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About Piero Tortola

Piero Tortola is the director of EuVisions, an observatory and data collection project on social Europe affiliated with the University of MIlan and the Centro Einaudi of Turin, Italy. Find him on twitter @pierotortola

Articles by Piero Tortola

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Renzi vs Juncker: a social media analysis

If Matteo Renzi hoped to gain support among Italian eurosceptics in his quarrel with Jean-Claude Juncker, the reaction on Twitter says he was not so successful.

In defence of electing the European Commission president

In May, for the first time ever, European citizens will have a chance to (indirectly) elect the next president of the European Commission. Apparently unimpressive, this small change might go a long way towards bridging the EU's democratic deficit.

The chaos theory of Italian politics

With four months to go before the European elections, making predictions on their results would be a tall order anywhere. More so in Italy—a country where politics often defy any notion of linearity. Euro elections landscape, 2014.

A different kind of populism

Does Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement belong to the political family that ranges from the French National Front to Golden Dawn, or has it invented its very own kind of populism?

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