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.
Charles RichardsonDec 6, 20165 Comments
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.
Alex MitchellJan 27, 20165 Comments
A new book about the Italian mafia is a must-read for cops, pollies and anyone with an interest in true crime.
Nov 17, 20148 Comments
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.
Mar 4, 20142 Comments
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.
Feb 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?
Crikey InternFeb 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.
Charles RichardsonFeb 14, 20141 Comment
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 FarmerNov 6, 20131 Comment
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.
Apr 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.