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In memory of Giulio Regeni – In memoria di Giulio Regeni

The tragic disappearance and murder of Cambridge PhD student Giulio Regeni in Cairo has come as a profound shock for his home country, Italy, and for the academic community in the United Kingdom and beyond. Fellow countryman and doctoral researcher Angelo Martelli offers his personal reflections. We publish this text in English and in Italian translation.

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    Whatever its outcome, the Brexit referendum is likely to strengthen anti-EU rhetoric in Italy

Whatever its outcome, the Brexit referendum is likely to strengthen anti-EU rhetoric in Italy

What impact is the UK’s EU referendum likely to have on Italian politics? Bruno Marino and Nicola Martocchia Diodati see few chances for the referendum to reinforce the position of pro-EU parties in Italy, irrespective of its outcome. With Euroscepticism on the rise in Italy, even a win for the Remain campaign could bolster stances critical of further European […]

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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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    Junior partner no more: How the growth of the Lega Nord could reshape the right in Italy

Junior partner no more: How the growth of the Lega Nord could reshape the right in Italy

In recent decades, the right of Italy’s party system has been dominated by Silvio Berlusconi, who currently heads a revived version of his Forza Italia party. As Daniele Albertazzi writes, however, Forza Italia has been pushed into fourth place in several opinion polls in 2015 by the growth of the Northern League (Lega Nord), which has traditionally advocated a […]

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    Italy is stretching budget flexibility to the limit, raising a number of issues over EU fiscal rules

Italy is stretching budget flexibility to the limit, raising a number of issues over EU fiscal rules

Italy is currently asking Brussels for more flexibility over its new budget for structural reforms, investments and to help manage the refugee crisis. Lorenzo Codogno writes that this makes the Italian budget expansionary and, perhaps, also pro-cyclical. Moreover, it raises a number of issues on the proper interpretation of EU fiscal rules, the rules themselves, and the most appropriate […]

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    European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Italy, Poland, Bulgaria and Malta

European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Italy, Poland, Bulgaria and Malta

The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is […]

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