Catalonia lacks an important right that most devolved or federated polities around the world have: a definite and undeniable control over a fixed share of taxation with clear limits to the power of the central government to transfer out money for equalisation. Following the Spanish constitution and what the […]
Math student at the University of Padua, loves to play cello in free time. A person of diverse and multifaceted interests, he is a committed Europeanist and a mostly inactive Wikipedian.
The primary concern for a ruler usually is not how to develop the wisest rule, but often how to keep ruling. Hence the attempts to lower the amount of people who can hinder the work of the government are a recurring feature of many political movements, as Turkey’s […]
The year 2016 saw a major rise of extreme movements in politics, especially in the major developed countries that use a majoritarian (first-past-the-post, then FPTP) electoral system: the US, with the election of Donald Trump as president, and the UK, with the Brexit. The two societies seemed extremely […]
At the beginning of January 2017, the Italian Eurosceptic Five Star Movement (informally shortened M5S), led by the comedian Beppe Grillo, tried to strike an agreement to join the vehemently Euro-federalist ALDE group in the European Parliament, led by the former Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt. This proposed […]
On December 4, 2016 Italy held a constitutional referendum on an extensive reform of the Senate and the competencies of the regions proposed by Matteo Renzi, then head of the government. Following a sound defeat, where the reform was rejected with 59.11% of the votes against and only […]
Nicolò Ancellotti analyses the forthcoming Italian referendum on the senate and asks if the idea of a referendum in Italy is nothing but a set of troublesome scenarios. Nicolò studies mathemathics at the University of Padua. A person of diverse and multifaceted interests, he is a committed Europeanist. On […]