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

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

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?

Young Italians wrestle a job market that favours old, unfireable

Young Italians wrestle a job market that favours old, unfireable

The jobless rate for young Italians is now 35%. Some are starting companies, some swallowing their pride and taking jobs they hate -- and some are turning to suicide, writes Josephine McKenna from Rome.

Hold the champagne corks, Berlusconi ain’t leaving yet

Hold the champagne corks, Berlusconi ain’t leaving yet

Italy's former PM Silvio Berlusconi had been sentenced to jail -- yet he's already discussing his political comeback. And he's got some supporters, writes Josephine McKenna from Rome.

ECB moves to save euro all tripe to Sicily sellers

ECB moves to save euro all tripe to Sicily sellers

As the European Central Bank was announcing its ambitious plan to save the euro late last week, Giovanni Calabri was wondering how to feed his family in the heart of Italy’s troubled south, writes Josephine McKenna.

The joke’s on Monti as Berlusconi readies to run for PM

The joke’s on Monti as Berlusconi readies to run for PM

Silvio Berlusconi has re-emerged from the shadows to declare himself a candidate for prime minister next year, writes Josephine McKenna, an Australian freelance journalist in Rome.

Hi ho Silvio, a way … to come back as a minister

Hi ho Silvio, a way … to come back as a minister

In the past couple of weeks he has been staging a highly manipulative resurrection of sorts, writes Josephine McKenna, an Australian freelance journalist in Rome

Rundle: thrown under the train in Spain

Rundle: thrown under the train in Spain

Flinging Spaniards back into substantial poverty is not something the Rajoy government is overly concerned about -- the very poor tend to be too busy surviving to have much time for organised political resistance.

Kohler: the elephant in the economic room

Kohler: the elephant in the economic room

The Spanish bank bailout may have taken some heat out of the European crisis, but it's likely to be short lived as Italy's debt trap reminds the world why it should never have been admitted to the EMU.

Grey-haired comic becomes the face of Italy’s disaffected

Grey-haired comic becomes the face of Italy’s disaffected

Beppe Grillo is an unlikely political hero. He is a comedian with a caustic wit better suited to stand-up rather than the Italian parliament, writes Josephine McKenna, an Australian freelance journalist in Rome.

Italian crime fighters turn (on) the other chic in fashion fake war

Italian crime fighters turn (on) the other chic in fashion fake war

In the past 12 months raids from Milan to Taranto have delivered millions of euros in fake fashion merchandise, writes Josephine McKenna, an Australian freelance journalist in Rome.