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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Bunga Bungle: Berlusconi Holds Italy for Ransom

Bunga Bungle: Berlusconi Holds Italy for Ransom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2013

As lawmakers debate barring Berlusconi from office, the former prime minister and his supporters threaten to scuttle Italy's governing coalition. The convicted tax evader refuses to be treated like a common criminal. By Fabian Reinbold more... Comment ]

Berlusconi Power Play: Daughter Marina Waits in the Wings

Berlusconi Power Play: Daughter Marina Waits in the Wings

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi's party has threatened to back out of the governing coalition if its leader isn't pardoned for tax evasion. Barring that, Italy's former prime minister seems to have decided on a successor: his daughter Marina. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]