'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

'Aren't We Human Beings?': One Year After the Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 09, 2014

When over 300 refugees drowned off the coast of Italy last October, the incident prompted widespread outcry and promises to save more lives. But 12 months later, the fates of the survivors show just how broken Europe's refugee system really is. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

Bungle Bungle: Italy's Failed Economic Turnaround

Bungle Bungle: Italy's Failed Economic Turnaround

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 06, 2014

Ever since Matteo Renzi became Italy's new prime minister, officials in Berlin and Brussels have had newfound belief that Italy's deep-seated economic problems are being tackled. But that won't happen until the country stops deceiving itself. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp more... Comment ]

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

Europe's Deadly Borders: An Inside Look at EU's Shameful Immigration Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2014

Along the frontiers between Spain and Morocco, Greece and Turkey and Hungary and Serbia, the EU is deploying brutal methods to keep out undesired refugees. Many risk everything for a future in Europe and their odysseys too often end in death. By Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

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 ]

The Downfall of Rome: Can a New Mayor Stop the City's Decline?

The Downfall of Rome: Can a New Mayor Stop the City'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 Jörg Diehl more... Comment ]

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

The Gospel of Matteo: Italy's New Prime Minister Promises 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-Jürgen 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 ]