20 February 2014

Matteo Renzi and Italy’s coup d’état

Italian voters have yet again been sidelined by backroom deals in Rome.

3 February 2014

Amanda Knox: Italian justice on trial

The handling of the Meredith Kercher murder case should shock anyone interested in fairness and truth.

3 February 2014

The culture war over ‘Foxy Knoxy’ continues

The trials of Amanda Knox have become an excuse to attack the Italian national character.

9 December 2013

Pope Francis: the new King of Italy

In a country with little faith in politics, the 'people's pontiff' has become Italy's de facto head of state.

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.