Italy

The Return of Berlusconi — end of reform? La Repubblica, July 23, 2014

MERCOLEDÌ, 23 LUGLIO 2014 Pagina 29 – COMMENTI LA VOGLIA DI ESSERE DIVERSI   ALEXANDER STILLE APPENA arrivata la sentenza di assoluzione, Silvio Berlusconi comincia di nuovo con le vecchie abitudini: domande di grazia, nuove leggi ad personam, eccezioni alle norme per permettergli di ricandidarsi. Avete notato che l’Italia è diventato un paese un po’…

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The Rise and Fall of Right-Wing Populism in France and Italy, New Yorker, May 28, 2014

The extraordinary success of Marine Le Pen’s National Front, in France, and of other right-wing, populist parties has, with good reason, been the main story of last weekend’s European Parliamentary elections. Running on an anti-euro, anti-immigration platform, Le Pen won a historic twenty-five per cent of the vote, handily outpolling France’s main conservative party, the…

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Dancing to Nowhere, review of “La Grande Bellezza,” New York Review of Books blog, Jan. 9, 2014

If the character Marcello in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita—played unforgettably by Marcello Mastroianni—had spent another four decades flitting about the high life of Rome he might have turned into someone like Jep Gambardella, the protagonist of Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty). A self-conscious twenty-first century version of the Fellini classic, La Grande…

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ITALY’S YOUNG PRIME MINISTER IN A HURRY, New Yorker, March 6, 2014

Sixty-three governments in sixty-eight years, with twenty-seven different Prime Ministers—so why should we care that Italy has a new government, with yet another Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi? It is understandable if observers find the dizzying nature of Italian politics exhausting and pointless. It can seem like a merry-go-round: the people on the painted horses change,…

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