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Wacky weather and pests wreaked havoc on this year’s olive crop, resulting in a harvest down 35 percent from last year. And Italy’s not alone: Production is down across...(full article)

Vietato valigia con ruota! From next May, tourists arriving in Venice can expect to be greeted by these words. Vietato valigia con ruota?...(full article)

According to a defense official in Ankara who didn’t want to be identified, Western countries, instead of trying to understand Turkey’s demands, simply say, “Trus...(full article)

Could Italy be heading for an exit from the euro? It is no longer unthinkable....(full article)

Something strange is afoot in the United Kingdom when a prime minister educated at the elite Eton College starts competing to be more populist than Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP...(full article)

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Naples Softly Decays - Alan Johnston, BBC

Many of the historic buildings in the Italian city of Naples have fallen into a crumbling state of disrepair. Millions of euros have been promised for renovations but is this enoug...

A Crazy Idea to Help Italy - Jim O'Neill, Bloomberg View

As I travelled around Italy on this latest trip, I imagined a different kind of Germanic rigidity. How about a zero-tolerance approach to inflation that falls below target? Perhaps...

Europe's Perennial State of Fragmentation - Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Over the past 12 months, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, observing firsthand how the global economic crisis is reawakening dormant trends along the Continent's tradi...

Taxation Needs to Go Global - Wolfgang Schauble, Project Syndicate

Most of the tax-allocation principles that apply today date back to a time when doing business internationally primarily meant transporting goods across a border to a neighboring c...

Europe's Deadly Fiscal Paralysis - Bloomberg View

If growth in the euro area is not restored, the future of the union itself will be in jeopardy....

Moral Collapse on the Refugee Issue - The Guardian

In the context of the rise of an anti-migrant right across the EU, it is understandable that the main political parties recognise and try to respond to voters’ anxieties. But...

Italy Is in Terminal Decline - Nicholas Farrell, Spectator

Hardly anyone bothers to fret about Italy any more, even though last week its exchanges took the second biggest hit after Greece. Italy’s irreversible demise is a foregone co...

Reviving Europe's Economy - Irish Times

Europe’s leaders need to do more to get growth moving and a central player here has to be Germany....

Europe Acknowledges Austerity's Failure - Patrick Smith, The Fiscal Times

Standing again on the cliff overlooking Recession Valley now prompts a fundamental realignment among the European powers....

Bloated States Are Choking Europe - Daniel Mitchell, The Commentator

Europe's crisis is not one of capitalism but one of social democracy. Leftist economics has made the state so bloated that much of the continent remains mired in stagnation with li...

China Swooping in on Italy's Grids and Brands - Rachel Sanderson, FT

The EU debt crisis opened up periphery countries to Chinese investors....

Renzi Has no Fix for Italy's Ills - Hans-Jurgen Schlamp, Spiegel

Stores are closing, tradespeople are being let go and manufacturing is collapsing all over Italy, especially in the south. Many young academics are leaving the country. While produ...

The European Central Bank on the Defensive - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg

It's interesting, though, that even with the ECB doing more and more to pump up the economy, and with European yields far below their debt-crisis levels, Draghi still feels the nee...

Germany's Two-Front Fight - Bosoni & Fleming-Williams, Stratfor

Germany is currently ruled by a grand coalition, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union party (and its sister party, the Bavaria-based Chris...

Europe Needs a New Social Contract - Kemal Dervis, Project Syndicate

It will not be possible to design this new social contract country by country. Europe has become too interwoven in myriad ways – not just in purely financial and economic ter...

A Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy - Maximilian Popp, Spiegel

The EU is sealing itself off, fearing that if it fails to do so, even more people will come, particularly from poorer countries. But it is also true that the transformation of the ...

Italy & Japan: Troubled Twins of Globalization - Joji Sakurai, Yale Global

Japan and Italy are major developed economies that are struggling mightily with the trade-offs between preserving a way of life and adopting reforms - such as inviting foreign work...

Will Italy Wreak Economic Havoc on Europe? - Milton Ezrati, Nat'l Interest

The Eurozone's economic nightmare drags on -- and Rome could make it even worse....

Italy's Downward Spiral - Hans-Werner Sinn, Project Syndicate

Italy is now in a triple-dip recession. But it didn’t get there by itself. Yes, the economy’s long slide reflects Italian leaders’ failure to confront the country...

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal? - George Friedman, Stratfor

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...

Continental Drift Could Scupper Euro Recovery - Daily Telegraph

All of a sudden, the euro crisis is back, though in truth it never really went away. The latest economic figures from the eurozone make bleak reading. Germany, the continent’s bi...

Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews - Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

Anti-Jewish graffiti in Rome has little to do with Israel and Gaza, and everything to do with Europe’s ugly history of anti-Semitism....

Europe's Moral Failure - Jerusalem Post

In city after city, attempts to draw the line between criticism of Israeli policies and crude anti-Semitism have been utterly abandoned....

Bill de Blasio and the Two Italys - Alexander Stille, New York Daily News

Bill de Blasio won the mayoralty on a promise to attack New York City’s income inequality. Although the main purpose of his trip to Italy is to relax with family, he should k...

Pope Francis vs. Mafia: No Piety Among Mobsters - Boston Globe

Pope Francis didn’t mince words during a recent visit to Calabria in southern Italy. Speaking of those responsible for one of the most horrific crimes Italy has seen in years...

How Matteo Renzi Beat Merkel on Austerity - Anatole Kaletsky, Reuters

Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy who took the revolving presidency of the European Union this week, seems to be the sort of man that Napoleon was referring to when he repu...

Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger - Walter Mayr, Der Spiegel

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised change for his country. His new foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, embodies the desire to shake things up. Just 41 years old, she la...

Would the Mafia Ever Order a Hit on the Pope? - Peter Weber, The Week

The pope informally excommunicated sanctimonious mobsters, and threatens their finances. And the Mafia isn't exactly known for its restraint....

The Italian Disaster - Perry Anderson, London Review of Books

Europe is ill. How seriously, and why, are matters not always easy to judge. But among the symptoms three are conspicuous, and inter-related. The first, and most familiar, is the d...

They Saved the Eurozone but Forgot Its People - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Remember the eurozone crisis? You don't hear much about it anymore, which could easily lead you to the conclusion that the problems have been solved. And to an extent they have bee...

Italy's Scariest Serial Killer Returns - Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

The torture and murder of a young prostitute has Italians worried that one of the country’s most notorious serial killers may be back in action....

A Surge of Anti-EU Populism Across Europe - Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

The Irish election takes place in the context of a broader Continent-wide election which is probably more important than any in recent years in setting the EU’s direction pol...

Italy's Long Slide - Raymond de Souza, National Post

The question for workers in Italy today is not as dramatic as it was for much of the 20th century — is the path to true liberation found in the free economy or in a state-pla...

Europe's Next Moral Hazard - Hans-Werner Sinn, Project Syndicate

An increase in public debt causes a short-term surge in demand, helping to increase the degree of capacity utilization and keep unemployment in check. However, new debt is nothing ...

The Fall of Rome, Circa 2014 - Walter Mayr, Der Spiegel

Pilgrims from around the world are expected in Rome this weekend for the canonization of two former popes. They will find an Italian capital that is increasingly squalid and close ...

Silvio Berlusconi, Social Worker - The Economist

As often happens in Italy, a daunting punishment has been whittled down to a mild reproof. Mr Berlusconi’s four-year sentence was cut to one year because of an amnesty law from a...

Italy's Baby-Making Troubles - Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors....

Europe's Comeback - Washington Post

The powers that be within the European Union — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr. Draghi — would be wise to grant Mr. Valls and Mr. Renzi the fiscal wiggle room they need....

Will the EU Take on Putin? - Bloomberg View

If the Europeans think that Plan A gives them wiggle room on imposing painful sanctions, they are deluding themselves. It was important that the U.S. administration respond to the ...

How the Italian Mafia Is Infiltrating Germany - Jorg Diehl, Der Spiegel

A trial currently underway in Cologne showcases the extent of the Italian Mob's infiltration of German society and the construction business. Critics claim authorities have been fa...

Will Rome Bring Prosperity to North Africa? - Giovanni Faleg, TAI

Though the ancient Romans famously defeated the Carthaginians, today Tunisia, the modern-day location of Carthage, may depend on Italy for its survival as a newly democratic state....

Can Matteo Renzi Fix Italian Politics? - Rob Edens, RealClearWorld

His dazzling ascent to Italy's highest political office is only matched by his prodigious ambitions. With a hyperactivity not seen in Europe since the early days of Sarkozy, for th...

Europe's Latest Secession Movement: Venice? - Matt Ford, The Atlantic

2.1 million Venetians just voted to leave Italy and restore their medieval republic....

Mafia Plants Death in the Land of Mozzarella - Barbie Nadeau, Daily Beast

Illegal dumping for decades created land so toxic that selling wine, cheese, and olive oil produced there is strictly prohibited. Locals say the land is too dangerous to even die o...

Why Our Mayors Don't Rule Our World - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

A good mayor is trusted in ways that prime ministers, premiers and presidents rarely are these days – not just by citizens, but by people around the world, in the cases of pl...

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