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It's hard out there for a populist: Italy's comedian-led political party struggles to find its feet

It's hard out there for a populist: Italy's comedian-led political party struggles to find its feet

Charles RichardsonJan 11, 20172 Comments

Populist parties love to represent themselves as rule-breaking mavericks. But wherever they win office, they find themselves invariably having to work with established actors in order to get anything done.

The bluff of Matteo: can the demolition man rebuild Italy?

The bluff of Matteo: can the demolition man rebuild Italy?

Josephine McKennaFeb 24, 20143 Comments

Italy has sworn in its youngest prime minister, and Mattew Renzi has big plans. But Rome reporter Josephine McKenna asks: can the former Wheel of Fortune winner now win over a disaffected nation?

Berlusconi's shadow looms large over new Italian PM

Berlusconi's shadow looms large over new Italian PM

Josephine McKennaMay 2, 20132 Comments

Italy's new PM Enrico Letta owes his leadership to a deal forged with Silvio Berlusconi. With Il Cavaliere still lurking in the background, will anything really change? Rome-based freelancer Josephine McKenna reports.

Why an ex-Qantas director faces fraud charges in Italy

Why an ex-Qantas director faces fraud charges in Italy

*Desmond O’GradyApr 30, 20131 Comment

Corinne Namblard and eight others will front court over fraud charges relating to a proposal to enlarge the Siena airport.Rome-based freelance journalist Desmond O'Grady investigates.

Comedian holds balance of power in Italy, but no one's laughing

Comedian holds balance of power in Italy, but no one's laughing

CrikeyApr 9, 20131 Comment

Eight million Italians used their votes to send a message to the major parties by voting for comedian Beppe Grillo. But no one expected he would win. Rome-based journalist Josephine McKenna asks Italians: what now?

Eurozone set for more pain -- and it's Italy's fault

Glenn DyerFeb 27, 20132 Comments

Italian voters have rejected austerity, opting instead for Berlusconi and comedian Beppe Grillo at the weekend's election. This will not end well for the Italian economy, or the eurozone.