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Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The stories fascist Europe tells itself, and how to correct them

What can the UK learn from those fighting the far right across Europe? Take history seriously

Matteo Salvini – Italy’s salvation?

Is it entirely unreasonable to expect that Italy's populists in power, though unavoidable, will end up like many governments before them – mugged by harsh reality?

A message to progressives delivered in Rome: ground zero of the European crisis

DiEM25 will contest the European elections in Italy, with a European programme offering a coherent alternative to the implicit but destructive alliance between the oligarchic establishment and Salvini’s nationalism.

Social media: unchecked foreign facts confuse the most respected Italian journos

How can you explain the fact that respected Italian reporters believe it was basically The Guardian who provoked Brexit? Was Brexit just lost in translation?

Matteo Salvini, renaturalizing the racial and sexual boundaries of democracy

In Italy, Salvini has set out to expand the independentist and regionalist dimension that formerly characterized his party, turning it into a xenophobic force with a national calling.

These women are demanding their rights from inside Rome’s occupied buildings

Precarious labour and housing conditions have pushed many to squat Rome’s empty buildings, living in fear of eviction and homelessness.

Will Salvini copy Orbán in the fight against NGOs?

Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini, admirer of Orbán, has harshly criticized NGOs whose ships save migrants from the Mediterranean sea. Will Italy follow the Hungarian path to illiberal democracy?

The obsessive use of English in Italian politics and media

The words some of these media folks pick are not even remotely funny.

Una historia de neófitos italianos y de constructores españoles

Lo que sucede en estos dos países es importante y merece mucha más atención que la que se le presta habitualmente. Es hora de reevaluar las fuerzas que están en juego en Europa. English

A story of Italian neophytes and Spanish constructors

What happens in these two countries matters and deserves much more attention. It is also time to re-assess the forces at play in Europe and claim a more equal union.

Italy’s new government is bad news for women and minorities

There will be hard times ahead in Italy, unless you are a heterosexual, cisgendered, white man. The new families minister opposes abortion, immigration and LGBTI rights.

Sustainability and political opportunity: the invisible common ground in the Italian problem

The problems of migration, unemployment and economic stagnation should be treated together as part of a single problem, which can only be usefully framed in terms of sustainability.

Salvini and the racist immigration policy of Italy’s new government is giving a green light to racial violence

Soumaila Sacko was a USB trade union activist. His union had helped represent thousands of migrants working in agriculture in southern Italy.  

Ushering in a new school of principled politics

“The reason we formed DiEM25 was the diagnosis that old wine in new bottles will not help revive the spirits of progressives in Italy or in the rest of Europe.” Interview.

The dominoes are falling: could "Quitaly" prove one too many for the EU?

Italy's head of state, while predominantly a governor-general figure rather than a president in the American sense, is willing to have a go at riding the populists out.

Harakiri, Italian style

"Mattarella’s decision is bad for Italy, Germany, and Europe. The only political force which is likely to profit is the Northern League."

Let all stories be told, from A to Z

The job of those talking to everyone – all professional media, print online radio and television – is to let everyone talk.

Academic freedom under threat: a workshop on LGBT Asylum is censored at the University of Verona

Under political pressure, the president of the University of Verona has suspended a day-long workshop on “themes that are politically and ethically controversial such as migration and sexual orientation”…

Lib-pop politics: Italy’s new government is more neoliberal than populist

The fear is that populism, Italian style, has achieved power. But neoliberal policies rule more than ever, tinged with populism, opening the way to Lega’s far-right, racist (and neoliberal) politics. 

Why the election of the Nigerian-born Senator Tony Iwobi is not a symptom of progress in Italy

Senator Iwobi represents the late attempt by an Italian far-right party to show the world that it does not discriminate on the basis of the geographical origin of an individual.

What is the meaning of the Five Star Movement?

Although it took different paths, what happened in Italy is similar to what has happened in France: both countries saw their traditional main parties from the left and the right implode.

The ‘Europeanization’ of schooling: what is a European education?

In an ambitious future, education as a common good means an education enjoyed by the whole community, built by citizens culturally capable of influencing, acting and imagining alternatives.

Gassing and selective applications of a ‘Red Line’: lest we forget

The gassing of people is considered exceptionally inhumane, officially a categorical “red line” dividing good from evil. This belief now threatens to trigger an escalation with unpredictable consequences.

The rising precariat and left-transformation: an examination of the Five Star Movement and Corbyn’s Labour Party

Corbyn’s Labour like the Five Star Movement has adopted a policy agenda based on political and social justice.

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.

At the roots of the nationalism of the rich

If we take the cases of Catalonia, Flanders and northern Italy, the formation of the nationalism of the rich generally coincided with periods of prolonged fiscal strain.

Fear, loathing and poverty: Italy after the 2018 elections

Twenty years of stagnation and decline mean a generation with ever-lower expectations in terms of income, work and life. Impoverishment has become a reality for a very large swathe of Italians.

Was Machiavelli a democrat? Is he relevant today?

However you read The Prince, it is a reminder that the elementary condition of good government is effective government.

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Elecciones de Italia: el Movimiento 5 Estrellas y la transformación hegeliana

Para los italianos, la primera opción es pensar que pueden soltar amarras y regresar a un mítico pasado, anterior a una globalización en la que su país ha perdido. English

The 2018 Italian election campaign viewed from Twitter

We have followed 1,579 candidates and tracked their Twitter conversations for two weeks now. Also, we collected 400,000 citizens’ retweets and replies to candidates’ tweets.

Italy's election, M5S and the case for Hegelian transformation

The first option for Italians is believing they can draw their bridge up and return to some mythological past which preceded the globalization game that the country has lost out in.

Same-sex marriage has become a political football in Italy's elections

The so-called centre-right coalition is talking tough against Italy’s LGBTQI and immigrant communities, attacking basic rights in the name of defending the “traditional family.”

The origins of abstentionism in the history of the Italian Republic

Ahead of the Italian elections, the historian of contemporary Europe reflects on the long processes leading more and more Italian voters to abandon political participation.

Want to get a feel of where Italy is heading? Look at the Five Star Movement

Luigi Di Maio’s appointment as the party’s PM candidate, stating he would seek other forces’ support in the absence of a clear governing majority, marks an important step change.

Xenofobia y populismo: armas electorales en Italia

El discurso del odio hacia el inmigrante está protagonizando la campaña. Pero las iniciativas dedicadas a la contrainformación también siguen en pie de guerra. English

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