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By land and by sea: Salvini’s war on immigration
, October 5, 2018

Salvini’s war against immigration is being waged by land and by sea. It is a war against a section of society that makes up over eight per cent of the country’s population.

A change for the worse
, July 5, 2018

Italy is a beautiful country, but very strange indeed. And Italian politics is no exception. After the elections on 4 March this year, it took three months before a new government was sworn in. It has now been a month since the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, vowed on the Constitution at the Quirinale Palace.

Catholic anti-liberalism and Italy’s new populist government
, June 11, 2018

Italy’s new populist government has attracted interest in the USA, and in particular in the small, but active American Catholic anti-liberal and neo-traditionalist minority. There is a perceptible fascination with the new League-Five Star populist government

Italy’s crisis viewed from the year 1992
, June 6, 2018

This crisis has many causes, proximate and deeper. I should like to suggest one perspective from which to examine them, that of Italy’s approach to European political and economic integration. For the events of the past week revolved around euro-zone membership, in more than one way. 

After Berlusconi’s failure to establish an illiberal democratic state and Renzi’s defeated attempt to reboot liberal democracy, Italy is in political limbo
The problem with Italy is not populism
, June 1, 2018

Ask most analysts and pundits about what the current problem with Italy is and you will likely get a one-word answer: Populism.

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