The future of euroskepticism
While Europe’s populist parties identify the euro as the root of most evils, exiting the common currency won’t solve their country’s economic woes – in fact, the solutions they propose will probably make them worse. Voters have recognized this. But anti-immigration sentiment remains a powerful weapon in their arsenal, and Brussels seems unwilling to take the necessary measures to address it.
Italy drifts toward paralysis
Italy is facing the prospect of major political fragmentation and government inertia. Its political players are already bracing for the double whammy of changed electoral rules, which will radically alter the composition of the next parliament, and the steady rise of populist sentiment in the country.
GIS Dossier: The strangely resilient euro
The euro has been remarkably stable during its 15-year existence as a major currency. That has not always been a good thing for the European economy. But the real concerns for the single currency hinge on politics and survival.
Italy after the referendum
Italy's political establishment is hanging tough after the failed constitutional referendum. But buying time and tinkering with the election law will be of no avail unless the economy improves. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s caretaker government appears to lack the political clout to cut spending and fix the banks. That will only strengthen the appeal of Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement.
Matteo Renzi ignores Italy’s economic realities
Italian politics is dominated by the party in power as its rivals fail to make any impression on national politics. But Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has failed to capitalise on his strength and introduce much-needed economic reforms. As he enjoys his power, Italy continues to drift and could be in deep trouble if the days of cheap money end in Europe. ...
Matteo Renzi fails to grasp Italy’s economic woes
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is losing popularity as he fails to understand how to tackle Italy’s growing economic problems. His promises of a new reform every month have been forgotten as he decides whether to cut a deal with other politicians or bet on winning a general election. Italy faces default or swingeing tax rises. ...
European elections pose test for Italy’s politics
An enormous disenchanted rump of middle class voters in Italy is likely to abstain from casting votes in the European Parliamentary elections from May 22 to 25. They represent the over-taxed who see no future in politics and no reason to believe European politics will change the current stalemate. But others may use the elections to put down a marker on the current...
Pro-EU parties likely to hold control despite public opinion
The traditional apathy of voters selecting members for the European Parliament is spiced by a wave of protest parties across Europe who stand against the very concept of the European Union. But public opinion, represented by these political minnows, is unlikely to be the winner as the major parties close ranks and unite against them. ...
Matteo Renzi shakes up Italian politics
Italy’s political scene has been in turmoil for 20 years until it was grasped by the left wing’s new leader, Matteo Renzi. He is the man of the moment who has tackled the troubling issues within his own party and forged an alliance to bring about change with the big political beast from the right, Silvio Berlusconi. <i...