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?

The Italian Job: Can Mario Draghi Master It?

February 19, 2021

A political crisis was the last thing Italy needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet a personal conflict between the leader of Italia Viva, Matteo Renzi, and the previous prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, led to the collapse of the coalition in mid-January. President Sergio Mattarella then...

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...

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Italy Must Leave the Eurozone

May 20, 2019

Italy joined the eurozone in 1999 under the leadership of Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema of the Democratic Left party. This fateful participation, which entailed the complete loss of independent monetary policy, is undoubtedly the main cause of the disappointing performance of the Italian...

The Security and Geopolitical Dimensions of Italy-GCC Relations

November 16, 2016

Italy is likely to play an increasingly important role in the Gulf Cooperation Council’s long-term strategic planning. Within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Italy has one key partner—the United Arab Emirates (UAE); two economic partners—Kuwait and Qatar; and three third-party...

Strengthening Business Ties Between Italy and Africa

September 23, 2016

In the last of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy’s relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa. Read part 1 and part 2.  Closer Italy-Africa relations can pave the way for mutually advantageous business deal-making and investments....

Italy’s Investment in Africa is Not a Passing Fancy

September 20, 2016

In the second of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy’s relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa. Read part 1 here. Italy’s postcolonial relations with the Horn of Africa can be summed up as undulant: occasionally on the rise, propelled...

Italy’s History in Africa is a Messy Affair

September 16, 2016

In the first of a three-part series, Fasil Amdetsion looks at the evolution of Italy's relationship with its former colonies in the Horn of Africa. Earlier this year, Italy hosted the first ever Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference in Rome. Held at the cavernous travertine-laden Farnesina...

Italy is Europe’s Next Big Challenge

August 09, 2016

With Brexit in the air, Italy’s referendum on constitutional reforms has got Europe on the edge of its seat. Now that the United Kingdom has decided to leave, the next big problem facing the European Union (EU) is a constitutional reform referendum in Italy. In April, the Italian parliament...

The World This Week: Italy-EC Deal Puts Taxpayers at Risk

January 31, 2016

Italy’s new deal with the European Commission evokes ghosts of the past and raises big questions about the future of the eurozone. Italian banks are in trouble. In the recent market turmoil, share prices of Italian banks have dropped dramatically. As per the Financial Times, Italian banks...

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