Italy

A commuter trades plastic bottles to be recycled for transit credit.

Italy’s Economic Recovery Plan Needs to Think Local

Already a circular economy leader in technology, Italy must involve communities if its “green recovery” is to succeed.

An illustration combining images of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi.

Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi Have One Last Job

The U.S. treasury secretary and the Italian prime minister have spent decades shaping this economy. But can they control what comes next?

Roberto Burioni photographed in Perugia, Italy, on April 9, 2017.

Italy’s Dr. Fauci Talks Like Trump—but Is It Working?

Roberto Burioni fuses science with vulgar rhetoric to combat anti-vaxxers.

Sen. Vito Crimi speaks at Quirinal Palace.

Has Italy’s Five Star Movement Given Up on Populism?

The anti-establishment bad boys of years past are changing their stripes—maybe.

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Street vendors, market traders, and self-employed workers from across Italy protest to push for relief from the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Rome on Feb. 11.

Italians Take Aim at the Bureaucratic Bourgeoisie

Largely protected from furloughs and layoffs, public employees in Italy have become the scapegoat for an economic crisis that politicians must address.

Mario Draghi arrives to give a speech after a meeting with the Italian president, at the Quirinal palace in Rome, on Feb. 3, 2021.

Italy’s Politics of Purgatory Won’t End Well

Mario Draghi’s arrival as prime minister will only make his country’s political problems even worse.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (right), Justice Minister Alfonso Bonafede (left), and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio talk during a debate prior to a confidence vote in Conte's government in the Senate at Palazzo Madama in Rome on Jan. 19.

Italy Dives Headfirst Into Political Crisis During Pandemic

Conte’s ruling coalition is out—but that may not be the end for the prime minister.

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A view shows a private beach as a cargo and a container ship sail across the horizon at Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 7, 2020.

Italy’s Mediterranean Belt and Road

Taking a page from Beijing, Rome is positioning itself as the center of trade, energy, and transportation in Southern Europe and beyond.

A municipal police officer wearing a face mask controls pedestrian traffic on Via dei Condotti in downtown Rome on Nov. 14. The Italian government imposed tighter restrictions on another five regions on Nov. 10.

Italy’s Economy Is Under Pressure as Pandemic Continues

The government is walking on a tightrope as the coronavirus crisis grinds on.

A fisherman mends his nets on a fishing boat in Trapani harbor in Sicily on Sept. 7, 2017.

The Mediterranean Red Prawn War Signals Italy’s Lost Leverage in Libya

Italian fishermen are being kidnapped off the coast of Libya—and Rome is too caught up in EU migration politics to help.

The Wall of Dolls, a memorial to the victims of femicide in Italy

The Victims Femicide Leaves Behind

Italy is one of the only countries with a law to provide for those orphaned by femicide—and it could serve as a model for the rest of Europe.

Members of the Proud Boys and other similar groups gathered for a rally at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 26.

America Is About to Enter Its Years of Lead

Trump’s calls for political violence are a familiar far-right strategy.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron speak after the closing press conference of the seventh Med7 Mediterranean countries summit in Corsica on Sept. 10.

Turkish Military Maneuvering Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?

Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome’s Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara’s final estrangement from Europe.

A man walks past a large billboard showing a woman wearing Italy’s national flag as a face mask and the headline “All together, without fear,” in Naples, Italy, on March 22.

How Italy Snatched Health From the Jaws of Death

Those who used to scoff at its mismanagement should take note of Rome’s strategy for defeating COVID-19.

Protestor holds a Black Lives Matter sign in Italy

As Europe Reckons With Racism, Italy Still Won’t Confront Its Colonial Past

Italian forces used chemical weapons and committed war crimes in Africa—but the country’s sordid history is not taught in schools and is rarely discussed by politicians or intellectuals.

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