Lampedusa Tragedy: Deaths Prompt Calls to Amend Asylum Rules

Lampedusa Tragedy: Deaths Prompt Calls to Amend Asylum Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

After over 180 African refugees died when their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week, Europe is debating its asylum policy with renewed vigor. Politicians are calling for the EU to distribute the burden more fairly. By Walter Mayr and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

The Barefoot Mayor: Local Hero Takes on Sicilian Corruption

The Barefoot Mayor: Local Hero Takes on Sicilian Corruption

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

The new mayor of Messina is a man of the people. The tireless nonpartisan is known to go barefoot through the city. And in the land of Berlusconi, he is fighting against corruption, organized crime and widespread disenchantment with politics. By Fiona Ehlers more... Comment ]

Berlusconi Vote: Italian Senate Panel Recommends Expulsion

Berlusconi Vote: Italian Senate Panel Recommends Expulsion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

In a widely expected development, an Italian Senate committee moved on Friday to recommend that Silvio Berlusconi be stripped of his position in the legislature. A court upheld the former prime minister's conviction in August on tax evasion charges. more... Comment ]

Europe's Failure: Bad Policies Caused the Lampedusa Tragedy

Europe's Failure: Bad Policies Caused the Lampedusa Tragedy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

More than 100 refugees died off the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa on Thursday after their boat sank. The tragedy shows in yet another horrendous way just how badly Europe's refugee policies have failed. A Commentary By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp more... Comment ]

Berlusconi's About-Face: A Vote of Confidence Will Not Suffice

Berlusconi's About-Face: A Vote of Confidence Will Not Suffice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2013

It was a good day for Italy: Silvio Berlusconi had no choice but to reverse course and back Prime Minister Enrico Letta. But the government in Rome remains unstable. If Italy wants lasting stability, the political class will have to undergo radical reform. A Commentary by Hans-Jürgen Schlamp more... Comment ]

The Hostage-Taker: Berlusconi Pushes Italy to Brink

The Hostage-Taker: Berlusconi Pushes Italy to Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

He's to blame for 20 years of standstill in Italy. Now he's leading the nation and the whole of Europe to the brink of disaster. If Silvio Berlusconi succeeds in toppling the government this week, his cynicism will have won. An Analysis by Hans-Jürgen Schlamp  in Rome more... Comment ]

Chaos in Rome: Berlusconi Tricks Spark Fear in Europe

Chaos in Rome: Berlusconi Tricks Spark Fear in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi has plunged Italy into another political crisis. It's a wake-up call for Europe and a reminder that, despite what the recent German election campaign suggested, the euro crisis is by no means over yet. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Costa Concordia: Divers Find Remains in Search for Victims 

Costa Concordia: Divers Find Remains in Search for Victims 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 26, 2013

A total of 32 people died when the Costa Concordia capsized off the Italian island of Giglio last January, but only 30 bodies were recovered at the time. Italian authorities have now recovered human remains after the ship was pulled upright. more... Comment ]

Righting Concordia: Colossal Shipwreck Ready for Salvage

Righting Concordia: Colossal Shipwreck Ready for Salvage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2013

The most spectacular salvage operation in shipping history is set to begin next week. Though all the pieces are now in place, the question remains whether the doomed Costa Concordia can be righted, or whether she will break apart in the process. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]

Throttled by Tourists: Death Prompts Venice to Ponder Limits

Throttled by Tourists: Death Prompts Venice to Ponder Limits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2013

The recent accidental death of a German tourist along the Grand Canal has fed-up Venetians asking whether tourism has finally gotten out of hand. But they fear that the city has already sold out, and that politicians can do nothing to hold back the crowds. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]