Against a background of a rampant Berlusconi protesing innocence and Prime Minister Letta of the cowering in silence and Italy's radical left has made a series of initiatives saying it can unite resis
The swearing-in ceremony on Sunday 28 April of the Enrico Letta government was momentarily interrupted by the attempt of an armed individual to “make the politicians pay”. But nothing can overshadow the depth of defeat the coming to power of this government signals for Italy’s working people.
This is the description of Marco Travagio, Italy’s finest radical journalist, of the decision of Friday 19 April by electors in Italy’s lower house to return 87 year old Giorgio Napolitano to the office of president, only weeks after a seven-year stint in the role ended.
I was puzzled, and indeed rather shocked, by Hugh Edwards’ concluding paragraphs in his article “What is the 5 Star Movement” (Solidarity 277, 6 March) in which Hugh argues: “M5S has to widen its demands, political, economic and social”.
Beppe Grillo’s 5 Star Movement (M5S) is tapping and now successfully channelling outrage, anger and hatred, has fabricated a massive internet-based “anti political radical populism” unique in Europe and it is now the largest single political force in Italy, with 108 seats in La Camera and 54 in the Senate.
Italy’s general election has produced a stalemate.
Amidst the deepening uncertainities about how last weekend's elections in Italy will pan out, we can be sure of one thing only: whatever permutation of centre-left and /or centre-right forces that, ne
The general election of 24-25 February will see the arrival in Italy’s parliament of a large contingent from a new political movement, the Five Star Movement (Movimento Cinque Stelle or M5S) of the 64-year-old comedian Beppe Grillo.
The prospect of elections in February have dramatically opened up and sharpened the contradictions inherent in Monti’s technocratic regime.
This year I spent Christmas in Rome with the intention of visiting my wife’s family and friends.