Topic archives: Italy

LEAKED: draft letter from Matt Canavan proves he is seriously Italian

July 28, 2017 4

The man is about as dinky-di Aussie as a gelato-stuffed calzone.

Did Canavan’s mum sign him up for Italian citizenship so he could vote for Berlusconi?

July 28, 2017 7

The 2006 Italian election was a tight race, and the first in which Australian-Italians could have their say. Is that why Matt Canavan's mother signed him up?

Are Canadians, New Zealanders and Italians more scared of us than we are of them?

July 27, 2017 4

How do Australia's provisions for keeping foreign insurgents out of Parliament stack up against those of other countries? Crikey intern Angus McCubbing investigates.

Revellers dance, march and sing through the tear gas at Sicilian anti-G7, anti-Trump protest

May 29, 2017 3

They marched without masks. They marched without bandanas. Freelance journalist Matthew Clayfield. reports.

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

January 11, 2017 2

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.

Spectre of right-wing populism haunts Europe as Italy, Austria went to the polls

December 6, 2016 5

Like many other signs this year, particularly last month's US election, these twin events warn of a rising tide of xenophobic right-wing populism.

The bad old days: mafiosos and corrupt cops

January 27, 2016 5

A new book about the Italian mafia is a must-read for cops, pollies and anyone with an interest in true crime.

G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

G20 fails to deliver — but not for lack of Australia trying

November 17, 2014 8

The government was right to push for growth at the G20 summit but the minds of international leaders are no longer focused on the forum, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

Playtime in parliament: meet the world’s youngest leaders

Playtime in parliament: meet the world’s youngest leaders

March 4, 2014 2

At 39, Italy's new prime minister is the youngest in Europe. But as Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro discovers, the baby-faced PM is not even in the top five youngest leaders in the world.

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

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

February 24, 2014 3

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?

Vladimir v Vladimir: meet the Italian transgender ex-MP who took on Putin

Vladimir v Vladimir: meet the Italian transgender ex-MP who took on Putin

February 20, 2014

An Italian gay rights activist went to Sochi -- and got thrown in jail. Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro profiles the former MP, who has had a colourful life -- and more than one brush with Russian homophobes.

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s next leader, a young man in a hurry

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s next leader, a young man in a hurry

February 14, 2014 1

Italy's new prime minister, until two months ago the 38-year-old mayor of Florence, is ambitious and models himself on Tony Blair. But he'll have huge challenges ahead of him as he tackles Italy's economic and electoral woes, and no parliamentary majority to aid his rule.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

November 6, 2013 1

Australia is in the top 20% of performers among OECD countries in terms of well-being, but the GFC has had a profound effect. Plus other political snippets of the day.

Why an ex-Qantas director faces fraud charges in Italy

Why an ex-Qantas director faces fraud charges in Italy

April 30, 2013 1

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

April 9, 2013 1

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

February 27, 2013 2

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.

Is another dollar-induced, Italian-inspired rate cut coming?

Is another dollar-induced, Italian-inspired rate cut coming?

February 26, 2013 1

The Reserve Bank has flagged that there may be further interest rate cuts in response to the strong dollar. In the strongest possible terms, report Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

Italian-Australians could kick Berlusconi to the kerb once and for all

February 21, 2013

Italian-Australians will join the rest of Italy in going to the polls this week. The fate of Silvio Berlusconi -- and EU financial markets -- are at stake. Italian-Australian academic Dr Bruno Mascitelli writes on the choice.

Bunga bunga actress stars in Berlusconi political encore

Bunga bunga actress stars in Berlusconi political encore

December 17, 2012 2

As Berlusconi launches into his daring bid to be prime minister for the fourth time, he is making his own kind of cameo. How does he get away with it? Josephine McKenna reports from Rome.

‘The only thing that can save us from Berlusconi is his death’

December 10, 2012 1

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has ended months of speculation and dramatically declared a return to Italian politics. So what's 'Il Cavaliere' up to, asks Josephine McKenna.