James L. Newell

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    Understanding the role of immigration in the Italian election result

Understanding the role of immigration in the Italian election result

Much of the response to the 2018 Italian election result has focused on the role of immigration in boosting support for the Five Star Movement and Lega. James L. Newell writes that the immigration issue is unlikely to diminish in importance over the coming years. The country’s ageing population and a ‘brain drain’ from many Italian regions could make […]

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What happened in Italy on Sunday and what will happen now?

Italy’s election on 4 March saw major advances for the Five Star Movement and Lega, but the picture remains uncertain in terms of the formation of a government. James L. Newell assesses the reasons underpinning the result and what might happen next in the negotiations over the coming weeks.

The two great winners from the 2018 Italian election were […]

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    Reaction: Italian referendum and Matteo Renzi’s resignation

Reaction: Italian referendum and Matteo Renzi’s resignation

Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has announced he will resign following defeat in the country’s constitutional referendum. We asked a number of EUROPP contributors for their immediate thoughts on the result, Renzi’s resignation, and where Italy is heading next. 

Alberto Alemanno: “The vote has killed the dream of once in a generation change”
James Newell: “The result was not simply another […]

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    Who’s afraid of the Five Star Movement? Why Italy leaving the euro remains unlikely regardless of what happens on Sunday

Who’s afraid of the Five Star Movement? Why Italy leaving the euro remains unlikely regardless of what happens on Sunday

Several observers have raised the possibility that should Italy’s constitutional referendum result in a No vote, it could leave the door open for Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) to win power at the next Italian election. As James L. Newell writes, there has been particular concern over this prospect due to the Five Star Movement’s commitment to hold […]

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    Italy’s referendum: Don’t expect shockwaves after Sunday

Italy’s referendum: Don’t expect shockwaves after Sunday

The constitutional referendum scheduled for 4 December in Italy has been viewed as a key event for the country’s political stability. However, James L. Newell argues that the picture is far more complex than has commonly been recognised, with both a yes and a no vote likely to lead to a period of uncertainty.

Italy’s constitutional referendum, due to […]

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    The Five Star Movement’s victories in Italy’s mayoral elections: A major blow for Renzi and the PD

The Five Star Movement’s victories in Italy’s mayoral elections: A major blow for Renzi and the PD

Italy’s Five Star Movement secured victory in mayoral elections in Rome and Turin on 19 June. James L. Newell and Arianna Giovannini interpret the results as a major blow for Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. Substantial problems now lie ahead for the Italian government, as the PM faces a looming referendum on constitutional reform on which he has staked […]

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Matteo Renzi’s election prospects: a work in progress

Matteo Renzi has been Italian Prime Minister since 2014, but has faced a number of challenges in retaining his support ahead of the next general election. James L. Newell writes that much will be revealed by the results of local elections in June, where Renzi’s party faces significant challenges, and beyond that by the usual problems of managing the […]

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    The election of Italy’s new president has strengthened Matteo Renzi’s grip over Italian politics

The election of Italy’s new president has strengthened Matteo Renzi’s grip over Italian politics

On 31 January, Sergio Mattarella, a former Constitutional Court judge, was elected as the new President of Italy. James L. Newell and Arianna Giovannini write that while the formal powers assigned to the President remain fairly limited, the appointment of Mattarella represented an important victory for Italy’s Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. They argue that the nature of the negotiations […]

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    Matteo Renzi’s transition to power is a gamble not just for his party, but for the Italian political system as a whole

Matteo Renzi’s transition to power is a gamble not just for his party, but for the Italian political system as a whole

Last week Italian prime minister Enrico Letta resigned, with the general secretary of the Partito Democratico, Matteo Renzi, expected to take over as the country’s new PM. Arianna Giovannini and James L. Newell assess Renzi’s transition to power and the stakes for both his party and the wider situation in Italy. They note that although Renzi was the obvious successor […]

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The election of Matteo Renzi as the leader of the PD might herald a ‘New Labour’ style revolution in Italy’s centre-left

Matteo Renzi was elected as the new general secretary of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) in Italy. Arianna Giovannini and James L. Newell assess the implications of the election for the PD and the wider political landscape in the country. They note that Renzi has generally been portrayed as a similar figure to Tony Blair in the UK due to […]

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The PD’s leadership election might signal the first step in the re-legitimation of the Italian political system

The centre-left Partito Democratico (PD) suffered a disappointing result in this year’s Italian elections. After the resignation of party secretary Pier Luigi Bersani, a new leader is due to be elected in December. Arianna Giovannini and James L. Newell assess the significance of the leadership contest, which the Mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, is favourite to win. They argue that […]

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Berlusconi’s surrender over Enrico Letta’s confidence vote could spell the end of an era in Italian politics

Last week Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta survived a confidence vote in the Italian Senate following a dramatic U-turn by Silvio Berlusconi. James L. Newell writes that the crisis, which began when Berlusconi instructed ministers from his PdL party to resign from the government, has left the former Italian Prime Minister severely weakened. For the first time, Berlusconi has been […]

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