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Disabilities attacks in Italy….Stay tuned

By Laura Coccia / 24 January, 2019

Maybe we cannot yet speak of an emergency, but the attacks that some members of the new Italian populist government have reserved for disability cannot fail to cause concern.   Let’s start from the beginning. The decision to propose for the first time a Ministry of the Family and Disability...

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Matteo Salvini, the anti-immigration storyteller of Italian politics

By Eleonora Poli / 28 October, 2018

The anti-immigration narrative is granting him even more influence. Since the results of the national election, the Lega has reached around 30% of popular support, overtaking the Five Star Movement.   As incredible as it might sound, since the March 2018 national elections, Salvini, the Secretary of the Lega and...

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The Tomato Conundrum

By Roberto Forin / 27 October, 2018

Italy’s tomato industry has been accused of pushing migrants into ‘conditions of absolute exploitation’. But it also creates the very conditions that make migrants leave their countries in the first place, such as from Sub-Saharan Africa.   Italy is the first producer of tomatoes in Europe and the third producer...

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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...

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