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Italy's Downward Spiral

Hans-Werner Sinn, Project Syndicate

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal?

George Friedman, Stratfor

Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews

Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

Bill de Blasio and the Two Italys

Alexander Stille, New York Daily News

Italy is now in a triple-dip recession. But it didn’t get there by itself. Yes, the economy’s long slide reflects Italian leaders’ failure to confront the country...(full article)

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...(full article)

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...(full article)

Anti-Jewish graffiti in Rome has little to do with Israel and Gaza, and everything to do with Europe’s ugly history of anti-Semitism....(full article)

Bill de Blasio won the mayoralty on a promise to attack New York City’s income inequality. Although the main purpose of his trip to Italy is to relax with family, he should k...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Europe's Moral Failure - Jerusalem Post

In city after city, attempts to draw the line between criticism of Israeli policies and crude anti-Semitism have been utterly abandoned....

Pope Francis vs. Mafia: No Piety Among Mobsters - Boston Globe

Pope Francis didn’t mince words during a recent visit to Calabria in southern Italy. Speaking of those responsible for one of the most horrific crimes Italy has seen in years...

How Matteo Renzi Beat Merkel on Austerity - Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters

Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy who took the revolving presidency of the European Union this week, seems to be the sort of man that Napoleon was referring to when he repu...

Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger - Walter Mayr, Der Spiegel

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised change for his country. His new foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, embodies the desire to shake things up. Just 41 years old, she la...

Would the Mafia Ever Order a Hit on the Pope? - Peter Weber, The Week

The pope informally excommunicated sanctimonious mobsters, and threatens their finances. And the Mafia isn't exactly known for its restraint....

The Italian Disaster - Perry Anderson, London Review of Books

Europe is ill. How seriously, and why, are matters not always easy to judge. But among the symptoms three are conspicuous, and inter-related. The first, and most familiar, is the d...

They Saved the Eurozone but Forgot Its People - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Remember the eurozone crisis? You don't hear much about it anymore, which could easily lead you to the conclusion that the problems have been solved. And to an extent they have bee...

Italy's Scariest Serial Killer Returns - Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

The torture and murder of a young prostitute has Italians worried that one of the country’s most notorious serial killers may be back in action....

A Surge of Anti-EU Populism Across Europe - Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

The Irish election takes place in the context of a broader Continent-wide election which is probably more important than any in recent years in setting the EU’s direction pol...

Italy's Long Slide - Raymond de Souza, National Post

The question for workers in Italy today is not as dramatic as it was for much of the 20th century — is the path to true liberation found in the free economy or in a state-pla...

Europe's Next Moral Hazard - Hans-Werner Sinn, Project Syndicate

An increase in public debt causes a short-term surge in demand, helping to increase the degree of capacity utilization and keep unemployment in check. However, new debt is nothing ...

The Fall of Rome, Circa 2014 - Walter Mayr, Der Spiegel

Pilgrims from around the world are expected in Rome this weekend for the canonization of two former popes. They will find an Italian capital that is increasingly squalid and close ...

Silvio Berlusconi, Social Worker - The Economist

As often happens in Italy, a daunting punishment has been whittled down to a mild reproof. Mr Berlusconi’s four-year sentence was cut to one year because of an amnesty law from a...

Italy's Baby-Making Troubles - Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors....

Europe's Comeback - Washington Post

The powers that be within the European Union — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr. Draghi — would be wise to grant Mr. Valls and Mr. Renzi the fiscal wiggle room they need....

Will the EU Take on Putin? - Bloomberg View

If the Europeans think that Plan A gives them wiggle room on imposing painful sanctions, they are deluding themselves. It was important that the U.S. administration respond to the ...

How the Italian Mafia Is Infiltrating Germany - Jorg Diehl, Der Spiegel

A trial currently underway in Cologne showcases the extent of the Italian Mob's infiltration of German society and the construction business. Critics claim authorities have been fa...

Will Rome Bring Prosperity to North Africa? - Giovanni Faleg, TAI

Though the ancient Romans famously defeated the Carthaginians, today Tunisia, the modern-day location of Carthage, may depend on Italy for its survival as a newly democratic state....

Can Matteo Renzi Fix Italian Politics? - Rob Edens, RealClearWorld

His dazzling ascent to Italy's highest political office is only matched by his prodigious ambitions. With a hyperactivity not seen in Europe since the early days of Sarkozy, for th...

Europe's Latest Secession Movement: Venice? - Matt Ford, The Atlantic

2.1 million Venetians just voted to leave Italy and restore their medieval republic....

Mafia Plants Death in the Land of Mozzarella - Barbie Nadeau, Daily Beast

Illegal dumping for decades created land so toxic that selling wine, cheese, and olive oil produced there is strictly prohibited. Locals say the land is too dangerous to even die o...

Why Our Mayors Don't Rule Our World - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

A good mayor is trusted in ways that prime ministers, premiers and presidents rarely are these days – not just by citizens, but by people around the world, in the cases of pl...

Italy's Young Prime Minister in a Hurry - Alexander Stille, The New Yorker

Sixty-three governments in sixty-eight years, with twenty-seven different Prime Ministers—so why should we care that Italy has a new government, with yet another Prime Minist...

Italy's New Prime Minister Promises Big Reform - Walter Mayr, Spiegel

New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a neophyte on the national stage. But he has lofty ambitions nonetheless. A look back at his time as the mayor of Florence provides a gli...

How David Cameron Could Reshape Europe - Fraser Nelson, Spectator

If David Cameron were to divide Europe up, he’d make some crude distinctions. There would be the basket cases, like Italy, Spain, Greece, France — examples, by and larg...

Matteo Renzi Is Italy's Final Hope - Christopher Duggan, Telegraph

Not for the first time, Italy has looked to a young, charismatic leader, untainted by previous political mistakes, for salvation. For some, Matteo Renzi is the country's ...

Italy's New Machiavelli - Joseph LaPalombara, Yale Global

In Italy it is widely understood, even if left unspoken, that Niccolò Machiavelli had a hand in the birth of its just-installed national government, headed by youthful Matte...

Will Italy Accept Renzi's Reforms? - Milton Ezrati, The National Interest

Renzi’s rhetoric certainly sounds encouraging to pro-reform elements in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. He has hit on well-known elements advanced by Monti, recommended by the...

Sorry, Italy, You're in China's Seat - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

China will be even less transparent if economists are under pressure to be nice to Beijing. That is, unless the G-7 can talk China out of it. The only way to do that is to put out ...

Italy's 39 Year-Old Prime Minister Has Much to Prove - Patrick Smith, FT

Sometime this week or next, if all goes to plan, 39–year–old Matteo Renzi will become the youngest prime minister in Italian history. He will form the nation’s 62...

The Man in a Hurry to Save Italy - Dinmore & Segreti, Financial Times

The charismatic prime minister in waiting must prove he can deliver....

Italy Back in Crisis: Prime Minister Resigns - Nick Squires, Telegraph

Italian politics was thrown back into crisis Thursday after Matteo Renzi, a 39-year old rising star of the Left, threw down the gauntlet and forced the resignation of Enrico Letta,...

The Reform Split in Southern Europe - Financial Times

Almost four years since the start of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis, the debate on the effectiveness of the eurozone response is still far from settled. In particular, economists...

Knox Case an Indictment of Italian Justice - Andrew Gumbel, Guardian

Meredith Kercher murder trial has shown Italian justice system to be more concerned in saving face than looking at the evidence....

NATO Needs a Southern Strategy - Larrabee & Wilson, The National Interest

In the first two decades after the end of the Cold War, NATO looked predominantly east, toward Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia. Today it is being drawn increasingly ...

The Berlusconi Era Is Not Over Yet - Duncan McDonnell, The Australian

Twenty years ago this month, one of Italy's most successful businessmen, Silvio Berlusconi, was at his home near Milan preparing a speech to be broadcast by his television channels...

Italiano? Nein. A Part of Italy Wants Out - Silvia Marchetti, Newsweek

In Italy's Alps, at the border with Austria, there's a land where people speak in German and dream of independence. Once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, it was annexed by Ita...

Italy's Growing Toxic Waste Scandal - Walter Mayr, Der Spiegel

For decades, the Mafia has been dumping toxic waste illegally in the region north of Naples. Recently declassified testimony shows that leading politicians have known about the pro...

Biggest Losers of 2013 - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

What a difference a year makes. The US has been forced to pivot back to the Middle East, and not because things were going well. Al Qaeda is back, having successfully morphed from ...

Is Fascism Returning to Europe? - F. Finchelstein & F. Bosoer, NY Times

Broadly speaking, populist movements, which tend to gain traction following the implementation of austerity measures, are an attempt to redress perceived crises of representation i...

Italy's New Hope - Irish Times

Italy, it would seem, may finally be ready to turn the corner. Two important straws in the wind suggest that it is about to confront crucial institutional/political blockages centr...

Every Italian Is a Little Bit Silvio - Beppe Severgnini, New York Times

We should invent a “Berluscometer” to gauge how much Silvio there is in each of us. If you have more than 50 percent, you’ll vote for him. I’m safe at, I’m guessing, ab...

Italy Has Two Chances Post-Berlusconi - Hugo Dixon, Reuters

Italy seems continually condemned to disappoint. The economy has barely grown in 20 years. The younger generation is languishing without opportunity: youth unemployment stands at 4...

Are Europeans Giving Up on Europe? - Moises Naim, The Atlantic

The collective mood of a nation mired in a prolonged economic recession shows many of the symptoms of clinical depression: despair, fatalism, an inability to make decisions, lack...

Bye Bye Berlusconi -- But Not Quite - Bernd Riegert, Deutsche Welle

Is that it, now? Or will the man called politically "dead" again pull off the impossible? Silvio Berlusconi might return to power, but Europe wouldn't deserve it....

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