Edoardo Campanella is an economic adviser to the Italian Senate and a former economist of the World Trade Organization.
Franco “Bifo” Berardi is a marxist theorist, activist, and writer.
Max Marioni works for a global financial services company in London. Previous to that he worked for the European Commission’s representative office in Italy, the British Council in London and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin. He has a degree in European Studies and a Master in International Relations. His fields of interest include EU affairs, financial policy, regulation and compliance, and Russian politics.
Lamentations about the state of the Italian economy have become so commonplace, Italians barely react to them. But Italy’s public debt problem has proven big enough to make a splash.
Italian soccer clubs have a racism problem. It’s indicative of the sorry state of Italian civil society that almost nobody dares to speak openly about it.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is bringing stability to Italy with his grand coalition and electoral reforms. But how long will it last?
The battle in Italy over the revaluation of pensions has made the country’s tricky financial situation worse. Could the resulting climate drive Italy to follow Greece away from the euro?
Germany continues to push for austerity abroad – and has helped to spark a populist reaction in Italy. Maybe Europeans can learn a lesson from the US about failed interventionism.
Berlusconi may still be able to tiptoe around his current legal problems, but this time his political career is finished. What comes next has the chance to rescue the Italian economy.