By Marianne Arens, 16 January 2017
The European Parliament deputies of Italy’s Five Star Movement were to have shifted from a euroskeptic to a pro-European group. But they now find themselves back in the euroskeptic camp.
By Marianne Arens, 5 January 2017
Rarely has a party been so thoroughly unmasked as Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Rome.
By Alex Lantier and Marianne Arens, 23 December 2016
As Europe slides ever deeper into slump, tens of billions of euros are to be handed to the financial aristocracy in a bailout that only sets the stage for more social attacks.
By Marianne Arens, 13 December 2016
At the head of a transitional government, Gentiloni will continue the policies of his predecessor Matteo Renzi, particularly in dealing with the massive banking and debt crisis.
By Nick Beams, 10 December 2016
The move increases the odds of a government bailout that would impose major losses on small investors and bondholders.
By Nick Beams, 9 December 2016
President Mario Draghi emphasised that “uncertainty prevails everywhere” and it was very difficult to assess the long-term impact of the “radically new administration” in the US.
By Marianne Arens, 8 December 2016
Italy’s Senate voted in favour of the budget and thus cleared the way for Renzi’s resignation.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 December 2016
The “No” vote in Sunday's referendum has thrown Italy, together with the EU, deeper into political crisis.
By Alex Lantier and Mark Wells, 5 December 2016
The vote on Renzi’s referendum, which was rejected by a margin of 59 to 41 percent, expresses growing opposition to the institutions of European and world capitalism.
By Joint statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), Parti de l'égalité Socialiste (France) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 3 December 2016
The referendum would give the prime minister virtually unchecked powers to impose his party's agenda, in a major step towards authoritarian forms of rule.
By Nick Beams, 29 November 2016
Finance capital sees the referendum as a test of whether Prime Minister Renzi can push though “market restructuring” of the banking system and deepen attacks on the working class.
By Marianne Arens, 28 November 2016
The constitutional reform, a step toward authoritarian rule, is the key element of the program of Prime Minister Renzi.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 19 November 2016
Turning refugees away from Europe’s coasts and leaving them to drown in the Mediterranean is a crime that exposes the EU’s true brutality.
By Marianne Arens, 18 November 2016
Beppe Grillo, the initiator of the Five-Star Movement, joins a long chain of right-wing and far-right politicians who have welcomed the election of Donald Trump.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 November 2016
Amnesty International has accused the Italian security forces of using torture and ill-treatment to force refugees to be fingerprinted.
By Marc Wells, 31 October 2016
At 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, Italians in the central area of Marche and Umbria were woken by a violent earthquake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.
In run-up to constitutional referendum
By Marianne Arens, 29 October 2016
The latest earthquake has disrupted Matteo Renzi’s referendum campaign for December 4.
By Marianne Arens, 4 October 2016
Italy is experiencing a wave of strikes by rail workers, flight attendants and teachers that are also directed against the traditional unions.
By Marianne Arens, 1 October 2016
The referendum is a step towards authoritarian forms of rule and lays the basis for fierce attacks on Italian workers.
By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2016
Two weeks after the earthquake in central Italy on August 24, it is clear that the devastation and loss of life was not due to a “natural disaster” but corruption and government indifference.
By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2016
Basing itself on a new “anti-terror” law, the Renzi government is deploying Italian soldiers in Libya without the consent of parliament.
By Marianne Arens, 26 August 2016
Italy’s civil defence organisation and volunteers continue to dig in the hope of saving those still buried alive.
By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2016
At least 200 have died, hundreds are still missing, thousands were injured and tens of thousands have been left homeless.
By Alex Lantier, 23 August 2016
Amid the escalating crisis unleashed by the Brexit vote, the remaining major EU powers barely succeeded in papering over the divisions between them.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 14 July 2016
European economic and financial experts anticipate that Italy’s banking crisis could trigger Europe’s next great crisis.
By our reporter, 13 July 2016
The single track where the trains collided has no automatic braking system similar to other areas in Italy’s poorer southern regions.
By Marianne Arens, 22 June 2016
The electoral victory of the nationalist Five Star Movement in two Italian cities is a resounding defeat for the government of Matteo Renzi.
By Marianne Arens, 9 June 2016
Poor results for Democratic Party candidates and gains for Grillo’s Five Star Movement are clear signs of dissatisfaction with the Renzi government.
By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2016
Italian student and journalist Giulio Regeni was tortured to death in Egypt in January in a bestial manner.
By Marianne Arens, 9 April 2016
Italy, the EU and the US are preparing their next military intervention in Libya.
By Marianne Arens, 9 February 2016
Stock markets across the world experienced a sharp downturn at the beginning of 2016, with the stock exchange in Milan affected particularly severely.
By Marianne Arens, 8 February 2016
On January 11, 500 steel workers occupied the city hall in Genoa to protest the likely loss of their jobs.
By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2015
Italian pseudo-left politician Nichi Vendola is dissolving his SEL organisation and preparing to establish a new “political subject” modelled on Syriza.
By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2015
The right-wing Lega Nord was the main beneficiary as Italy’s governing Democratic Party lost significant support amid low voter turnout.
By Marianne Arens, 8 May 2015
The reforms will provide the government with more room to act independently of the will of the electorate.
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 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.