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    The European elections in Italy may be a signal that Beppe Grillo’s vision is simply too negative for Italians to accept in the long term

The European elections in Italy may be a signal that Beppe Grillo’s vision is simply too negative for Italians to accept in the long term

In Italy’s European Parliament elections Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party received over 40 per cent of the national vote, with Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement finishing in second place on just over 20 per cent. Roberto Orsi assesses what the elections mean for Italy’s political landscape. He notes that while Renzi has attempted to portray the country as simply requiring […]

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    Italy’s economic problems are not caused by the euro, but by the country’s chaotic political system

Italy’s economic problems are not caused by the euro, but by the country’s chaotic political system

Despite some signs of economic recovery in the Eurozone, the Italian economy has continued to struggle. Salvatore Perri assesses the argument that Italy’s economic problems are largely a result of its membership of the euro. He argues that most of the problems identified with Italy’s use of the single currency would likely be exacerbated with an independent currency and […]

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    The real problem in Italian democracy is not the electoral law, but Silvio Berlusconi’s continued grip over the country’s media

The real problem in Italian democracy is not the electoral law, but Silvio Berlusconi’s continued grip over the country’s media

Italy’s new prime minister Matteo Renzi has made electoral reform one of his key priorities, with a new electoral law currently under consideration in the Italian Senate, having been passed in the lower house of the Italian parliament last week. Valentino Larcinese writes that while Renzi may succeed in his attempts at electoral reform, the fact that he has […]

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    The new electoral law approved by Italy’s Chamber of Deputies is an improvement on its predecessor, but it still has crucial deficiencies

The new electoral law approved by Italy’s Chamber of Deputies is an improvement on its predecessor, but it still has crucial deficiencies

Following a ruling by the Constitutional Court of Italy that the country’s much criticised electoral law was ‘unconstitutional’, Italian political parties are now in the process of agreeing a new law to cover Italian elections. The latest proposal was passed in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies on 12 March and will now pass to the Senate. Matteo Garavoglia outlines the […]

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If Matteo Renzi is successful in implementing reforms, few Italian citizens will care how he got into office

In the space of just a few months, Matteo Renzi has been voted leader of the Democratic Party (PD), and is now set to take the place of his former PD colleague Enrico Letta as Italy’s Prime Minister. Duncan McDonnell writes that despite anticipated concerns about Renzi getting the top job ‘through the back door’, his rise remains a cause […]

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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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