Five Star Movement

FT Health: Evidence must trump belief

The US president’s announcement that he would address the March for Life anti-abortion rally on Friday was not only a renunciation of his past …

Medical Journals

The Italian Risk For Global Markets

A high-level discussion of Italy’s special kind of instability-stability.<p>The most likely outcomes of the March elections and the potential market …

Business

Political cheat sheet: Understanding Italy's Northern League

In the next of our series of articles introducing you to Italy's major political parties, we take a look at the origins, ideology, and key players of …

Italy

EU concerned by Italy's election campaign after politician's claim that migrants threaten 'the white race'

European leaders have expressed concerns over the outcome of Italy’s election and condemned a senior politician who warned that the “white race” was at risk from uncontrolled immigration.<p>Brussels is concerned about the increasingly xenophobic tone of the campaign for the March 4 general election, …

Italy

European leaders, facing growing public unease, toughen up on immigration

slideshow<p>Thousands of migrants packed into Greek island<p>As the E.U. struggles to find a solution to waves of migrants coming into the continent from the Middle East and Africa, migrants are being held in limbo on a Greek island.<p>As politicians in America and across the globe lined up last week up to …

Refugees

ECB And The Euro

Eurozone politics is still in flux.<p>While growth is robust, price pressures are muted.<p>ECB meets next week and the forward guidance may not change much.<p>…

Economy

Russia targets EU in information war

The Iron Curtain has been lifted but the Cold War carries on, with social media and internet platforms now weaponized in its service.<p>Russian president Vladimir Putin seems bent on exploiting the weaknesses in the political and media landscapes of European democracies.<p>Putin denies it but the trail …

Russia

Putin Can Find Love in Italy, But No Help

Major Italian political forces appear to be strongly pro-Kremlin, but that's unlikely to mean the end of Russia sanctions in Europe.<p>After a disappointing French presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to get closer to what he wants in Italy. After the March election, it is …

Russia

Warnings Are More Valuable to Investors Than Good Ideas

General Electric, Spain and Italy all pose big risks for bondholders.<p>I have learned a number of things during my long tenure on Wall Street. One is that the velocity of losses is much greater than the velocity of gains. Profits are generally eked out and losses are generally potholes that can …

Business

Italy election: 'White race' remark sparks row

<b>Italy doesn't count its population by colour. But it would be fair to say that the country is overwhelmingly white: the National Institute for Statistics reports that more than 92% of the country is ethnic Italian, which is often interpreted in practical terms as white.</b><p>It would be hard to find any …

Italy

Italian populists' promise to scrap vaccinations sparks outrage after deadly measles outbreak

Deadly measles outbreak killed four and infected 5,000 in Italy last year.<p>Party leaders say vaccinations should be recommended, but not …

Public Health

EU leaders say UK can reverse Brexit decision if it wants to

Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker say door to EU remains open if Britain changes its mind on Brexit<p>The door remains open to the European Union if the UK wants to change its mind on Brexit, the most senior leaders of the EU institutions have said.<p>In a speech to MEPs, Donald Tusk, the head of the …

Brexit

After Trump and Brexit, Italy Falls for Nostalgia

Don't blame only the politicians. Italian voters are also fed up with "reform."<p>Italy's politicians often stand accused of lacking the courage needed to shake up the country's ailing economy. What if, however, the issue was Italian voters, who don't want a reformist government?<p>This question springs …

Opinion

High national debt is long-term threat to Eurozone prosperity, warns Moody's

Eurozone debt could hold back future growth unless countries bolster efforts to strengthen their balance sheets, according to credit ratings firm Moody’s.<p>The debt of Eurozone governments is still only four percentage points lower than at its peak of 94.2pc of GDP in 2014. This small reduction in …

Economy

Italy's election is a political risk for the EU, economic commissioner warns

The upcoming general election in Italy is one of the "political risks" facing the European Union, according to the European Commissioner for Economic …

Italy

Italian Politicians Need to Get Real

With elections approaching, the parties are debating how to spend money that isn't there.<p>Italy's politicians aren't well-known for sober realism, but the campaigns ahead of Italy's elections on March 4 are something new. The political parties are outbidding each other with the most lavish pledges …

Economics

The Leader of Italy's Next Government May Not Even Be on the Ballot

With polls showing Italy could be paralyzed by a divided parliament after its March election, stand-in Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni may be set for …

Business

Smart Roman mayors know it's a law of life here: 'Beware the Pope!'

ROME – Most of the time, Romans look at a pope for what he is: The leader of the universal church and a key player on the global stage, whose frame …

Christianity

Italian Populists Are Backing Away From Euro Exit: QuickTake Q&A

Arrivederci euro? Italy’s populist parties have been flirting with the idea of dropping the single currency ahead of a general election on March 4. …

Business

Will elections in 2018 see 2017's left-wing revival continue?

In 2018 there will be elections in the Australian states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, as well as in Italy, the US and Mexico.<p>Essential …

Democracy

Abruzzo agrees to take on Rome’s overflowing rubbish

Rubbish has been piling up on Rome’s streets since Christmas, when Romans had more to throw away than usual and collections were interrupted for the …

Italy

Italian Employment is Booming, but the Catch Is Temporary Jobs

Italy’s employers are increasingly relying on temporary workers, taking the shine off positive labor numbers and leaving a weak spot in the economic …

Economy

Italy's Five Star Movement drops its threat to ditch the euro as election looms

Italy’s most popular party has dropped a long-held threat to ditch the euro, as the country heads to a general election in March.<p>The Five Star Movement’s change of heart means the election will have a less Eurosceptic flavour than previously expected.<p>“I believe it is no longer the right moment for …

Greece

From online participation to offline consensus? The declining appeal of web-democracy to Five Star Movement supporters

<i>Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement has a lead in the opinion polls ahead of the Italian general election in March. As</i> <b>Davide Vittori</b> <i>and</i> <b>Margherita de</b> …

Democracy

Everything we know so far about Russian election meddling in Europe

BERLIN — In a highly anticipated report due to be released Wednesday, congressional Democrats are expected to raise renewed concerns about mounting evidence of Russian interference in at least 19 European nations, according to the Associated Press, which obtained an advance copy.<p>The report, …

Russia

Rome told to sort out rubbish crisis or face EU sanctions

Brussels is keeping close eye on waste disposal row that has become political issue in run-up to Italy’s March general election<p>Italy could be sanctioned by the EU unless authorities in Rome and its wider Lazio region get to grips with a waste disposal crisis that has dragged on for weeks, the …

Italy

Eurozone jobless rate falls to lowest since 2009

Eurozone unemployment has fallen to its lowest level for nine years as Germany said economic growth during 2017 was likely to be stronger than …

Economy

‘Uncertain Italy election could increase anti-migration sentiment’

Malta should hope for Matteo Renzi to lead the next Italian government, former foreign affairs minister George Vella told MaltaToday.<p>As Italy enters …

Malta

Even Italy’s eurosceptics have given up on leaving the euro

Nor will a conservative coalition pursue the policy, according to its de facto director, Silvio Berlusconi – though his far-right allies, the …

Italy

Spelacchio gets a second chance: Rome’s ‘mangy’ Christmas tree to be recycled

There had been talk of consigning the infamous tree – nicknamed Spelacchio, or “Baldy” – to the MAXXI museum of modern art. But on Tuesday it was …

Italy