openDemocracy – Europe

I’ve been in politics for over ten years in the UK and I like following British, Italian and, as far as possible, Europe-wide politics. I’m Associate Editor for the European page of openDemocracy, for which I write most of my ‘political’ articles.

Grazie Italia – A Ray of Hope in a Distrustful Europe (27 May 2014)

This is a crucial opportunity for Italy to make its mark and counter the dogma of austerity as much as the division between so-called core countries and peripheral countries. It is an opportunity for proposing alternatives and a path of growth. … Read Here

Matteo Renzi: All Italy Needs is to Believe (20 Mar 2014)

For his detractors, Matteo Renzi is a new Berlusconi pursuing charisma, rather than articulate political ideas. Written off by left-wing commentators as ambitious and superficial, Italy’s youngest ever Prime Minister is fighting for Italy’s soul … Read Here

A European TV (4 Nov 2013)

The Eurozone crisis has plunged southern Europeans into poverty and unemployment. It has created irreparable divisions between the north and the south of Europe. No sign of economic and political convergence is in sight. Fear not, TV will save us. … Read Here

Sowing the Seeds of an Italian Spring (26 Feb 2013)

The Italian election resulted in a deadlock with no clear winner. But while Italy is stuck between politics as usual and a sterile protest vote, the seeds of a ‘liberal revolution’ have discretely been sown. Could this mark the beginning of an Italian spring? … read Here

Six Characters in Search of a Country: The Italian Vote for Italians Outside Italy (22 Feb 2013)

As Italy is heading to the polls on Sunday for ‘the most important election in 30 years’, the vote of Italians living abroad will partly determine the formation of the next government. How do these expats feel about Italian politics, and how are they going to vote? … Read Here

Of Power & Democracy: The Rise and Fall of Mario Monti (7 Feb 2013)

In November 2011, Mario Monti, an academic and former European Commissioner, was seen as the providential man to save Italy from its troubles. Now, only one year and a few months later, he is trailing behind in the polls and set to lose the upcoming elections. What happened? … Read Here

Belief in the Union: Solidarity with the Greeks (14 Jun 2012)

They think ‘Europe’ is ‘foreign affairs’. But Europe is nothing if it is not its citizens. That is why, the day before the Greek elections, a demonstration in solidarity with the Greek people will take place in Dublin. … Read Here

From European Crisis to European Democracy (15 May 2012)

European politicians are seeking to follow the moods of the public rather than to shape them. Europeans do not want Europe to fail, but Europe cannot rest solely on the actions of the German Chancellor, the French President, or the President of the European Central Bank. … Read Here

Nationalism Casts a Shadow over European Democracy (14 Dec 2011)

It is nation states that have emasculated European institutions. What is often branded as the ‘national interest’ is nothing but a justification for the pursuit of internal politics. … Read Here


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