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    Italy’s municipal elections: The beginning of the end for the Five Star Movement?

Italy’s municipal elections: The beginning of the end for the Five Star Movement?

Despite leading many opinion polls at the national level, Italy’s Five Star Movement (M5S) suffered a disappointing result in the first round of municipal elections on 11 June. Fabio Bordignon argues that the result should not be translated into national support as the party faces several obstacles that prevent it from effectively fighting local elections. The most likely picture […]

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    Italy’s looming election: Will the Five Star Movement really form the next government?

Italy’s looming election: Will the Five Star Movement really form the next government?

Italy will hold its next general election no later than spring 2018, with Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) currently ahead in most of the recent polling. Daniele Albertazzi argues that despite intense media speculation about what a victory for the M5S could mean for Italy and its participation in the euro, the picture is far from clear and […]

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    Matteo Renzi’s disastrous leadership risks splitting Italy’s Democratic Party

Matteo Renzi’s disastrous leadership risks splitting Italy’s Democratic Party

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has resigned as leader of the country’s Democratic Party (PD) with the intention of running in primary elections to be held later in the year. Iacopo Mugnai argues that Renzi’s leadership has had a disastrous effect on the party, while his current strategy risks splitting the PD and opening the door to government […]

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Italy’s struggle with the euro straitjacket

Paolo Gentiloni took over from Matteo Renzi as Italian Prime Minister in December, but the country’s politics remain volatile amid infighting within Renzi’s Democratic Party and calls from the Five Star Movement for a referendum on Italy leaving the euro. Miguel Otero-Iglesias highlights the widespread anger some voters feel toward the EU and Germany, but suggests that even if Grillo […]

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    Italy’s migration crisis is a clear threat to European unity

Italy’s migration crisis is a clear threat to European unity

While the migration crisis has eased in other EU countries such as Greece, Italy’s coastline remains an entrance point for irregular migration. Roland Benedikter and Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski track Italy’s attempts to deal with the problem. They argue that the absence of solidarity from the rest of the EU is fostering Euroscepticism and that it would be in the […]

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    Book Review: Student Lives in Crisis: Deepening Inequality in Times of Austerity by Lorenza Antonucci

Book Review: Student Lives in Crisis: Deepening Inequality in Times of Austerity by Lorenza Antonucci

In Student Lives in Crisis: Deepening Inequality in Times of Austerity, Lorenza Antonucci examines the material inequalities that shape young people’s experiences of Higher Education by examining welfare provision in three European countries – England, Italy and Sweden. Heather Mew welcomes this book as an eye-opening account that shows how austerity policies are leading universities to reinforce rather than remedy […]

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    The election of Antonio Tajani as EP President: A backroom deal that creates clarity

The election of Antonio Tajani as EP President: A backroom deal that creates clarity

On 17 January, Antonio Tajani took over as the new President of the European Parliament. Christophe Crombez argues that while Tajani’s election has been portrayed by some observers as another EU backroom deal, the developments that led to his appointment lay the groundwork for more clearly defined policy choices to be presented to voters at the 2019 European Parliament […]

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    Italy’s ‘trilemma’: How to balance integration, sovereignty and democracy following the constitutional referendum

Italy’s ‘trilemma’: How to balance integration, sovereignty and democracy following the constitutional referendum

On 4 December, Italian voters rejected a proposed constitutional reform in a referendum, with Matteo Renzi subsequently resigning as the country’s prime minister. Nicolò Fraccaroli writes on where the country now stands, arguing that the situation is best captured as a ‘trilemma’ where economic integration, national sovereignty, and democracy create competing pressures on Italy’s economy and political system.

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    Is Italy’s recent support to its banks the start of a new wave of public intervention in the EU?

Is Italy’s recent support to its banks the start of a new wave of public intervention in the EU?

The banking crisis in Europe has three distinct legs according to Lorenzo Codogno and Mara Monti. The first leg was purely financial contagion from the sub-prime crisis in the US to toxic assets held in bank portfolios in Europe, while the second wave was equally intense, amid the negative feedback loop between banks and sovereigns. The third wave is […]

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    Italy cannot afford to allow political instability to affect its troubled banking system

Italy cannot afford to allow political instability to affect its troubled banking system

One of the key concerns raised since Matteo Renzi’s resignation as Italian Prime Minister is that a period of financial instability could damage Italy’s already fragile banking system. Mara Monti writes that although the short-term market reaction to Renzi’s resignation was fairly mild, there may be a more severe reaction if the political situation cannot be resolved before the […]

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    Italy’s referendum: Renzi’s big gamble failed. What’s next?

Italy’s referendum: Renzi’s big gamble failed. What’s next?

Following the outcome of today’s referendum, President Mattarella will do his best to avoid early elections. Any new caretaker government would easily take a full year to deliver a new electoral law and thus the baseline case remains for elections no earlier than the natural end of this parliamentary term in spring 2018, writes Lorenzo Codogno. The tail risks […]

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    Italy’s referendum: Renzi’s gamble failed, so what’s next?

Italy’s referendum: Renzi’s gamble failed, so what’s next?

Following the outcome of Sunday’s referendum, Italy’s President, Sergio Mattarella, will do his best to avoid early elections. Any new caretaker government would easily take a full year to deliver a new electoral law and thus the baseline case remains for elections no earlier than the natural end of this parliamentary term in spring 2018, writes Lorenzo Codogno. He […]

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Italy’s referendum was a triumph of hope over fear

What does the result of Italy’s constitutional referendum mean for the country moving forward? Valentino Larcinese argues that the vote should be seen as a positive development for Italian democracy, albeit one that has opened up deep divisions which will take time to heal.
Check out EUROPP’s full coverage of Italy’s constitutional referendum.
Sunday, 4 December 2016, was an extraordinary day for Italian […]

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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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    Italy’s constitutional referendum: A roundup of the political commentary

Italy’s constitutional referendum: A roundup of the political commentary

On Sunday, 4 December, Italians are going to the polls to approve or reject the proposed constitutional reform, promoted by PM Matteo Renzi. The referendum may also carry political and economic consequences, as Renzi has stated he would resign in case the reform should not be approved. In the run up to the vote, Silvia Merler summarises some of […]

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    Criticism of Renzi’s constitutional reform is wide of the mark – it would make Italy’s institutions more efficient and responsive

Criticism of Renzi’s constitutional reform is wide of the mark – it would make Italy’s institutions more efficient and responsive

In the final days of campaigning before Italy’s referendum, we are featuring a number of articles on the pros and cons of the proposed constitutional changes. In this contribution, Corrado Morricone takes issue with recent criticism of the reforms, arguing that they would make the country’s institutions more efficient and responsive to the needs of citizens.
Interested in other points […]

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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 outcome of Italy’s referendum may be decided in Castelnuovo di Porto

The outcome of Italy’s referendum may be decided in Castelnuovo di Porto

Many Italian citizens living outside the country will have the opportunity to vote in the constitutional referendum on 4 December. But what impact could these votes have in shaping the result? Lorenzo Piccoli highlights that with voters outside Italy accounting for around 8 per cent of the electorate, the count at the Civil Protection Centre in Castelnuovo di Porto, […]

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Watch Italy’s referendum for potential banking problems

Italy’s constitutional referendum is fast approaching and financial markets are already jittery. Lorenzo Codogno and Mara Monti write that while some observers have pointed to the risk of the Five Star Movement getting into power, or even Italy leaving the euro, these are unlikely developments, at least in the short term. The real issue is not about political instability, […]

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