…

The Vatican plays the “Jewish Card”

3 April 2010 14:18

Speaking in a Good Friday homily, with the Pope listening, the Pontiff’s personal preacher, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, likened the drive…

The Italian Right prepares for life without Berlusconi

10 October 2009 13:16

Silvio Berlusconi has said that he’s “the most persecuted man in the history of the world and the history of…

The Importance of Being Silvio

25 September 2009 16:30

President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to the G20 dinner on September…

Let us praise Silvio Berlusconi…

31 July 2009 19:37

In these bleak times, we should be grateful for Silvio Berlusconi’s willingness to provide much-needed levity and entertainment. The story…