Following Berlusconi's recent conviction, the Italian Senate will vote this Wednesday to expel him from its ranks. But with Berlusconi's it's not over before it's over – and the Cavaliere is agitatedly fighting back.
The Eurozone crisis has plunged southern Europeans into
poverty and unemployment. It has created irreparable divisions between the
north and the south of Europe. No sign of economic and political convergence is
in sight. Fear not, TV will save us.
After the recent tragedy in Lampedusa, a number of politicians and commentators have claimed that what Italy needs to face the current refugees crisis is more support from the European Union. Politics aside, what does this claim really imply?
Just as the wandering elites of Damascus, Cairo or Tripoli seek
salvation in London, the peripatetic poor and needy of the very same countries
are drowning to the distant putting sound of an indifferent life-boat.
Another culinary adventure from our Sunday Comics columnist who in an unplanned visit to Italy experiences the horror of the Vatican cafeteria and the terror of driving along the Amalfi coast, before happening upon a tranquil and restorative setting.
recent deaths off the coast of Lampedusa are a gruesome consequence of EU border and immigration control policies that follow the logic of security and restrictionism over human rights and international maritime law, says Nina Perkowski.
A new Italian reality TV show is sending celebrities to refugee camps, but for refugees to be able to speak for themselves and convey the message theywant to convey, the cameras must be given to refugees themselves, says Nath Gbikpi.
Italy has just passed
a new law offering better protection for victims of domestic violence. But will this be enough to work against the
damaging effect of under-funded safe houses and public figures who
still blame women for their abuse?
In the summer lethargy, the Italian government is attempting to pass new constitutional amendments that would take power away from Parliament and concentrate it in the executive branch's hands. Public debate has been avoided, despite potentially dramatic consequences.
It hardly matters under what label - including American
“safety” and “security” - such a governing power is built; sooner or later, the
architecture will determine the acts, and it will become more tyrannical at
home and more extreme abroad. Thank your lucky stars that Edward Snowden
made the choices he did.
Silvio Berlusconi has had lots of friends, or so he
says – l’amico George (Bush), l’amico Tony (Blair), and now l’amico Nursultan
(Nazarbayev) of Kazakhstan. The Shalabayeva affair has exposed the cost of this
In a complacent Italy, race and racial abuse do
not receive much discussion in the public sphere. Yet recent incidents involving Cécile Kyenge demand an urgent scouring of historical and cultural legacies today.
While European leaders have expressed outrage about
the US eavesdropping on the communications of its citizens, for them to symbolically challenge
the US is one thing; to challenge it substantively is another thing altogether.
The author of a new book on the ongoing crisis in the eurozone discusses the survival of the euro,
the default alternative, who might gain from a failed austerity, and the
prospects for global Keynesianism. An interview.
After the seemingly unending crisis that followed this February's elections, Italian politics seem to have finally found some stability. And yet, recent events may be the sign of greater trouble to come.
For its citizens, Europe has become a cold and alienating power, instead of the welcoming space it was meant to be. Where did that political and intellectual left which in the last two decades has been decisively Europeanist go wrong?
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.