Italy has a recent history which tends to make it resistant to the very concept of “stability”, and the idea of a politically stable apparatus. This inevitably raises the spectre of a possible authoritarian drift.
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.
El objetivo principal de Podemos es aglutinar una amplia
mayoría, lo que en la práctica significa poner en pie un partido de clases
medias que deje atrás el eje Derecha/Izquierda y ocupe la centralidad política. English.
goal of Podemos is to marshal an ample majority, which means in practice to build
a middle-class party, and to give up the traditional Left/Right axis for a
position of centrality. Español.
The Italian Senate passed the Jobs Act earlier this month with much opposition from unions. But will the reform of the labour market have any effect, or do the problems with Italy's economy lie elsewhere?
Last week the Italian precariat took a step beyond primitive
rebellion and began to constitute itself as a politics. As its arguments take
shape those involved must work to engage with communities outside of
the activist world.
The arrival of the migrants created
conflict between Italy and France – with both Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi
facing an election year – and quickly escalated into threatening the Schengen
In 1983, I was first elected to the South Tyrolean Parliament. Since then I have continued to fight for the self-determination of the South Tyrolean people, as our movement goes from strength to strength.
In the current debate on immigration in Europe, confusion and populist bias came to the fore once again during the latest elections to the European Parliament. This is especially true of Italy, whose long coastline witnessed an increased number of arrivals in the first half of 2014.
The ideas of the Five Star Movement are best understood through their commitment to anti-representive democracy - a radical stance against traditional structures and institutions of representative democracy.
This is a crucial
opportunity for Italy to make its mark and counter the dogma of austerity as
much as the division between so-called core countries and peripheral countries.
It is an opportunity for proposing alternatives and a path of growth.
The Five Star Movement owes much of its success to Beppe Grillo's ahistorical populism. This tactic, though, is unsustainable. As anarchist and fascist groups re-stage old conflicts the movement must situate itself more explicitly or face an imminent split.
The oft-divided Italian radical left has united behind the star of the Greek left, Alexis
Tsipras, in the European elections. Will this be enough to
avoid yet another electoral failure? Euro elections landscape, 2014.