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About Alessio Colonnelli

Alessio Colonnelli has written for The Independent, Prospect, Foreign Policy, Politico Europe, Little Atoms, International Business Times, Aspen Review Central Europe, Labour List, Left Foot Forward and the LSE blog Euro Crisis in the Press. He's worked in London, Madrid and Barcelona in media and education, and holds a master's degree in languages and literary translation from Padua University, Italy. He blogs here.

Alessio Colonnelli ha trabajado en medios de comunicación y la enseñanza en Londres, Madrid y Barcelona, y tiene un grado/máster en idiomas y traducción literaria de la Universidad de Padua, Italia.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Relaunching French – a very messy business

Like-minded thinkers find it rather depressing that the Francophone equivalent of the battle Salman Rushdie fought 30 years ago – against the concept of “Commonwealth literature” – has yet to commence.

Anything can still happen in Europe

Old and new international dynamics are simultaneously at play in Europe. Many voters don't know what to make of this chaos.

Italy is haemorrhaging youth and has no idea how to stem the flow, but there's still hope

Isolating itself – like Britain is doing – would be the end. Italy couldn't afford it. That is the one thing everyone agrees on…

Austrian passports for South Tyroleans are fine – or almost so

There is one thing calculated to diffuse Europe's nationalisms: the feeling a person can have – or develop over time – of belonging to more than one country.

South Tyrol – a distorting mirror for Vienna, Rome and liberal London

Three capitals – the financial and military heart, the bridge with eastern Europe, and the ancient caput mundi on the Mediterranean – form a triangle, at whose centre emerges South Tyrol.

South Tyrol should not be giving lessons to Barcelona

The governor of South Tyrol recently sent a letter to the Spanish and Catalan presidents highlighting his region's successful statute of autonomy. But things in this northern Italian province are not as rosy as they appear.

In Italy's centre-left, the hyphen is morphing into a wide blank space

The ruling Democratic party is on the verge of a breakup – given its history, this comes as no surprise.

Fillon is a harsh austerian: on Sunday, Europeans need Juppé instead

Anti-Islam and pro-Russia, anti-LGBT and pro-Thatcher. If François Fillon wins France's right-wing primary, it will be Europe who loses.

Rome and its fear of dissent

South Tyrolean separatists were recently denied the chance to express their discontent in the capital.

Five Star Movement: Italy's populist progressives?

The Five Star Movement was progressive from the start. Now they have another chance to shake things up – will they squander this too?

Tangled soft and brutal powers at the root of Brexit

How will Brexit affect the UK's soft power in Europe?

An open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from an Italian

Please Mr Corbyn, could you highlight Giulio Regeni's case next Wednesday at PMQs? Could you ask David Cameron to throw the British government's diplomatic weight behind the Italian investigators?

Muros de odio y temor, en Europa

Necesitamos fronteras, pero éstas no tienen por qué ser barricadas. English

European walls of hate and fear

We do need borders – but these needn’t be barricades. Español

Short skirts and short tempers: Italy's media and Islamophobia

How did a tiny, inconsequential bit of local news in Amsterdam get picked up and made a major discussion topic in Italy's media?

Genitals à La Romana

An unsavoury media dish was served up in the Italian news on the occasion of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's visit to Rome last week. But was it all a case of much ado about nothing?

Brexit could help the EU reshape itself

The EU's democratic deficit has never been more obvious. A Brexit could shake things up for the better.

Orbán, Seehofer and the anti-immigration link

Why are the leaders of Hungary and Bavaria meeting up for talks in a German monastery?

Corbyn: the European media react

Press comments on the Continent openly betray editorial lines – impartiality on the new Labour leader has proved nigh on impossible.

Watching Labour: a European perspective

How is the Labour leadership contest being viewed from Europe?

The left's way forward

Why modern social democracy must be flexible and multifaceted if the left wishes to reclaim power in Europe.

Porous borders allow migrants into Germany. And?

Many are desperately trying to get into a country that’s perceived as Europe’s best. Politicians thrive in the petty-minded zeitgeist of those who noisily complain. Do true democrats need to worry?

How the Pirates in Germany have lost their way

Is there any connection between the decline of the Pirate Party and the rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany?

An Italian poet on trial

Erri De Luca suggested in an interview that the Susa Valley high-speed rail line should be sabotaged. The construction company involved has taken him to court.

Mietbremse and Mindestlohn mean good news for Europe as a whole

Gentle controls on the property rental market and a fair general minimum wage in Germany will set a high democratic benchmark in Europe.

Using South Tyrol to solve Ukraine? Don't be stupid

The Italian minister of foreign affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, said that Italy’s mostly German-speaking region is an example for solving ethnic disputes in Ukraine and beyond. This is a flawed and dangerous piece of advice.

Britain and Austria: clashing on EU state aid

Britain's application for £17.6bn in EU subsidies for the construction of the brand new Hinkley Point nuclear power station has drawn the ire of Austria's government, who say that such a subsidy is illegitimate and unethical.

"You, a convicted minister!" - namecalling and mudslinging in the Catalan parliament

Partido Popular MPs lashed out at Catalonia’s education minister for ignoring court rulings on Catalan language use.

The quasi-lack of a European public sphere

Younger educated people are paving the way towards a cohesive Continent – let’s have many more like them in the future.

Spain’s Partido Popular’s snide attacks on Catalan

Spain's ruling conservative fears a powerful, united Catalan-Valencian language and will do everything possible to keep them separate.

Two parliamentarians resign in Rome – a story of vision, disillusion and intellectual honesty

The recent resignation of a senator and a deputy from the Five Star Movement highlights the party's increasing descent into the very politics it criticises.

Five Star Movement’s natural ally in Strasbourg is Podemos

Beppe Grillo doesn’t suffer fools gladly – why did he ally with UKIP then?

Minister Boschi, South Tyrol is autonomous and rightly so

The Italian minister publicly claimed she would personally get rid of the country’s self-governing regions – an ill-informed, controversy-stirring populist claim.

Remembering Tiziano Terzani: ten years on

What would the outstanding, well-travelled, Italian reporter tell us about the state of democracy today?

Slow translation and the revival of the Catalan language

Today in Catalonia young people grow up bilingual. It also occurs in other parts of Europe. But here a small miracle has taken place; a tradition and a culture that were in danger of being lost have been recovered.

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