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Silvio Berlusconi smiles as he waves before a flag.
Silvio Berlusconi smiles as he waves before a flag.

Berlusconi Rises From the Ashes

The former Italian prime minister has been reinvented as an unlikely moderating force.

Mario Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt.
Mario Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt.

Mario Draghi Doesn’t Have ‘Whatever It Takes’ Anymore

Whether as Italy’s prime minister or its president, he may not have the solution to Italy’s problems.

Ones and Tooze Override Photo
Ones and Tooze Override Photo

The Ones and Tooze Podcast: How Inflation Works

Why prices are rising more quickly than at any time since 1982.

People protest France’s vaccination law.
People protest France’s vaccination law.

For Europe’s Far-Right, Vaccine Skepticism Is a Trap

Playing to the anti-vaccine base hasn’t led to electoral gains—yet.

Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against vaccine passes in central Rome.
Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against vaccine passes in central Rome.

Italy’s Anti-Vaccination Movement Is Militant and Dangerous

An online campaign led to the storming of Italy’s parliament.

CasaPound members hold torches.
CasaPound members hold torches.

Mussolini’s Heirs Equate World War II Killings of Italians With the Holocaust

By comparing the foibe killings with Nazi genocide, the Italian right is whitewashing the country’s past.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses his Senate.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi addresses his Senate.

Mario Draghi Has Unblocked Italy’s Courts but Italian Democracy Is Still Logjammed

It took a technocrat to end years of bickering over badly needed judicial reforms, but it won’t help restore Italian faith in government.

Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron speak during an EU summit.
Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron speak during an EU summit.

Europe Is Fighting Over Its Fiscal Future

France and Italy want to fend off the frugals and make COVID-19-era budget flexibility a feature, not a bug.

Stefano Bonaccini, the president of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and a member of Italy’s Democratic Party, addresses a press conference in Bologna on Jan. 27, 2020.
Stefano Bonaccini, the president of the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna and a member of Italy’s Democratic Party, addresses a press conference in Bologna on Jan. 27, 2020.

Italy’s Largest Left-Wing Party Is Waging War on the Poor

The Democratic Party cares more about fighting populists than ending inequality. Its new brand of Reaganomics will lead to yet another electoral defeat.

Head of the League party Matteo Salvini (right), head of the Brothers of Italy party Giorgia Meloni (center), and co-founder of the Forza Italia party Antonio Tajani
Head of the League party Matteo Salvini (right), head of the Brothers of Italy party Giorgia Meloni (center), and co-founder of the Forza Italia party Antonio Tajani

Italy’s Far-Right Is on the Rise

Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy is displacing Matteo Salvini’s League and making a play for power in Italy.

Then-Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping
Then-Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Italy Has Learned a Tough Lesson on China

Old Western alliances are back on the table after a 2019 deal failed.

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

Members of the National Guard stand watch at the U.S. Capitol
Members of the National Guard stand watch at the U.S. Capitol

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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.
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.
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.
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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