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Sicily, a Portrait of Italian Dysfunction

Businessweek just published my story on Sicily as an extreme example of Italy’s political and economic dysfunction. Giarre, a town in eastern Sicily, sits above the sea on the slopes of Mount Etna. It was once a famous collection point … Continue reading

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Alexis Tsipras’s Conquest of Greece

My profile of the Greek radical leftist Alexis Tsipras was the European cover of Bloomberg Businessweek. The headquarters of the Greek political party that could bring down the European economy lies in a rundown neighborhood in central Athens. Not far … Continue reading

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In Athens, Fear, Loathing, and Plenty of Parking

Bloomberg Businessweek just published my short take on the mood in Athens. In Greece, the lighting of the Olympic torch is normally a moment in the sun, a reminder of the country’s contributions to Western civilization. As the torch began … Continue reading

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Fiddling While Rome Burns

Time has just published my essay on Italy’s dysfunctional political scene. It says something about Italian politics that the most potent political figure to enter the arena since scandal-ridden former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a frizzy-haired bombastic comedian named … Continue reading

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Italians Rail Against a High-Speed Train Project

My piece on Italy’s No TAV movement has just been published by Businessweek. On a day in late winter in a valley in the Italian Alps, about a hundred people set off on a walk. Their path took them by … Continue reading

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A Bridge Too Far?

Time has just published my story on “How Corporations Want to Help Italy’s Crumbling Treasures — For a Price.” When famed polish movie director Roman Polanski signed up to make the film Pompeii in 2007 — a now stalled big-budget … Continue reading

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As Italy Cracks Down on Tax Cheats, the Wealthy Are Ditching Their Porsches

Time has just published my story on Italy’s fight against fast-driving tax evaders. A fast car is supposed to be a means of escape. In Italy, it’s become one of the best ways to get caught. The land of Ferrari, … Continue reading

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In Cash-Strapped Italy, Vatican Pushed to Pay More Taxes

Time has just published my piece about the Italian government’s effort to clarify the Catholic Church’s tax status. Much of the coverage of a controversial new law winding its way through the Italian Parliament has portrayed the measure as a … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Undead: Is Berlusconi Returning to Haunt Italian Politics?

My piece on the latest in Berlusconi’s trials has just been published by Time. For those hoping to watch another nail driven into Silvio Berlusconi’s coffin, the decision last weekend by a Milan court to cut short his corruption trial … Continue reading

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McMasterpiece

The Atlantic has just published my profile of the celebrity chef who designed a burger for McDonald’s. One brisk autumn day in Milan, I walked into Il Marchesino—an upscale eatery inside La Scala opera house—carrying a brown-paper takeaway bag from … Continue reading

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