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Renzi's Italian Job Gets Tougher

Tim Hedges, The Commentator

A Tuscan City Fights for Its Future

Jack Ewing & Gaia Pianigiani, NY Times

The Righteous Sicilian

Silvia Marchetti, Politico EU

Asian Companies Snap Up Italian Assets

A. Goldstein, East Asia Forum

It had to happen eventually; Italy’s popular and hyperactive Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has run into a spot of bother. His Democratic Party (PD) lost ground in the recent ...(full article)

SIENA, Italy — Operators of kindergartens and ambulance services had to find new sources of funds. A biotech company filed for bankruptcy. The local professional soccer team ...(full article)

The mob killed Italian President Sergio Mattarella's crusading brother. He's getting his revenge through politics and the law....(full article)

Despite headlines proclaiming a setback for Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and his center-left Partito Democratico (PD, Democratic Party), Renzi’s Democrats emerge from ...(full article)

When it comes to Asian companies investing abroad, Italy has traditionally been a rather neglected destination. Asian companies remained spooked by the weakness of the Italian inve...(full article)

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Italy's Electoral Reform May Usher in Further Instability - Stratfor

The lower house of the Italian parliament adopted a controversial electoral law May 4, in the hopes of making the government more effective. Called Italicum, the law will concentra...

Tiny Italian Town Beating U.S. Navy - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

Sicilian pensioner Salvatore Terranova blames America for messing with his pacemaker. Every six months or so, he has to drive across the island to Palermo to get it re-calibrated. ...

The Merchants Are Killing Venice - Winston Ross, Newsweek

It’s a chilly Monday morning in Venice, and an icy breeze is cutting through the city’s emerald canals. I’m standing at a busy gondola station, squashed between c...

The Renzi-Obama Connection - Riccardo Alcaro, Brookings

Last Friday’s summit between Italy and the United States was an occasion for American President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to discuss issues of mutu...

Mediterranean Migrants Dying in Huge Numbers - S. Asokan, BuzzFeed

Around 900 people are reported dead or missing at sea in the region so far this year, compared to 17 who died in the same period last year, according to the U.N....

Italy's Reform Drive Stops Short - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

Italy has made some progress on spending cuts, but reform seems to be slowing down at just the point when real gains could be locked in. The FT reports on Prime Minister Matteo Ren...

Lessons in Reform from...Italy? - Klaus Zimmerman, Wall Street Journal

Rome could teach Paris a few things about how to push ahead with difficult but necessary reforms....

Italy's Iconic Olive Trees Slated to Die - Alvise Armellini, EU Observer

The EU is being railroaded into a plan to eradicate up to 1 million centuries-old olive trees in one of the most picturesque tourist spots of southern Italy, campaigners say, causi...

Sicily's Mafia Cashes in on Immigrants - Niccolo Zancan, La Stampa

Migrants who arrive to the island of Lampedusa, or any other place in Italy, and are not recognized as asylum seekers are first housed in Identification and Expulsion Centers. Thos...

China Moves In on U.S. Turf - Washington Post

THE OBAMA administration suffered a foreign policy setback last week when three European allies — Germany, France and Italy — decided to join a fourth, Britain, as shar...

Will Amanda Knox Be Dragged Back to Italy? - Nina Burleigh, Newsweek

The scene in Perugia played out like a colorized version of that harrowing mob scene in Frankenstein—outraged villagers storming the castle to slay the monster who has been t...

Italy's most Whimsical One-Man Museum - S. Eberspacher, The Week

Past the outskirts of Rome, in a small ramshackle suburb called Dragona, is a museum like no other....

Italy Fears an ISIS Invasion - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis....

ISIS Barbarism on Mediterranean Shores - The Scotsman

This latest atrocity brings Islamic State to the southern shores of the Mediterranean, close enough to Italy to make it a real threat. Just in case that was not obvious enough, IS ...

Italy Fears ISIS Invasion from Libya - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

Last weekend in Italy, as the threat of ISIS in Libya hit home with a new video addressed to “the nation signed with the blood of the cross” and the warning, “w...

Squatters Save a Classic Roman Theater - Marcelle Padovani, L'Obs

ROME - It's a typical 1950s cinema, with red bricks, neon lights and 700 vintage seats, an institution in Rome's bohemian Trastevere neighborhood. The Cinema America was closed for...

Italy' new anti-Corruption President - C. Gegout, The Conversation

Italy has a new president in the form of Sergio Mattarella, a 73-year-old constitutional judge from Sicily. Mattarella was elected to the role in the wake of the retirement of Gior...

Italy's Separatists Spread their Wings - Tony Pierucci, IPD

Italy’s far-right Northern League has received considerable attention due to its recent surge in popularity. In the wake of the January 7th Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris the...

The Resignation of Italy's Aging President - A. Mariuzzo, The Conversation

Giorgio Napolitano, Italy’s 89-year-old president, has resigned from the office he has held for nearly a decade. His departure will prompt a secret ballot among parliamentari...

Syrians on the Ghost Boat to Europe - James Denselow, Al Jazeera

The policy of the EU has largely been one of "Fortress Europe" characterised by the reduction of humanitarian support to sea born refugees and tighter border fences to the east. Wh...

4 of World's 10 Biggest Economies Are European - Ben Fox, EU Observer

The UK has edged ahead of France into fifth place in this year's rankings, although the Cebr comments that the $1 billion (€850 million) gap in output between the two countrie...

Italy's Coming Year of Reckoning - Scott MacDonald, National Interest

At the center of the brewing storm is the issue of confidence. When investors trust sovereign debtors, governments have access to credit markets. When investors lose confidence in ...

Waking Italy from Its Economic Slumber - Roger Cohen, New York Times

It was with some astonishment that I found Prime Minister Matteo Renzi sweeping in to meet me the other day in jeans and a white open-neck shirt (“I hope you don’t mind...

Italy's Great, Reclusive Storyteller - Rachel Donadio, NY Review of Books

Ferrante, who hides behind a pseudonym and has never made a public appearance—does not disguise the fact that, like Ulysses, her Naples novels, in their own way, are epic in ...

Italy Can Teach Mexico About Organized Crime - Roberto Saviano, Reuters

At this moment, the fiercest, most powerful criminal organizations in the world are located in Mexico. Recent events should leave no one with any doubts. On Sept. 26, 43 trainee te...

The Black Year of Italian Olive Oil - Lindsay Abrams, Salon

Wacky weather and pests wreaked havoc on this year’s olive crop, resulting in a harvest down 35 percent from last year. And Italy’s not alone: Production is down across...

Suitcases With Wheels? 'Vietato' in Venice - Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

Vietato valigia con ruota! From next May, tourists arriving in Venice can expect to be greeted by these words. Vietato valigia con ruota?...

Will Turkey Stick to China Missile Deal? - Al-Monitor

According to a defense official in Ankara who didn’t want to be identified, Western countries, instead of trying to understand Turkey’s demands, simply say, “Trus...

Contemplating the Italian Lira's Comeback - The Guardian

Could Italy be heading for an exit from the euro? It is no longer unthinkable....

Naples Softly Decays - Alan Johnston, BBC

Many of the historic buildings in the Italian city of Naples have fallen into a crumbling state of disrepair. Millions of euros have been promised for renovations but is this enoug...

What Happened to Dear Old Britain? - Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, ECFR

Something strange is afoot in the United Kingdom when a prime minister educated at the elite Eton College starts competing to be more populist than Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP...

A Crazy Idea to Help Italy - Jim O'Neill, Bloomberg View

As I travelled around Italy on this latest trip, I imagined a different kind of Germanic rigidity. How about a zero-tolerance approach to inflation that falls below target? Perhaps...

Europe's Perennial State of Fragmentation - Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Over the past 12 months, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, observing firsthand how the global economic crisis is reawakening dormant trends along the Continent's tradi...

Taxation Needs to Go Global - Wolfgang Schauble, Project Syndicate

Most of the tax-allocation principles that apply today date back to a time when doing business internationally primarily meant transporting goods across a border to a neighboring c...

Europe's Deadly Fiscal Paralysis - Bloomberg View

If growth in the euro area is not restored, the future of the union itself will be in jeopardy....

Moral Collapse on the Refugee Issue - The Guardian

In the context of the rise of an anti-migrant right across the EU, it is understandable that the main political parties recognise and try to respond to voters’ anxieties. But...

Italy Is in Terminal Decline - Nicholas Farrell, Spectator

Hardly anyone bothers to fret about Italy any more, even though last week its exchanges took the second biggest hit after Greece. Italy’s irreversible demise is a foregone co...

Reviving Europe's Economy - Irish Times

Europe’s leaders need to do more to get growth moving and a central player here has to be Germany....

Europe Acknowledges Austerity's Failure - Patrick Smith, The Fiscal Times

Standing again on the cliff overlooking Recession Valley now prompts a fundamental realignment among the European powers....

Bloated States Are Choking Europe - Daniel Mitchell, The Commentator

Europe's crisis is not one of capitalism but one of social democracy. Leftist economics has made the state so bloated that much of the continent remains mired in stagnation with li...

China Swooping in on Italy's Grids and Brands - Rachel Sanderson, FT

The EU debt crisis opened up periphery countries to Chinese investors....

Renzi Has no Fix for Italy's Ills - Hans-Jurgen Schlamp, Spiegel

Stores are closing, tradespeople are being let go and manufacturing is collapsing all over Italy, especially in the south. Many young academics are leaving the country. While produ...

The European Central Bank on the Defensive - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg

It's interesting, though, that even with the ECB doing more and more to pump up the economy, and with European yields far below their debt-crisis levels, Draghi still feels the nee...

Germany's Two-Front Fight - Bosoni & Fleming-Williams, Stratfor

Germany is currently ruled by a grand coalition, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union party (and its sister party, the Bavaria-based Chris...

Europe Needs a New Social Contract - Kemal Dervis, Project Syndicate

It will not be possible to design this new social contract country by country. Europe has become too interwoven in myriad ways – not just in purely financial and economic ter...

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