Silvio Berlusconi

Despite the beauty of Southern Italy, a book studying the Camorra shows it is a place of contradictions

Far from being democratically sound, grand coalitions foster short-termism and reinforce more extreme parties’ power of veto.

The over-generous Italian welfare state means that for all the belt-tightening, most people in the country still enjoy la dolce vita

The euro would never have got off the ground if it had been put to national referendums, nor would the bailouts or austerity plans

Book review of The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples by David Gilmour

Robert Saviano has a poignant article in today’s Times  about the persecution of Italian journalists, which ties in with Maria Delius’s piece in this month’s Standpoint.

‘Italy is a microcosm of Europe: if democracy and the rule of law die there, the writing is on the wall for the rest of us’

‘Italy’s real problem isn’t Berlusconi’s private affairs. Rather, the problem is the culture he now represents. ’

The public and government mood towards immigrants, whether legal or illegal, is increasingly ugly