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The illusion of a growth and jobs strategy and its consequences

By Claudio De Vincenti / 13 June, 2018

The programme of the new 5S-League government presents no strategy for growth and jobs but only the illusion that general tax breaks and subsidies to families would produce growth per se and not a deficit. Instead Italy needs a strategy for growth based on industrial policies and investments in infrastructure...

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Italy: a “government of change” to step aside from its international role?

By Nicoletta Pirozzi / 13 June, 2018

Italy’s foreign policy has been traditionally characterized by a high degree of continuity based on three main pillars: the European choice, the transatlantic partnership and the focus on the areas of the Mediterranean and the Middle East. This continuity has resisted the high volatility of the Italian politics and the...

Possible scenarios for Italy and Europe

By Nerio Cavallo / 13 March, 2018

More than an earthquake, the Italian parliamentary election on March 4 triggered a slow motion landslide. The Five Star Movement and the League won the day, with an impressive demonstration of strength, respectively in the South and in the North of the country. It remains to be seen, however, what...

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Chronicle of a death foretold

By Mauro Calise / 13 March, 2018

The Italian political deadlock comes as no surprise. With a tripolar party system and a non-majoritarian electoral law, the ballot has reproduced a highly fragmented – and divisive – situation. With the leadership factor as both an obstacle and an ultimate solution.   The results of the Italian national elections...

Why Italian Election Matter: a Populist Shock

By Paolo Guerrieri / 9 March, 2018

The large victory of the populist 5 Star Movement and rightwing nationalist Lega in the March 4 Italian elections is a watershed event in Italian politics, highlighting the extent of the social discontent presents today in this country. It paves the way for a government that is so difficult to...

Two winners and many losers – Postcards from the Italian elections

By Marco Almagisti / 9 March, 2018

We will probably remember the Italian 2018 general election for the presence of “two winners”. In fact, the centre-right coalition got the most votes (37%) by combining the results for Lega (17.4%), Forza Italia (14%), Fratelli d’Italia (4.3) and Noi con Italia (1.3), but the top single party is the...

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