Andrea Lorenzo Capussela

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    Kosovo election: When the elites teamed up to see through their KLA troubles

Kosovo election: When the elites teamed up to see through their KLA troubles

Kosovo held parliamentary elections on 11 June. A coalition led by former PM Ramush Haradinaj won the election with around 35% of the vote, while the left-wing opposition party Vetevendosje and the coalition associated with outgoing Prime Minister Isa Mustafa each held around 25%. The backdrop to the election was an ongoing adjudication over war crimes committed by the […]

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    Italy’s constitutional reform is ill conceived and can safely be rejected

Italy’s constitutional reform is ill conceived and can safely be rejected

Italy will hold a referendum on constitutional reform before the end of the year, with the country’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, indicating that he will resign if the referendum fails. Gianfranco Pasquino and Andrea Capussela provide a comprehensive assessment of the proposed reforms, arguing that they would be unlikely to meaningfully improve Italian governance and could reduce levels of […]

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    The West’s state-building policy in Kosovo requires a radical overhaul

The West’s state-building policy in Kosovo requires a radical overhaul

How successful has the West been in implementing its state-building process in Kosovo? Andrea Lorenzo Capussela writes that despite extensive support from the West, Kosovo still ranks poorly on a number of key indicators and has a persistent problem with organised crime and corruption. He argues that if the West is unable or unwilling to confront Kosovo’s leadership and expose them to […]

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    Italy’s double standards: The Regeni and Abu Omar cases reveal a contradictory approach to human rights

Italy’s double standards: The Regeni and Abu Omar cases reveal a contradictory approach to human rights

The torture and murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni in Egypt has reignited deep concerns about the treatment of human rights in the Middle East. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela contrasts the tragic event with another case just considered by the European Court of Human Rights: the abduction in 2003 of the Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar by the CIA […]

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    Kosovo’s political crisis suggests its citizens are no longer willing to accept large-scale electoral fraud

Kosovo’s political crisis suggests its citizens are no longer willing to accept large-scale electoral fraud

Kosovo is no longer at war, but deeply entrenched problems persist. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela warns that socio-economic issues are now at risk of turning into a rapidly escalating political crisis. But against the backdrop of disputes over whether early elections should be called, he identifies one reason for optimism: that Kosovo’s citizens are no longer likely to accept the large-scale electoral […]

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    Raising limits on cash payments sends the wrong signal in Italy’s fight against corruption

Raising limits on cash payments sends the wrong signal in Italy’s fight against corruption

Many states have a limit on the size of payments that can legally be made in cash, with anything above this limit needing to be transferred via traceable methods of payment such as bank transfers or credit cards. As Andrea Lorenzo Capussela writes, Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi recently proposed an increase in the country’s €1,000 threshold for cash payments up to a €3,000 limit. He […]

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    Italy’s latest legislation on accounting fraud highlights the country’s difficulty in pursuing real economic and political reform

Italy’s latest legislation on accounting fraud highlights the country’s difficulty in pursuing real economic and political reform

Italy has a longstanding corruption problem which the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has pledged to address. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela and Vito Intini write on a recent piece of legislation introduced in June which alters the rules on accounting fraud. They argue that the legislation has opened up a significant loophole and is indicative of the Italian political system’s […]

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    External pressure is needed to help Italy tackle its persistent corruption problem

External pressure is needed to help Italy tackle its persistent corruption problem

Corruption has been a persistent problem in Italy, with the country receiving one of the lowest scores of EU member states in Transparency International’s latest ‘Corruption Perceptions Index’. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela and Vito Intini provide a comprehensive look at the problem, noting that on several measures corruption has increased since the late 1990s. They argue that corruption in Italy […]

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    There is little evidence that the proposed reform of Italy’s labour market will actually generate growth or employment

There is little evidence that the proposed reform of Italy’s labour market will actually generate growth or employment

The Italian government has outlined a number of policies aimed at reforming Italy’s labour market, with the proposals receiving final approval in the Italian Senate on 3 December. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela and Vito Intini assess whether the reforms, which have proved controversial, will actually have the desired effect in generating economic growth and employment. They write that while increasing […]

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