Italy's Strange Campaign: Berlusconi, Five Star and the Road to Political Gridlock

Italy's Strange Campaign: Berlusconi, Five Star and the Road to Political Gridlock

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2018

A disillusioned electorate, multi-billion-euro campaign promises and the return of Silvio Berlusconi: Italy is muddling its way through a strange election campaign with an uncertain outcome. The consequences for Europe could be significant. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Jihad on the Mediterranean? 'I Heard Their Screams, and Then They Were Gone'

Jihad on the Mediterranean? 'I Heard Their Screams, and Then They Were Gone'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 11, 2018

Seven Muslim refugees from Africa were recently convicted in Italy of throwing Christians from a dinghy on the journey across the Mediterranean. Prosecutors say it was a crime of faith. But was it? By Fiona Ehlers more...


Paradise Looted: How Sicily Became Ungovernable

Paradise Looted: How Sicily Became Ungovernable

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 10, 2017

Italy's poorest region, Sicily, is the country's problem child. Now it has elected a new government. To fix the island, it will have to overcome corruption and widespread Mafia control - and figure out how to convince its population not to leave. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Where Dreams Come to Die: Migrant Path in Europe Ends at Brenner Pass

Where Dreams Come to Die: Migrant Path in Europe Ends at Brenner Pass

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2017

Migrants who make it across the Mediterranean to Italy dream of continuing on to northern Europe. Most, though, are unable to make it past the Brenner Pass. A visit to Europe's waiting room. By Fiona Ehlers more... Comment ]


The Deadly Mediterranean Route: EU Seeks to Ward Off New Refugee Crisis

The Deadly Mediterranean Route: EU Seeks to Ward Off New Refugee Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 04, 2017

The number of migrants crossing the dangerous Mediterranean route has risen significantly since the beginning of the year. European officials fear the situation could further deteriorate. So far, though, Brussels hasn't been able to agree on a solution. By Christiane Hoffmann, Walter Mayr, Peter Müller, Christoph Schult and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt more... Comment ]

Italian Leader Steps Down: Day of Reckoning for Renzi

Italian Leader Steps Down: Day of Reckoning for Renzi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi failed to get the result he wanted in a critical referendum on Sunday. With the announcement of his intention to resign, Italy and Europe face storms ahead. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]


Renzi's High Stakes Poker: Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

Renzi's High Stakes Poker: Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may be facing defeat in a game of high-stakes poker with the electorate. If the Dec. 4 constitutional referendum fails, there are dark clouds on the horizon for Europe's future. The country is in poor economic shape and financial markets are alarmed. By Martin Hesse, Walter Mayr, Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Following the Money: On the Trail of African Migrant Smugglers

Following the Money: On the Trail of African Migrant Smugglers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2016

Since 2013, over 10,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Behind the deaths lies a multi-million dollar smuggling trade with financial connections to Frankfurt, Italy and Libya. By Alexander Bühler, Susanne Koelbl, Sandro Mattioli and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


Tragedy and Destruction: Italian Quake Is a Test for Goverment in Rome

Tragedy and Destruction: Italian Quake Is a Test for Goverment in Rome

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

This week's devastating earthquake in Italy, with more than 260 deaths, will be a leadership test for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The state's failures after the 2009 catastrophe in L'Aquila have not been forgotten. By Fiona Ehlers and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Exceeding Expectations: Federica Mogherini Is Hope of European Social Democrats

Exceeding Expectations: Federica Mogherini Is Hope of European Social Democrats

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2016

Early on, many considered Federica Mogherini to be too young and inexperienced for the EU's top diplomatic post. Today, her name is being tossed in the ring as a potential leading European politician. By Peter Müller in Brussels more... Comment ]