Category Archives: Italy

Italy’s Berlusconi Is Forced to Back Down in Parliament—Will He Now Bow Out?

My piece on Berlusconi’s defeat in the Italian senate has just been published by Time. On the surface, Italy‘s day ended as it began—with the country’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta in an uneasy, unstable alliance with the media mogul Silvio Berlusconi. In a last … Continue reading

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Berlusconi Rattles the Cage Again

My piece on the Italian government crisis has just been published by Time. The news broke as Italians were sitting down for their Saturday dinner: Silvio Berlusconi, the scandal-plagued media mogul, had ordered the ministers from his party to withdraw from … Continue reading

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Comedian Beppe Grillo on Italy’s Political and Economic Future

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my interview with Beppe Grillo. You started as a comic. I am still a comic, a fantastic one. Were you always political? No, I went through stages. First, a comic of jokes. Then I discovered … Continue reading

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Judges Reject Silvio Berlusconi’s Appeal, but His Political Appeal Endures

My piece on Silvio Berlusconi’s first definitive conviction has just been published by Time. For the first time, after more than two decades of high-profile judicial battles, Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been definitively convicted of a crime. After seven hours of … Continue reading

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Rome’s Graffiti Boom: Eternal City Finally Welcomes Street Art

My piece on Rome’s street art renaissance has just been published by Time. Say the words “Roman art,” and your average listener will likely think of classical statues, ornate churches and the masterworks of Michelangelo, Caravaggio and their contemporaries. But to … Continue reading

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Per Favore, Put the Euro to a Vote

My piece on why a referendum on the euro could be good for Italy has just been published by Time. Of all the proposals put forward by the wild-haired comedian turned populist politician Beppe Grillo during the run-up to Italy’s elections … Continue reading

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All the Old, Familiar Faces

My essay on Italy’s failed politics has just been published by Time. For anyone who’s spent even a modest amount of time observing Italian politics, it was difficult to watch the aftermath of the country’s elections in February and not think … Continue reading

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In New Job, Italy’s First Black Minister Confronts Culture of Casual Racism

My piece on Italy’s first black minister has just been published by Time. Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first black government minister, proposes a law that would give citizenship to the children of immigrants if they are born on Italian soil. Under the current … Continue reading

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Italy’s Compromise Government Faces Uncertain Future, Plays Into Berlusconi’s Hands

My piece on Italy’s new government has just been published by Time. It’s a solution that came after all other avenues were exhausted. On April 29, more than two months after the Italian elections, the country’s Parliament is expected to give … Continue reading

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Francis’ New Papal Style: A Comparison with Benedict

My comparison of the new pope with the old has just been published by Time. Pope Francis began his address during the March 19 ceremony marking his installation to the papacy as he has nearly every other public speech since his … Continue reading

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