several candidates failed to be elected to the presidency, the Italian
parliament gave an unprecedented second mandate to Giorgio Napolitano, the
87-year-old incumbent. Will this be enough to get Italy out of its political jam?
Two big announcements have
shaken Italian politics up last week: with Monti's resignation and Berlusconi's
comeback, a year of positioning on the Italian chessboard is rapidly moving towards
The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario
Monti, has recently hinted that he might stay for a second term at the head of
his mostly technocratic and nonpartisan government, on the condition of
not having to face the voters in the upcoming election. But for how long will the consensus behind Monti hold?
Italy's weak economy is visible to all, but there is a parallel crack in the system which is at least as dangerous to the country’s wellbeing and stability, undermining its very structures. It is a clash between the powers of the state; the law on one side and the executive and legislature (usually referred to as la politica) on the other.
A recent seminar for future immigrant community leaders in Rome showed what a positive impact Italy's 'peaceful influx' might have, provided the language of the Northern League and other anti-immigrant elements can be kept at bay
Riots overshadowing the "Occupy Rome" protests last Saturday showed how utterly unprepared both organisers and the police were for a predictable hijacking of the protests, while the government continues to turn a blind eye to the root causes of the discontent.
After six years of stalemate, talks between Serbian and Kosovon Albanians on the future constitutional status of the disputed territory are imminent. James Walston, recently in Kosovo, assesses their likely outcome.
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