Five Star Movement
Opinion: Italy at risk
Italy’s new left-right government is a political experiment that could turn out in one of two ways: either a disguised version of business as usual, or a complete disaster. Many observers assumed that Lega leader Matteo Salvini would manufacture the disaster on purpose to take Italy out of the euro. Now, it appears more likely that the financial crisis – if and when it comes – will occur by accident rather than design.
Italy’s new coalition – a necessary disruption?
The coalition government finally announced by Italy’s two euroskeptic parties is being bemoaned in Europe as right-wing and populist, turning Italy into a threat to the entire eurozone. But its predecessors in Rome were the ones who put the country in its current financial quandary.
Italy – the West’s weakest link?
There is growing concern in Europe and the United States that Italy could turn out to be the weakest link in the chain of resistance to Russian misconduct. Its rising parties of protest, the Five Star Movement and La Lega, want sanctions against Russia dropped. But Italy has always fancied itself a bridge between East and West. When push comes to shove, it has generally toed the line set by NATO and the EU.
Opinion: Where is Italy headed?
For two months, Italy’s Five Star Movement and its leader Luigi Di Maio have tried to assemble a cabinet with the mainstream parties of the center-right (Silvio Berlusconi) or center-left (Matteo Renzi). So far, they have failed. But those who assume Italy is doomed to return to the polls underestimate the capacity of Italian politicians for compromise – especially since a weak government suits nearly everybody.
Could the right make a comeback in Italy?
Local elections in Italy had a surprise result – a surge from the center right. Both former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s allies on the left and the upstart Five Star Movement led by Beppe Grillo seem to be losing traction. Is this part of a larger European trend away from populists and back toward known political quantities? And could this mean a return of Silvio Berlusconi?
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.
Italian voters deliver wake-up call to their politicians
Italy’s voters stayed away from the polls in huge numbers in May’s regional elections. They are fed up with the promises they are given and a lack of reforms which leaves their economy stagnant and youth unemployment at 42 per cent. All political parties were given a lesson to sharpen their delivery if they want to win support. ...
Greek problems could foster economic blueprint for eurozone
The Greek financial crisis has been a missed opportunity for eurosceptic parties to put forward new ideas for the European Union. They have achieved nothing since sweeping gains in the 2014 elections. But the Greek crisis could still be used by the EU to formulate a new way of dealing with countries in financial trouble. ...
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 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...