In 1977 the autonomist collective A/Traverso were violently arrested
by the Italian state. While the majority of their literature was lost or
destroyed, fragments remain that provide vital context to democratic struggles
in Europe today.
This second of two essays on military spending and the
EU crisis, explores
the role of the European arms trade, corruption and the role of arms exporting
countries in fuelling a debt crisis, and why these 'odious' debts need to be
written off. See Part One here.
The concept of a "grand coalition" in Italy is unlikely to work due to a history of distrust between the two main parties, and the emergence of Beppe Grillo's Five Stars Movement as a considerable political force.
The election of the new President of the Republic ended
up in a mess for the Democratic Party, devastating both its cohesion
and political capital. Is this the end of the road for an united Italian left?
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?
From PM Monti's technocracy to President Napolitano's ten 'wise men', Italy is turning to technical expertise to rescue it from political lethargy. But the rise (and fall) of Italy's technocrats only hides the chronic frictions between the country's political class and its educated –
and forgotten – youth.
common view that Berlusconi's omnipresence in Italy's political life was facilitated by his control of the media is only
partially true. Relations between Italian media and politics have, in fact, a much more complicated history tracing back to decades before the Cavaliere's reign.
Over the last decades, the Italian media has become a scene for the soap opera of Italian politics. Will Beppe Grillo's recent electoral successes, partly due to his heavy use of social media, put paid to the media-politics status quo in Italy?
Sunderland manager Di Canio has apparently finally distanced himself from fascism. What can we learn from the furore, about power and sport, politics and the personal, and the UK's relationship to fascist ideology?
It is a strange country that risks killing off Europe having been one of its founding and most reliable members. To move away from the sterile politics of the past twenty years, Italy has to come up with something new - but what?
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are committed to promoting human rights and inclusive democracy through
dialogue and debate. But a global debate without the female half of
humanity is neither global nor democratic. With this in mind, 50.50 publishes women's
analysis, insight and views on current affairs.
In the months following the start of the Arab Revolutions, articles and analysis poured into openDemocracy from contributors across the Middle East and Europe. Gradually, the impact of Tahrir Square began to extend well beyond the Middle East as democratic inspiration travelled from east to west. Arab Awakening tries to capture that inspiration and use it to help us read a rapidly changing world.
"As students of politics is it is vital to study the power of imagination."
-Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS