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Negotiations created an unintended complication, for the EU if not for Britain: Cameron’s efforts have prompted other EU members to raise similar concerns....(full article)

Stratfor Deputy Editor Lynn Wise and Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni discuss how the focus of Europe's immigration crisis could shift from Greece to Italy....(full article)

Matteo Renzi faces a rough few weeks as a corruption scandal erodes his public support and his party stares down in local elections in Rome, Milan and Naples that could result in e...(full article)

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The Great Carbonara Crisis—or Carbonaragate, as it’s come to be known—has arrived at an oddly opportune moment for my family. We have just come back from a sort o...(full article)

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Italy Builds a Winemaking Robot - Miriam Massone, Worldcrunch

At the futuristic Enosis wine lab, the Genesis robot brings wine into the 21st century....

Italy's Search for a New Libyan Savior - Alberto Mucci, Politico EU

Rome hopes stability in the North African nation will protect its oil interests and stop the flow of migrants....

Brazil's Mani Pulite Moment - Andres Velasco, Project Syndicate

Even if Rousseff is impeached, it is far from clear that her successor would have the political will and support to make the necessary economic changes. Investors like to fantasize...

America's Italian Moment - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearPolitics

What would a Donald Trump presidency look like? As Trump nears the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination, Americans have begun to ponder what once seemed a far...

The Millennial Who Wants to Oust Matteo Renzi - Alberto Mucci, Politico

Luigi Di Maio is a young man in a hurry: The 29-year-old wants to turn Italy’s 5-Star Movement into a grown-up party that can challenge Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party ...

The Politics of Pregnancy in Italy - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

Bertolaso’s candidacy is supported by Silvio Berlusconi, who, not surprisingly perhaps, was the second politician to publicly share the archaic sentiment. “Being mayor ...

Italy's Naughty Matteo - Giuliano Ferrara, Politico EU

How far does he want to go? Renzi is a naturally shrewd manipulator. He works for an agreement by launching a preemptive clash that he then uses to lay the ground for negotiations....

Europe's Political Center Is Caving in - G. Wheatcroft, National Interest

The Cinque Stelle is not discernibly Left or Right but just anti: antiestablishment, antiausterity, anti-European. It could be called antipolitical, and almost anti-Italian. Such r...

The U.S., the EU, and NATO - George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

American officials have begun expressing concerns about the state of the European Union. In particular, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Feb. 12 that America has a "very ...

Taking Down the 3 Queens of Sicily's Mafia - B. Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

A fierce criminal gang run by three Italian Mafia women known as the “Mussi di ficurinia,” or Prickly Pear Lip gang, has been dismantled in Sicily after Giuseppe Laudan...

The Outrage Over a Murder in Egypt - New York Times

Italy is in an uproar over the torture and murder in Egypt of Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old Italian doctoral student at Cambridge University who disappeared in Cairo on Jan. 25 and ...

Busting the Mythology of Calabria's Mafia - Anna Sergi, The Conversation

The global war against mafias has a new number one enemy: the Calabrian ’Ndrangheta. At the centre of drug busts and manhunts throughout Europe and around the world, this maf...

Why Europe Can't Create Leaders - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

The European Council's presidency, which rotates among the Union's member states every six months, is not in any capacity an executive post. Nor, however, is it a merely ceremonial...

An Italian-Iranian Hall of Mirrors - Roger Cohen, New York Times

As a consequence of Boxgate, Italy has suffered ridicule. Nothing is worse than ridicule. Here it is merited. Not so much, I would argue, for Italy’s clumsy attempt at courte...

Italy Kowtows to Iran for Cash - George Weigel, National Review

The tender-minded will, I suppose, suggest that Renzi’s surrender to the aesthetic and culinary mores of the seventh-century Arabian peninsula were gestures of respect for di...

The Art of Doing Business with Iran - Suzanne Maloney, Brookings

If you want to understand what drove the intense opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran in certain quarters of the American political establishment, as well as across the broader...

Understanding Italian Defiance - Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

The Italian government has been in a rebellious mood of late. During a war of words with the European Commission over his plan to increase spending this year, Prime Minister Matteo...

Italy Really Really Wants Iran's Business - Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy

Rouhani arrived in Rome Monday, and on Tuesday Prime Minister Matteo Renzi went so far as to ensure nude statues in Rome’s famous Capitoline Museums were covered with white c...

Iran Is Back in Business - Robin Wright, The New Yorker

Ostracized as a pariah for almost four decades, Iran is back in business in a mere ten days—and with both East and West. On Saturday, the Islamic Republic welcomed Chinese Pr...

Italy's Banks Can Wait - Bloomberg View

Europe as a whole has been slow to resolve its banking difficulties, but Italy especially so. The sudden selloff of Italian bank shares shows that decisive action on their nonperfo...

Why Rome Is Lashing Out at Brussels - Kay Wallace, La Repubblica

Public opinion in Italy, once one of the most staunchly pro-EU of European countries, has shifted substantially, as a recent Demos poll for La Repubblica shows. Scalfari argues tha...

The Disappearing Nuns of Italy - Francesca Manolino, Narratively

The number of nuns in this staunchly Catholic country is reducing so rapidly there may be none left by 2050. At a cloistered convent, aging sisters worry who will care for them, le...

Can Italy's Premier Man the EU Helm? - Jacopo Barigazzi, Politico EU

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, doesn’t speak superb English but his German is fluent. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the Commission, is fluent in German, ...

Rome Is Knee-Deep in Bird Poop - Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

There is nothing quite as overpowering as the acidic stench of the fresh, wet feces from more than 4 million birds that have apparently decided to winter in Rome this year....

Is the Mafia Saving Italy From ISIS? - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

“Italy is able to protect itself from terrorist attacks in just two ways: the precise monitoring of ‘weak signals’ that allows wiretapping and targeted preventive...

Draghi's Better Guidance - Wall Street Journal

Only a day after markets jeered him for delivering a new round of monetary stimulus they deemed insufficient, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi resumed his open-mouth mo...

The Draghi Inevitability - Wall Street Journal

The eurozone may be tipping toward recession again, with quarter-on-quarter growth sagging to 0.3% from 0.4% in the second quarter. Germany, Italy and Spain all saw their growth ra...

Europe's Search for Radical Comfort - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

Here in Rome, there will be a mere shrug of the shoulders. Italy has troubles of its own, and a brief journey from London to Italy's perennially struggling south puts on easy displ...

The One-Eyed Gangster & His 40 Thieves - Barbie Nadeau, Daily Beast

They could have come out of central casting: a one-eyed gangster and 45 of his closest henchmen and, for that matter, henchwomen are facing what’s has been billed as Rome&rsq...

Let Refugees Settle Italy's Empty Spaces - Beppe Severgnini, NY Times

AS Europe frets over what to do about the hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring onto the Continent, it occurs to me that the ancient Romans, as they so often do, might offer a ...

Schauble's Gathering Storm - Yanis Varoufakis, Project Syndicate

Meanwhile, Germany’s commitment to “rules” that are incompatible with the eurozone’s survival undermines those French and Italian politicians who were, unti...

Italy Tries to Break the Barriers to Investment - Alberto Saravalle, WSJ

Mr. Renzi is now sending a strong signal that foreigners can feel more confident in investing in Italy knowing that the government is seriously tackling these problems. It is this ...

Europe Should Back Renzi's Risorgimento - Bloomberg View

Italian prime minsters aren't generally known for their commitment to reform or longevity in office. Matteo Renzi has ambitions on both scores and, if the European Union gets out o...

The Mystery of Primo Levi - Tim Parks, New York Review of Books

Primo Levi was born in 1919 on the fourth floor of an “undistinguished” apartment block in Turin and aside from “involuntary interruptions” continued to liv...

Political Victory, Italian-Style - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

After months of U.S.-inspired triangulation and the Byzantine political machinations more typical of his own country, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi scored a big victory this ...

Italy's PM: Europe's Last Blairite - Joji Sakurai, New Statesman

Renzi, however, seems to relish challenges that are the proper measure of his ambition, which was apparent from an early age. The son of a centre-right municipal councillor, he gre...

Italy's Renzi: Bring Russia Back From the Cold - Follain, et al., Bloomberg

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said western leaders trying to end the carnage in Syria must accept the central role of Russia in world affairs as a renewed drive to end the wa...

A New Europe, Ready or Not - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

In the Europe of yore it was possible to craft an external policy focused on internal movement, shutting the gates to the world and leaving its constituent states to deal alone wit...

A Dishy, Bloody History of Sicily - William O’Connor, The Daily Beast

In Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History, John Julius Norwich tells the juicy tale of the most conquered island in the world, from detailing barbarian invasions to ranking...

Banning Gay Pride in Venice, of All Places - I. Tharoor, Washington Post

A 19th century French account described Venice as a city where "a literature of buffoonery and lewdness" -- an echo of Brugnaro's recent comments -- "flourished."...

Reconstructing Pompeii With Drones - Yann Verdo, Worldcrunch

What did Pompeii look like before Mount Vesuvius erupted? And what was on the famous Herculaneum scrolls? Modern technology can provide answers....

How NOT to Order Pizza in Italy - Dany Mitzman, BBC

One of my favourite things about living in Italy is the pizza, and it's recently given me an insight into how our brains are wired differently....

Who's Nexit? 5 EuroStates in Trouble - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

Which will be the next eurozone domino to fall? With Greece enjoying a temporary lull in its apparently permanent crisis, we can take a moment to look around its neighborhood at ot...

Italy's Olive Tree Tragedy - Pierre de Gasquet, Worldcrunch

ALLISTE - The so-called "Giant of Alliste" suddenly appears at the bend of a path. This imposing olive tree is 32-feet-high with a base of twisted trunks measuring 25 feet in circu...

The Second Fall of Rome - Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

There are few worse places to be during the current Roman heat wave -- the hottest ever recorded in a city where the cobblestones retain their heat like a brick oven -- than on an ...

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