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The Longest Election Cycle Ever

Annette Blum | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Annette Blum

Here's to November 8th, it will not come soon enough.

Roma come on!

Laura Kiss | Posted 06.07.2016 | World
Laura Kiss

Here we are. After 2 months of intense electoral campaign Rome is getting ready for the election day waited from its citizens since 8 months, as former mayor Ignazio Marino was obliged to resign his position by its own party (PD).

Italy. Honestly?

Laura Kiss | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Laura Kiss

That was my thought as I arrived in Piazza del Popolo in Rome last Saturday evening, where one hundred thousand people had gathered for "Honesty Night."

Fear Gives 40 -- Renzi's Magic Number

Federiga Bindi | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Federiga Bindi

Let's hope fear will transform not only in hope - as Renzi said in closing the electoral campaign - rather in actual change. That would really be historical.

Il voto del Paese e il campo di distorsione di massa dei social network

Federico Mello | Posted 07.25.2014 | Italy
Federico Mello

Sembrava che Grillo avrebbe superato il Pd. Che i No-euro avrebbero fatto il botto. Sembrava che nel Pd ci fossero solo corrotti e criminali. Che l'esasperazione tra gli italiani fosse alle stelle. Che Berlusconi avrebbe preso meno voti di Tsipras. Niente di tutto ciò è avvenuto. A guardare questa campagna elettorale dallo specchio deformante del web e dei social network, sembrava che un'altra Italia ribollisse sotto la crosta dei "like" e dei "retweet".

'Renzie,' Italy's New Premier, Grabs the Reins: Can a Young Man Run a Country Dominated By the Old?

Marco Morosini | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Marco Morosini

Waiting 30 years for "big reforms" that never came, Italy should immediately lower full voting rights from 25 to 18 and electoral right to the Senate from 45 to 25. This would enhance political stability and justice for all

Captain Letta, Renzi Thor and the Battle for Italy

Federiga Bindi | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Federiga Bindi

Unless you are familiar with Marvel superheroes, it is hard to understand recent events in Italy. The Prime Minister, Democratic Captain Italia Enrico Letta has been just ousted by RenziThor, the Democratic Party leader.

The State of Women in Post-Berlusconi Italy

Federiga Bindi | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Federiga Bindi

There is much ado in Italy nowadays about harassment against women, as MS5's leader and comic actor Beppe Grillo offered sexist remarks against the President of the Parliament Laura Boldrini.

Will Passion Save Italy?

Laura Kiss | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Laura Kiss

Listening to the M5S, after 12 months in parliament, the message is clear: if you are honest, commit yourself and work hard, change is possible. They are positive about the future.

A Country Modeled on Silvio?

Federiga Bindi | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Federiga Bindi

The real problem with the last 20 years in Italy is in fact the decadence of public morality, the lowering of the bar of what is considered acceptable and what is not.

Mission (Im)possible and the Power of Soft Power

Federiga Bindi | Posted 07.02.2013 | World
Federiga Bindi

After a two-months stall, in only two days Enrico Letta presented Italy with its best government ever. Enrico Letta has no easy task in front of him, but the brilliant way he quickly passed the first test gives good reasons to hope.

A Big Day in Italy

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Italian politics has become a shadow-boxing contest between the clownish populist Grillo, the maestro of Internet politics, and the clownish television mogul Berlusconi, who still looms large in Italy despite his many legal cases and his appalling personal life.

Italy Reelects 87-Year-Old President: Operetta or Melodrama?

Federiga Bindi | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Federiga Bindi

Italy is thus at a crossroads. Between operetta and drama, let's hope Italian leaders opt for the first and finally give Italy a happy ending.

Italian protest leader Beppe Grillo: "This is a war, and we'll win"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Previously published in Metro Until recently, Beppe Grillo was simply a successful comedian. But these days, the powerful i...

The Stalemate in Italy Could Destabilize Europe

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Georges Ugeux

With the announcement that the attempts by the Democrats to form a government have been derailed by what the Economist characterizes as two clowns, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo, the situation in Italy gets more dangerous.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, the EU's new strongman: "There has to be a place for young people!"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Previously published in Metro Nobody takes the European Parliament seriously, right? Well, they didn't use to. But since Martin Sc...

A New Italy and the Myth of the Web

Iginio Gagliardone | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Iginio Gagliardone

This is an encouraging sign as it shows Italy's ability to face its crisis not just by falling back on technocracies or populism, but by injecting new meaning in institutions citizens had progressively lost their trust in.

QE for the People: Grillo's Populist Plan for Italy

Ellen Brown | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Ellen Brown

If Grillo's party comes to power and follows through with his platform, those shackles on the Italian economy might actually be released.

Beppe Grillo Is Here To Stay, And Nobody's Laughing

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2013 | World

By Gavin Jones ROME, March 7 (Reuters) - Beppe Grillo stirs strong feelings. His supporters believe he can clean up Italian politics ...

How to Fix Italy After the Divisive Vote

Anne Koch | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Anne Koch

Italians face the spectacle of continued political gridlock with the old elites, many tainted by corruption scandals, still holding the balance of power. What this shows more than anything else is a profound crisis in the relationship between the governed and their rulers.

Comedian-Turned-Politician Suggests Leaving The Euro

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business

Headline-grabbing comedian Beppe Grillo, Italy's latest political sensation, has some in the country concerned with his calls to drop the euro. Gr...

Italy's Democratic Triumph

Mike Edwards | Posted 05.01.2013 | World
Mike Edwards

In the real world, the alternative to this "chaotic" election isn't a business-friendly utopia; it's weeks of rioting shutting down Rome, or even worse, the Arab Spring. So who cares if the Italian people voted for the 'wrong' parties?

Italy May Be Forced To Go To Polls Again

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

By Barry Moody ROME, Feb 27 (Reuters) - An Italian political crisis that has rattled the euro zone deepened on Wednesday when two par...

Italy's Election: Uncertainty Wins

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Marco Vicenzino

Italy's convoluted electoral outcome marks a period of protracted economic instability and political fragmentation. The electoral impasse may result in a short-lived grand coalition government focused on a narrow legislative agenda with new elections before year's end.

God Save Italy

Lucia Annunziata | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Lucia Annunziata

The gist of all these arguments is that we can't not have a government, yet we can't figure out how to build one. This is the catch-22 that currently dominates our politics.