Yearning for Change: Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger

Yearning for Change: Italian Diplomacy Just Got Younger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 04, 2014

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised change for his country. His new foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, embodies the desire to shake things up. Just 41 years old, she lacks extensive experience, but is full of confidence. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

TheáDownfall of Rome: Can a New MayoráStop theáCity's Decline?

TheáDownfall of Rome: Can a New MayoráStop theáCity's Decline?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2014

Pilgrims from around the world are expected in Rome this weekend for the canonization of two former popes. They will find an Italian capital that is increasingly squalid and close to bankruptcy. The city's new mayor is hoping he can turn it around. By Walter Mayr in Rome more... Comment ]

'I Will Tear His Head Off': How the Italian Mafia Is Infiltrating Germany

'I Will Tear His Head Off': How the Italian Mafia Is Infiltrating Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 08, 2014

A trial currently underway in Cologne showcases the extent of the Italian Mob's infiltration of German society and the construction business. Critics claim authorities have been far too lax in cracking down on Mafia activity. By J÷rg Diehl more... Comment ]

The Gospel of Matteo: Italy's New Prime MinisteráPromises Radical Reform

The Gospel of Matteo: Italy's New Prime MinisteráPromises Radical Reform

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2014

New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is a neophyte on the national stage. But he has lofty ambitions nonetheless. A look back at his time as the mayor of Florence provides a glimpse of how he might run Italy. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

The Mafia's Deadly Garbage: Italy's Growing Toxic Waste Scandal

The Mafia's Deadly Garbage: Italy's Growing Toxic Waste Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2014

For decades, the Mafia has been dumping toxic waste illegally in the region north of Naples. Recently declassified testimony shows that leading politicians have known about the problem for years, yet done nothing about it -- even as the death toll climbs. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Il Cavaliere No More: Expulsion Spells Berlusconi's Demise

Il Cavaliere No More: Expulsion Spells Berlusconi's Demise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

By voting to expel former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Senate has brought a long struggle to an end. The controversial former leader now faces new legal threats -- and maybe even a lengthy jail term. By Hans-JŘrgen Schlamp more... Comment ]

The Great Sell-Off: Milan Mired in Crisis of Money and Spirit

The Great Sell-Off: Milan Mired in Crisis of Money and Spirit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 26, 2013

The days when Milan could call itself a bastion of growth and progress in Italy seem to be gone. As the crisis swells the ranks of the poor, members of the city's business elite are jockeying for foreign investors while squabbling with courts over various legal entanglements. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

MafiaLeaks: Italian Portal Takes Aim at Organized Crime

MafiaLeaks: Italian Portal Takes Aim at Organized Crime

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

A new group in Italy is seeking to break the mafia's code of silence by providing informants the means to safely reveal information to the media or authorities via an anonymous Internet portal. The site's founders are hoping for tip-offs from abroad too By Hans-JŘrgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]

EU Apathy: Leaders Fail to MakeáProgress at Summit

EU Apathy: Leaders Fail to MakeáProgress at Summit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

This week's European Council summit was sidelined by new accusations of US spying in Europe. But despite the distraction, it's clear EU leaders have deferred plans for greater integration, and lack the political will to address pressing concerns like migration. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Rest in Ignominy: Clashes Disrupt Funeral for Nazi War Criminal

Rest in Ignominy: Clashes Disrupt Funeral for Nazi War Criminal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2013

Violent clashes erupted on Tuesday between anti-Fascist protesters and neo-Nazis outside Rome when a small ultra-conservative Catholic sect tried to hold a funeral for recently deceased Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke. Italian officials say they may send the body to Germany. more... Comment ]