07 January 2014
Sylvestre Jaffard asks if the protests against governments of the centre left in Italy and France are the shape of things to come
19 November 2013
Thousands of students protested in Rome and other Italian cities last week against massive cuts in the 2014 budget
12 November 2013
Italian authorities have arrested a man for being one of the traffickers responsible for a fatal sinking last month, when at least 366 migrants died.
21 May 2013
Protest in Italy, carnage in Iraq, shortages in Venezuela
30 April 2013
Italy’s newly elected prime minister Enrico Letta has formed a coalition government. It brings together his own centre-left Democratic party with Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom camp.
23 April 2013
The Italian parliament has re-elected Giorgio Napolitano as its president in the sixth round of voting. The country has been gripped by a political crisis since a general election in February failed to deliver a majority.
05 April 2013
Political parties in Italy face mounting pressure to form a “unity” government and end the impasse that has gripped the country since February's inconclusive elections.
21 March 2013
Italy’s ruling class is in disarray.
31 December 2012
Monti will run against Berlusconi
Italy’s ruling class is in turmoil once more in the run-up to next month’s general election.
27 November 2012
Italy’s students occupy and march
City centres across Italy were brought to a halt on Saturday of last week as students and workers marched against the austerity measures implemented by Mario Monti’s government.
14 November 2012
Workers walked out today in general strikes across Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece as well as parts of Belgium.
30 October 2012
Millions of workers in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are set to walk out together in less than two weeks time, in an unprecedented general strike across southern Europe.
02 October 2012
France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and—last but not least—Spain. A storm of anti-austerity protest has been sweeping through Europe.
17 July 2012
Ratings agency Moody’s downgraded some of Italy’s major banks on Monday of this week.
10 April 2012
Mario Monti’s government in Italy is in a deepening crisis. He has watered down his flagship labour reforms, and now business leaders have slammed them.
03 January 2012
New Year cheer is in short supply judging by the latest statements from European leaders. Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy and Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano all began the year by warning of more pain to come.
13 December 2011
A huge strike wave involving thousands of workers kicked off in Italy this week. The country’s three main union federations—the CGIL, CISL and UIL—joined together for their first united strikes for six years.
06 December 2011
Unelected leader Mario Monti has forced through 30 billion euros of austerity cuts by parliamentary decree. These new cuts will be implemented before Italy’s parliament can discuss them.
22 November 2011
There is huge uncertainty across Europe. Bank shares are plunging, France is facing a possible credit rating downgrade and the markets are falling sharply in France, Spain, Italy and Germany.
15 November 2011
Italians have been celebrating the downfall of their hated prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who resigned in disgrace last night (Saturday).