By Mariane Arens, 8 April 2015
While the airlines continue to attack employees’ wages and working conditions, the unions pursue a purely nationalist strategy directed against their own members.
By Marianne Arens, 3 March 2015
The threat of military intervention in Libya is driven by Italian oil and business interests and the need to divert attention from growing domestic tensions.
By Marianne Arens, 13 January 2015
Italy’s government and politicians are exploiting the terrorist attack in Paris to establish authoritarian forms of rule.
By Chris Marsden, 3 January 2015
Within the span of three days, two ships carrying hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Africa seeking refuge in Europe were rescued after the ships’ crews abandoned the vessels.
By Stefan Steinberg, 30 December 2014
Both the Greek and Italian ferry services have been under pressure to reduce their operating costs as part of austerity measures dictated by the EU and IMF.
By Marianne Arens, 15 December 2014
Renzi has the backing of an all-party political alliance and can also rely on the support of the union leadership in enforcing his anti-labour reform plans.
By Marc Wells, 5 December 2014
Protests broke out in Rome against the Renzi government’s Jobs Act, a labor reform that removes basic workers’ rights and guarantees.
By Marc Wells and Marianne Arens, 2 December 2014
In regional elections in Emilia-Romagna and Calabria, nearly two thirds of the electorate abstained from voting.
By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2014
Violent clashes took place between demonstrators and police in several Italian cities last Friday.
By our correspondent, 12 November 2014
The response of the government has been to unleash police violence against demonstrators.
By Anthony Torres, 3 November 2014
In the negotiations, the French and Italian governments agreed to impose deep attacks on the social rights of the working class.
By Stefan Steinberg, 28 October 2014
Saturday’s mass demonstration was called by the trade unions to preempt any effective action against the government and cover up the role of the unions in developing the new legislation.
By Marianne Arens, 7 October 2014
The goal of the new jobs act is the creation of a labour market in which companies can hire and fire workers as they please, and exploit them for the lowest wages.
By Marc Wells, 12 September 2014
A leading spokesman for the right-wing Italian party criticized Washington’s role in order to advance the interests of Italian and European capital.
By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014
Italy’s dispatch of weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq is part of a wider aggressive policy pursued by Germany and the EU.
By Marianne Arens, 14 August 2014
The support for the Scottish independence campaign by Italy’s extreme right-wing Northern League confirms that it is a reactionary project.
By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2014
Steinmeier cynically uses commemorations of Nazi war crimes to obscure the crimes of Berlin’s current war policy.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 1 July 2014
The alliance with UKIP is confirmation of the right-wing character of Beppe Grillo’s M5S.
By Marianne Arens, 11 June 2014
The election victory by the Democrats is above all due to the absence of any genuinely left alternative to their right-wing politics.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2014
Given the hostility to the EU and the Renzi government, the list "Another Europe with Tsipras" plays a crucial role in preventing the emergence of a left-wing opposition movement of the working class.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 March 2014
The Italian authorities’ boasting about the recent rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean is a cynical cover for their anti-refugee policies.
By Marc Wells, 4 March 2014
Italy’s new premier, Matteo Renzi, has approved a decree that prepares the framework for an unprecedented assault on public workers and services as well as the selloff of cultural assets.
By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2014
Combined with rhetoric about uniting the nation, the end of ideological struggles and the courage to make radical decisions, Renzi declared war on the working class.
By Marianne Arens, 15 February 2014
Matteo Renzi has organised what amounts to a palace coup to overthrow his party colleague, Enrica Letta.
By our correspondents, 4 February 2014
Electrolux intends to close its northern Italian plants unless workers’ wages are drastically reduced.
By Marianne Arens, 31 January 2014
Most recently, Renzi teamed up with Silvio Berlusconi to put Letta under pressure, whom he would like to replace as government leader.
By Marianne Arens, 21 December 2013
The main source of support for the Forconi movement comes from farmers, long-distance drivers, traders and small businessmen.
By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2013
Migrants at a camp on the island of Lampedusa were forced to strip naked, in mixed company, and then hosed down by staff.
By Marianne Arens, 12 December 2013
While a wave of protests has hit Italy, the 38-year-old mayor of Florence won the election for leader of the bourgeois “left” Democratic Party.
By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2013
Prime Minister Letta said the way was now open for the implementation of “reforms” and an austerity budget.
By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2013
While Berlusconi announced on Saturday his party’s return to the name Forza Italia, Angelino Alfano unveiled a new party.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2013
Even after surviving a second no-confidence vote at the beginning of October, the Italian government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta is staggering from one crisis to the next.
By Mariane Arens, 21 October 2013
The so-called stability law 2014 mandates spending cuts of close to €12 billion and tax cuts for business of €3.7 billion.
By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2013
Many refugees who have died off the Italian island of Lampedusa are fleeing imperialist wars in countries like Libya, Syria and Somalia.
By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2013
This shocking tragedy brings renewed attention to the toll in lives from the European Union’s reactionary Frontex anti-immigrant legislation.
By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2013
After the loss of 300 lives in the boat disaster off Lampedusa, the EU is demanding even more measures against immigrants fleeing poverty and war.
By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2013
The Italian government is responsible for the deaths of up to 400 migrants off the southern island of Lampedusa.
By Robert Stevens, 4 October 2013
Over the past months, there has been a vast increase in the numbers of asylum seekers attempting to enter Europe via this route.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2013
Rather than a “historic day for Italian democracy,” Wednesday’s confidence vote was a closing of ranks within the ruling class for a fresh assault on the working class.
By Marianne Arens, 30 September 2013
The Italian government is set to collapse just five months after taking office.
By Marianne Arens, 5 August 2013
Following the conviction of Silvio Berlusconi, his People of Freedom party is threatening to pull its ministers out of the coalition government led by the Democratic Party.
By Stefan Steinberg, 30 July 2013
The Naples crash is the second deadly transport accident in Europe over the last week.
By our correspondent, 21 June 2013
Suicides related to economic causes have increased 30 percent in the past four years, according to a recent report.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2013
Many who had voted for Grillo’s Five Star Movement in the parliamentary elections found that he has no answer to the social crisis in Italy.
By Marianne Arens, 22 May 2013
On May 14, Beppe Grillo published a racist blog post appealing to far-right forces.
By Stefan Steinberg, 20 May 2013
Trade union leaders used a large demonstration in Rome on Saturday to cover their tracks in supporting the recently formed coalition government led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 15 May 2013
An appellate court has handed down a four-year prison sentence for tax evasion to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
By Chris Marsden, 2 May 2013
Enrico Letta heads a coalition tasked with continuing the savage austerity measures begun under Mario Monti.
By Chris Marsden, 29 April 2013
The formation of a Grand Coalition government in Italy shows the degree to which the global financial oligarchy dominates political life.
By Mike Jobson, 29 April 2013
Italian prosecutors ordered the seizure of €1.8 billion in a probe of Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank.
By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2013
After two months of crisis following February’s elections, recently reinstalled Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has tasked Enrico Letta with forming a government.
By Peter Schwarz, 22 April 2013
The reelection of Georgio Napolitano as Italian president is a strictly temporary solution.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2013
The election of Italy’s president, like the previous general election, has exposed deep divisions and bitter power struggles within the ruling elite.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 12 April 2013
Seven weeks after the Italian election, the Democratic Party and the People of Freedom party are discussing a grand coalition to form a government.
By Stefan Steinberg, 10 April 2013
At the end of last week the Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano, issued a pardon to US colonel Joseph Romano who was involved in a CIA rendition operation in Italy.
As government crisis drags on
By Marianne Arens, 4 April 2013
The ruling class in Italy is desperately seeking to override the election result of February 25 and develop a political mechanism to continue the austerity policies that were decisively rejected by the electorate.
By Marianne Arens, 28 March 2013
A month after Italian elections produced a hung parliament, the latest attempts to form a government have collapsed amid mass opposition to austerity.
By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2013
Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone is responding to the declining European tyre market by cutting jobs in southern Italy.
By Marc Wells and Peter Schwarz, 9 March 2013
To understand the rise of Beppo Grillo one must take account the deep crisis of European capitalism and the bankruptcy of the traditional parties of the “left”.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 6 March 2013
Italian parties are trying to form a government to continue the austerity measures of ex-premier Mario Monti.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2013
The Italian general election last weekend is a watershed event in the political development of Europe.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2013
Italian voters have unambiguously rejected the policies of the Monti government and the European Union.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2013
The Italian election result presages fierce social conflicts and political upheavals.
By Marc Wells, 12 February 2013
Rifondazione is joining the Citizens’ Revolution alliance of prosecutor Antonio Ingroia, completing its transformation into a bourgeois party.
By Marianne Arens, 8 February 2013
Italy’s former prime minister used the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day to praise the fascist “Duce” Benito Mussolini.
By Paul Bond, 29 January 2013
As the social catastrophe deepens, all parties in Italy’s general election have agreed to impose further austerity measures.
By Paul Mitchell, 25 January 2013
Italy’s recession will be worse than previously expected this year, the Bank of Italy said last week as it cut its 2013 estimate for economic growth.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 24 January 2013
The Five-Star Movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo is regarded as the protest organisation with the best chance of success in the Italian elections.
By Alex Lantier, 31 December 2012
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has announced plans to lead an electoral coalition based on a pro-austerity “Agenda Monti for Italy.”
By Peter Schwarz, 11 December 2012
Monti resigned for tactical reasons. He is attempting to secure a long-term and stable parliamentary majority for his increasingly unpopular austerity measures.
By Marianne Arens, 5 December 2012
Employees of the Ilva steel group carried out demonstrations throughout Italy last week to protest against the closure of the company’s main plant in Taranto.
By Marianne Arens, 22 November 2012
Voters’ illusions about Sicily’s new regional president, Rosario Crocetto, are bound to explode as the economic crisis continues to create fertile ground for the Mafia and other reactionary organizations.
By our reporters, 15 November 2012
Hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets Wednesday in a number of European countries to demonstrate against rising unemployment and the austerity measures dictated by the European Union and the IMF.
By Marianne Arens, 9 November 2012
Seven scientists convicted to long sentences by a court in L’Aquila, Italy are being scapegoated for the disastrous consequences of the 2009 earthquake.
By Marc Wells, 5 November 2012
Media tycoon and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted October 26 of tax fraud in a Milan court and sentenced to four years’ jail time and five years’ ban from public office.
By Mike Jobson, 17 September 2012
On September 10 about 500 Alcoa workers from Sardinia travelled to Rome to protest the imminent closure of their plant located in Portovesme.
By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2012
On Sunday evening over 100 miners began an occupation of the Carbosulcis coal mine, which is situated on the southwest coast of Sardinia.
By Marianne Arens, 22 August 2012
An Italian town has erected a monument to the notorious fascist, Rodolfo Graziani.
By Marianne Arens, 10 July 2012
The new austerity package of Italian premier Mario Monti agreed last week will cut an additional €26 billion at the expense of the working population.
By Marianne Arens, 2 June 2012
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna, killing 7 and injuring more than 50.
By Marianne Arens, 9 May 2012
Traditional parties and politicians lost heavily in Italian local elections held last weekend.
By Marianne Arens, 16 April 2012
While the Monti government's austerity measures are fueling social opposition, the extreme right-wing Northern League is trying to channel popular anger and despair along racist lines.
By Marianne Arens, 30 March 2012
Italian prime minister Mario Monti knows he has nothing to fear from the unions and Italy’s pseudo-leftist organisations as he introduces his new labour reform.
By Mike Jobson, 26 March 2012
On Friday the Italian cabinet approved a reform advanced by the unelected Monti government to scrap Article 18 of Italy’s labor code.
By David Walsh, 17 March 2012
Ongoing protests by Italian truck drivers against the government’s austerity measures and the price of fuel have cut production at several of automaker Fiat’s plants.
By Marianne Arens, 7 March 2012
The Italian government and the employers’ federation are intent on abolishing the country’s employment protection laws and are relying on the support of the trade unions.
By Mark Church, 6 March 2012
The ancient Roman town is in great danger due to years of under-funding and over-exploitation, producing widespread degradation and the collapse of ruins.
By Marianne Arens, 18 February 2012
More than 60 people have died as a result of cold weather and snowstorms in the east and northeast of Italy.
By Martin Nowak, 2 February 2012
Two weeks after the sinking of the Costa Concordia, the dirty side of the lucrative cruise business is increasingly coming to light.
By Mike Jobson, 1 February 2012
Strikes and protests continue in Italy after strikes by truckers and fishermen against austerity policies paralysed the country early last week.
By Mike Jobson, 27 January 2012
Yesterday the government of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti moved to crush protests by truckers, fishermen, and other professions hit by Monti’s unpopular social attacks.
By Mike Jobson, 26 January 2012
On January 9, the aluminum company Alcoa announced the closure of its primary aluminum plant in Portovesme, on the Italian island of Sardinia.
By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2012
Truckers and taxi drivers blocked roads and highways throughout Italy, as protests spread against the social cuts of Prime Minister Mario Monti.
By Stefan Steinberg, 19 January 2012
Beyond the role played by the captain, an examination of the broader issues in the capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship suggests that it was an accident waiting to happen.
By James Brewer, 17 January 2012
Rescuers are still searching for survivors in a capsized ocean liner off the coast of Tuscany.
By Marianne Arens, 6 January 2012
The new head of the Italian government has made significant changes in the country’s foreign policy.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 5 January 2012
Just before Christmas the Italian parliament adopted a package of austerity measures totalling €80 billion in cuts, hitting pensioners, workers and the socially disadvantaged.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 December 2011
An Italian author with links to the extreme right shot down two immigrants and seriously wounded three others in Florence on Tuesday before taking his own life.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 December 2011
In response to pressure from financial markets and European leaders, Italy’s new prime minister, Mario Monti, has moved quickly to introduce new austerity measures.
By Marc Wells, 2 December 2011
The decision by Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne to terminate collective bargaining agreements starting by January 2012 is an historic attack on basic rights won by workers over decades of bitter struggle.