New Eurogroup President Mário Centeno gestures as he addresses a press conference at the European Council in Brussels on Dec. 4. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Portugal Has Emerged as Europe’s Booming Anti-Germany

Lisbon got its economy back on track by ditching austerity, and now Berlin is eating crow.

LAMPEDUSA, ITALY - MAY 19: A man is helped off a small rubber boat by crew members from NGO Sea-Eye on May 19, 2017 in international waters off the coast of Libya.  (Photo by Christian Marquardt/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Savior’s Dilemma

Are naval search-and-rescue operations saving migrants’ lives — or just encouraging them to take greater risks?

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on September 22, 2017, in Florence, as she delivers speech aimed at unlocking Brexit talks.
May seeked to unlock Brexit talks on September 22 with a major speech in Florence, after Brussels demanded more clarity on the crunch issues of budget payments and EU citizens' rights. A fourth round of negotiations with the European Commission is due to start next week, with London keen to make progress on the terms of the divorce so that talks can move on to trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALESSANDRA TARANTINO        (Photo credit should read ALESSANDRA TARANTINO/AFP/Getty Images)

Nobody Is Buying What Theresa May Is Selling

The British prime minister’s big Brexit speech was a big flop.

on November 17, 2011 in Naples, Italy. Naples is famed for it's narrows streets, pizza and Unesco protected buildings and Mount Vesuvius.

Meet the Squatters of Mount Vesuvius

Some 700,000 people are living illegally on the slopes of Italy's most famous active volcano, and nobody has any idea what to do with them.

LAMPEDUSA, ITALY - MAY 24:  Refugees and migrants are seen swimming and yelling for assistance from crew members from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) 'Phoenix' vessel after a wooden boat bound for Italy carrying more than 500 people capsized on May 24, 2017 off Lampedusa, Italy. Numbers of refugees and migrants attempting the dangerous central Mediterranean crossing from Libya to Italy has risen since the same time last year with more than 43,000 people recorded so far in 2017. In an attempt to slow the flow of migrants Italy recently signed a deal with Libya, Chad and Niger outlining a plan to increase border controls and add new reception centers in the African nations, which are key transit points for migrants heading to Italy. MOAS is a Malta based NGO dedicated to providing professional search-and-rescue assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea. Since the start of the year MOAS have rescued and assisted 3572 people and are currently patrolling and running rescue operations in international waters off the coast of Libya.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Trump Advisor Stephen Miller Blocked G-7 Migration Proposal

The author of the ‘Muslim Ban’ is now working to scuttle plans to settle refugees.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni speaks to the Italian media at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, April 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Could Italy Get Trump to Care About Fixing Libya?

Paolo Gentiloni's visit to Washington provides an opportunity for Donald Trump to heed an ally's advice.

<> at Palazzo Chigi on October 9, 2013 in Rome, Italy.

Europe Has a New Defender in Italy

Italy’s foreign minister launched a new pro-European Union party over the weekend.

Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi (C) gestures as she leaves the city hall on the Campidoglio Square (Piazza Campidoglio) in central Rome on December 20, 2016.
Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi has been stripped by her populist Five Star Movement (M5S) party of the power to make "important decisions" after a close advisor was arrested for suspected corruption. M5S prides itself on being scrupulously ethical and having no links to what it sees as the sleazy ways of Italian politics, so the scandal has prompted a swift response. The arrest on December 16 of Raffaele Marra, Rome city hall's head of personnel and seen as part of Raggi's inner circle, prompted a serious warning from Grillo. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Italy’s Outsiders Govern Like Insiders? A Tale of Two Five Star Mayors

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement is rising in the polls, but their track record in government is spotty

Libyan troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar, a retired general and former chief of staff for Moamer Kadhafi, sit on an amoured personnel carrier (APC) during a demonstration calling on the international community to arm the Libyan army on August 14, 2015 in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. The Tobruk-based government (recognised by the international community) said in a statement that world powers were using "double standards" by fighting IS in Syria and Iraq and "turning a blind eye" to the presence of the jihadists in Libya.   AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA        (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy’s Last-Ditch Effort to Stabilize Libya

Rome is trying to shape the future of its onetime colony, but may get elbowed aside by local strongmen and their foreign partners.

The leader of the Five Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, delivers a speech during a campaign meeting  upon a referendum on constitutional reforms, on December 2, 2016 in Piazza San Carlo in Turin. Beppe Grillo, leader of the populist Five Star Movement calls his supporters to vote NO at the referendum on constitution which be held on December 4, 2016. / AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO        (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Italy’s Five Star Movement Going Legit?

Why Italy’s anti-establishment movement dumped Nigel Farage for pro-EU allies.


Berlin Attacker’s Past Spurs New Questions on Old Controversies in Europe

Meanwhile, the death toll for refugees trying to make it to Europe has hit 5,000.


Italian Parliament Approves Bank Bailout. Now What?

Will Italy's bank bailout help or hurt the Italian people?


Italy Gets a New Government, and Jail Time for People Smuggler

It's one thing to bash migrants. It's another to govern when they arrive in unprecedented numbers on your shores.

ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 05:  Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi give a speech after the results of the referendum on constitutional reforms at Palazzo Chigi on December 5, 2016 in Rome, Italy. The result of the government referendum that could change the constitution is considered crucial for the political future of Italy and for the personal future of its Prime Minister.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

The Resignation of Renzi, the Fall of Rome

Italians have voted down the grand changes Matteo Renzi envisioned, but can they live with no jobs, no growth, and no reforms?

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