The ‘Ndrangheta Explained

April 20, 2021

The 'Ndrangheta, Italy's most powerful criminal organization, has been in the news lately. But what does the 'Ndrangheta do?

Italy Evicts Steve Bannon’s Gladiators

October 15, 2019

Poor Steve Bannon. He has tried very hard, but the Cosmos seems to have lost patience with his European project. After leaving Donald Trump’s White House, he engaged in a valiant educational effort to impose his unique version of reality on the Western world so that, in turn, the West can...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Party” in the West

April 30, 2018

The most disturbing thing about the agony of political parties is that Western democracies have no other viable model to work with. Keeping track of politics in Italy has always challenged the talents of even the most seasoned pundit. Business Insider sums up the current situation: “Italy's...

Italy’s Election Is All About Immigrants, and It’s Getting Ugly

February 28, 2018

Immigrants don't have one bit to do with Italy's ailing economy — in fact, they're key to reviving it. Italian elections are always complex affairs, but the upcoming March 4 vote is one of the most bewildering in several decades: the right is resurgent, the left embattled, and the issue...

The Long-Term Threat to Europe Isn’t Le Pen

June 23, 2017

If Europe's economic situation fails to improve, the far right will be waiting to pounce again with their easy answers: nationalism and racism. The good news out of Europe is that Marine Le Pen’s neo-Nazi National Front took a beating in the May 7 French presidential election. The bad news is...

Understanding the Sardinian Question

March 15, 2017

Stefano Arroque looks at the past and present of a powerful movement plagued by internal division. The last decade has seen an upsurge in European nationalist movements. This is not without reason. Whether they are boosted by the economy, opposition to immigration or simply by identity issues...

What Italy’s Referendum Means for Europe

December 13, 2016

In the wake of rising right-wing populism in Europe, Italians voted against big government and reforms. The fallout could ripple across the continent. Italy’s economy plunged into fresh uncertainty after voters, on December 4, rejected a pro-reforms platform pushed by Prime Minister Matteo...

The World This Week: Italian Referendum Puts Banks and Brussels in Focus

December 11, 2016

Italians voted against constitutional reforms to protect their imperfect democracy. They now have to deal with a banking crisis that threatens the EU itself. This week, Alexander Van der Bellen, former head of the Greens, beat Norbert Hofer of the far right in the Austrian presidential...