4 March 2013

Italy: why the EU is panicked by populism

EU officials’ fear of ‘populism’, such as that expressed in the Italian election, is really a fear of the populace.

4 March 2013

Berlusconi and Beppe: separated at birth?

Politician-comedian and so-called man of the people Beppe Grillo is really just the anti-political son of Silvio.

30 November 2012

Is Venice really sinking?

A brilliant new book puts today’s doom-laden debate about Venice into historical perspective, arguing that it is informed more by a downbeat view of humanity than by hard facts.

29 October 2012

The Eurocrats stage a coup d'etat

Europe’s financial crisis is being used to justify the denial of democracy and a permanent state of emergency.

Posturing against austerity:
an infantile disorder

The left-wing groups making electoral gains in Europe are driven by a desire to avoid reality rather than a determination to create a new one.

27 January 2012

Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition

In this extract from his new book, Dominic Standish explores how Venice has gone from symbolising brash human vision to being viewed as a victim of eco-degradation.

23 January 2012

Riding the waves of a cruise crash

Dominic Standish reports from Italy on how anti-ship agitators are milking the Concordia tragedy.

9 November 2011

Berlusconi: don’t turn a scoundrel into a scapegoat

Whatever else he might have done, Italy’s prime minister is hardly to blame for Europe’s crisis of capitalism and political leadership.

8 November 2011

Questo corso è molto prevenuto

Language courses always come with baggage, like the BBC one that teaches you to talk about climate change in Italian.

10 October 2011

The global culture war over Amanda Knox

How did one woman become such a talking point? Because she got bound up in a clash between ‘louche America’ and ‘medieval Italy’.