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Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

6 July 2015 14:59

Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between…


Greece may soon face a humanitarian crisis of its own

21 June 2015 15:39

Normally, the phrase ‘continent in crisis’ is hyperbole. But it seems appropriate today as we contemplate the situation Europe, and…

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The bleak calculation made by the passengers on the Ezadeen

3 January 2015 10:51

Well, thank God they made it. The Ezadeen, formerly a livestock carrier and now adapted for its human cargo of…

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Should we revive the Colosseum?

10 November 2014 12:04

It occurs to me that Italy isn’t the best place to live if you’re an architect. Take a walk at…

A group of Alpine Infantry soldiers camped at the foot of Mount Vilau in the Italian Alps during World War I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: The consequences of neutrality

9 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: IT would be a base act to try to bribe or to threaten a…

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Think Britain’s tabloid journalists are bad? Try Italy’s tabloid judges

19 July 2014 14:06

There is a small light at the end of the tunnel but it comes too late, I fear, to save…

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World Cup diary: Italy were poor but England were worse

15 June 2014 10:22

Another fairly unpleasant evening spent watching England playing football. Ah well. It used to be that England were renowned for…

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The minimum wage is broken – here’s how to fix it

2 April 2014 14:34

While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have…

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Venetian secessionists deserve to be punished!

23 March 2014 14:59

How should the western powers react when part of a friendly nation holds an illegal referendum and votes to secede…

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The EU is corrupt because southern Europe is corrupt

6 December 2013 14:47

What with Britain’s dreadful performance in the PISA educational rankings, there has been comparatively little attention given to another international…

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The Lampedusa hypocrisy: Italy prefers its migrants dead on arrival

10 October 2013 12:53

Italy has held a day of national mourning in memory of those who died in the 3 October disaster off Lampedusa.…

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Papal Conclave: would a result today mean Angelo Scola is Pope?

13 March 2013 14:30

White smoke from the Vatican this afternoon may signal that the new Pope is Cardinal Angelo Scola. But the longer…

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Why I love Beppe Grillo

28 February 2013 12:54

‘Crazy Italians!’ you might think.  Offered the choice between Bunga Bunga Berlusconi, an ex-Communist and a Brussels stooge, one in…

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Italian elections: ‘The worst possible outcome’

26 February 2013 15:16

Forget Moody’s. If you want to see market panic, just look at Italy. As Isabel reported this morning, the unexpectedly…

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Weary Italian voters can teach UK politicians lessons

26 February 2013 9:32

Italian voters are clearly cheesed off: with the Establishment, and with the country’s austerity programme. The explosion onto the scene…

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Italian elections: anti-politics on amphetamines

24 February 2013 19:37

Rome Italians go to the polls today, and Beppe Grillo still seems to be the name on everybody’s lips. Grillo…

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti leaves in a car the Quirinale Presidential palace after handing in his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano. Picture: Getty

Mario Monti resigns

21 December 2012 19:24

Following the passing of his budget, Mario Monti has quit as Italian Prime Minister. At the moment, it remains unclear…

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I need your help

1 December 2012 15:48

I am in southern Italy and there has been thunder and lightning pretty much continuously since Tuesday. I am quite…


Raphael’s paintbrush

12 July 2012 10:00

One of the puns that circulated the cultured elite of Italy during the Renaissance compared the potency of an artist’s…

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Europe’s illusory deal

29 June 2012 19:45

After Merkel’s decision to allow Eurozone funds to be used to bail out Spanish and Italian banks, the press tomorrow…

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Of technocrats and democrats

27 June 2012 9:15

A former European leader was a guest at a private dinner in London recently. It was a polite and reverential…


Bondholders are sheep — and they’re flocking out of the euro pen

21 May 2012 18:11

Sweden’s Anders Borg (Fraser’s favourite finance minister) is wrong, says Citigroup. Bondholders and deposit holders are not like wolves, as…


May Day, May Day

2 May 2012 14:18

There was a sense of urgency, even emergency, in many countries on May 1 this year. The goings-on in the…


Making a call on Qatada

9 February 2012 13:33

The Prime Minister, we are told, has been trying to reach the King of Jordan to see if some kind…


How democracy fared in 2011

31 December 2011 10:59

Even before we were a month in, 2011 was an historic year. Principally because in a region of the world…