At the end of the day, we should remember that soccer fans are also voters that can not only consolidate a politician's career, but can also launch it.
The cultural and moral decay of the Berlusconi "era" had already taken its' toll. In 26 years the number of times my spouse and I considered leaving is countless.
Time to go home, comrades. The war is over and we have lost. For 20 long years we doubted our premier, we accused him of frequenting prostitutes and using his power for personal gain. Wrong. The man is, actually, a politician of integrity.
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.
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".
Edward Snowden now has a friend in high places. See who made or lost friends in the news by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz.
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
Plenty of worry for the famous wall that markets often climb, but no Armageddon's on the horizon. Maybe we can get back to "normalcy" after all, even with increased market "volume" more to the upside.
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.
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.
Too often the political and business establishments in many countries gloss over the impact of corruption. They underestimate the scale of public anger. They fail to fully appreciate that corruption kills, it impoverishes, it robs people of their dignity, their freedom and their rights.
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.
My American friend wrote me this morning: How does it feel to live, free of Berlusconi? Are the people of Italy rejoicing in the streets? Here in Turin, the news was hardly noticed, because although it is good news, it is also old news.
A guy on my right approached me and asked if I was a U.S. citizen. I said, "Yes." Upon my confirmation, two other men came over to sit at my small table as four more people at the bar, three men and a lady, turned around to listen.
With the federal government shut down, you can enjoy the silence by relaxing and taking our Week to Week news quiz and see if you know what's been going on.
Things certainly look bleak in Washington as an extreme right-wing rump caucus has closed down our government all because a law was passed in the exact way prescribed by the Constitution, but all is not lost.