April 9, 2013
ROME-- Like the odour of a stale changing room, the smell of fascism keeps on reappearing. Stale sweat and cheap cigarettes just need some springcleaning but while Italy’s houses tend to be spotless, the political house leaves a lot to be desired.
April 5, 2013
From World War II till the early 90s Italy’s electorate was highly “viscous” -- every vote was won by the Christian Democrat-led alliances.
April 4, 2013
Pope Benedict and his successor could hardly be more different, but between them they have a good chance of revolutionizing the image of the Roman Catholic Church.
March 1, 2013
February 20, 2013
ROME - In Henry II’s time it was much easier to deal with the other institutional powers in the country.
ROME - It is unwise to learn your part when you are already centre stage… even unwiser to change parts.
February 15, 2013
ROME - 10 Feb was the “Day of Remembrance” (Giorno del ricordo) in which Italy remembers the Italians either killed or forced to leave Yugoslavia at the end of World War II.
ROME - In order not to “host events with political implications”, the director of Rome’s modern art gallery the Maxxi, has cancelled screening a controversial film.
February 14, 2013
ROME - There is a spectre haunting Italy - the spectre of the Beppe Grillo, the Genoese comic turned populist leader of the Five Star Movement (M5S).
ROME - Pope Benedict being in the monastery in the Vatican Gardens might influence the conclave.
February 13, 2013
ROME - Soon Benedict will retire to a monastery, no longer Holy Father but a godfather, not of Cosa Nostra, more like the mostly
February 12, 2013
LONDON - News of the Pope’s resignation has sent shockwaves throughout the world.
February 6, 2013
ROME-- Lance Armstrong's admission of guilt got people talking about performance enhancing drugs but other successful athletes likely will be discovered frauds before the storm blows over.
February 4, 2013
ROME - In Puccini’s La Bohème, the best aria for the philosopher, Colline is his farewell to his old coat, “vecchia zimarra”.
February 1, 2013
ABOARD THE TRANS SIBERIAN EXPRESS -- I am sitting in the somewhat dated but cosy Restaurant Car as we speed across the forested plain between Krasnoysk and Irkutsk on the Trans Siberian railway.
January 30, 2013
ROME - On Sunday evening the lights on the Colosseum were turned off as part of Rome’s contribution to the Day of Memory.
January 29, 2013
Rome – On September 13, 1978, the Corriere della Sera published on page 1 a letter by a 50-year-old man whose love was unreciprocated by a girl much younge
ROME - The Day of Memory is a moment when the world looks back on the Shoah.
January 22, 2013
ROME - Today Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, a visibly older and, I would guess, politically wiser man than four years ago.
January 4, 2013
VERONA - In July 2005, I argued that the Italian government should cut the cash it hands out to Italian Universities - Mario Monti’s government did just that.
December 17, 2012
ROME - Politics is about power and policy, the two motivations for anyone to get involved.
December 11, 2012
ROME - A tactless remark from a cabinet minister was the cue for Silvio Berlusconi to storm back onto center-stage. The consequences for Italy and for the rest of Europe are likely to be dire.
December 10, 2012
ROME - On the Italian chessboard a year of positioning is moving rapidly towards a conclusion.
August 29, 2012
ROME- Summer in Italy is not just sun and sea, pasta and pizza, there is culture too, music for all tastes but also quite serious discussions.
July 11, 2012
ROME- As bad puns go, this one is old and stale, I know, but the would-be seceders are not exactly fresh, some more than others.
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