Tag: Italy

Whatever the election result, reactionaries and extremists are Italy’s big winners

Italy’s election on March 4th will take place in a climate of tension and aggression not seen for decades. The difficulty in efficiently processing migrants recovered in the Mediterranean combined with ongoing economic difficulties for the average citizen despite a tentative macroeconomic recovery, and an ongoing refusal to […]


The “New Italians” are finding their voice at a tense moment in the debate on Italian identity

Immigration in Italy is a toxic issue, largely due to the issue of refugees arriving in the country by sea and sometimes by land, the costs of processing them and the (perceived or real) reluctance of other states to contribute to rescue and resettlement efforts. Italy’s notoriously restrictive […]


Could South Tyrol be a model for Catalonia?

After the Spanish government’s response to the Catalan referendum on independence, the debate now turns to what should happen next and how to find a solution that both sides would find acceptable. South Tyrol is a German-speaking province of Northern Italy, and while some tensions persist, has been […]