The latest electoral contest in Sicily has been widely considered in Italy as a resounding defeat for the Democratic Party, a success for the centre-right forces and, after all, a good result for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which, anyway, did not succeed in winning its first regional election. If we look at some numbers… Read More »
In the current year, many have feared (or hoped for) the rise of anti-EU, anti-establishment or simply radical parties or candidates (which, more than occasionally, turned out to be radical right parties) in countries such as France or the Netherlands. According to some commentators, this would have led, in the long run, to the disgregation… Read More »
Yesterday EUROPP, the London School of Economics blog on European politics and policy, has published my opinion about the next Italian referendum. I tried to explain why criticism is exaggerated and the reasons for which, instead, the proposed reform should be backed.
A couple of days ago I have finished watching the third season of Black Mirror on Netflix. I must say that it was pretty good, but, perhaps not as good (and, sometimes, frightening) as the previous seasons. However, as I already experienced with the episodes produced by Channel 4, I sometimes got the sense that what… Read More »
One of three original copies, now in the custody of Historical Archives of the President of the Republic (source of the picture: Wikipedia) One of the things which may mark the success or the (at least partial) failure of Matteo Renzi’s cabinet is the constitutional bill which is going to be debated by Italian senators… Read More »
A few days ago I wrote on Yanis Varoufakis’ take on the disciplinarian view according to which the European Union should be based on shared rules before and rather than common institutions. There is a different view, however, which is starting to emerge within the left – at least in the left opposing Italy’s Democratic… Read More »
Sign displayed before the 2014 EU elections The results of the latest general elections held in the United Kingdom seem to confirm – in my opinion – a sort of trend which has been occurring in the largest European countries over the last two years: once the liberals get into government, they are eventually wiped out. In… Read More »