By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 12 April 2013
Seven weeks after the Italian election, the Democratic Party and the People of Freedom party are discussing a grand coalition to form a government.
By Stefan Steinberg, 10 April 2013
At the end of last week the Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano, issued a pardon to US colonel Joseph Romano who was involved in a CIA rendition operation in Italy.
As government crisis drags on
By Marianne Arens, 4 April 2013
The ruling class in Italy is desperately seeking to override the election result of February 25 and develop a political mechanism to continue the austerity policies that were decisively rejected by the electorate.
By Marianne Arens, 28 March 2013
A month after Italian elections produced a hung parliament, the latest attempts to form a government have collapsed amid mass opposition to austerity.
By Marianne Arens, 19 March 2013
Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone is responding to the declining European tyre market by cutting jobs in southern Italy.
By Marc Wells and Peter Schwarz, 9 March 2013
To understand the rise of Beppo Grillo one must take account the deep crisis of European capitalism and the bankruptcy of the traditional parties of the “left”.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 6 March 2013
Italian parties are trying to form a government to continue the austerity measures of ex-premier Mario Monti.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2013
The Italian general election last weekend is a watershed event in the political development of Europe.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2013
Italian voters have unambiguously rejected the policies of the Monti government and the European Union.
By Peter Schwarz, 26 February 2013
The Italian election result presages fierce social conflicts and political upheavals.
By Marc Wells, 12 February 2013
Rifondazione is joining the Citizens’ Revolution alliance of prosecutor Antonio Ingroia, completing its transformation into a bourgeois party.
By Marianne Arens, 8 February 2013
Italy’s former prime minister used the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day to praise the fascist “Duce” Benito Mussolini.
By Paul Bond, 29 January 2013
As the social catastrophe deepens, all parties in Italy’s general election have agreed to impose further austerity measures.
By Paul Mitchell, 25 January 2013
Italy’s recession will be worse than previously expected this year, the Bank of Italy said last week as it cut its 2013 estimate for economic growth.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 24 January 2013
The Five-Star Movement led by comedian Beppe Grillo is regarded as the protest organisation with the best chance of success in the Italian elections.
By Alex Lantier, 31 December 2012
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has announced plans to lead an electoral coalition based on a pro-austerity “Agenda Monti for Italy.”
By Peter Schwarz, 11 December 2012
Monti resigned for tactical reasons. He is attempting to secure a long-term and stable parliamentary majority for his increasingly unpopular austerity measures.
By Marianne Arens, 5 December 2012
Employees of the Ilva steel group carried out demonstrations throughout Italy last week to protest against the closure of the company’s main plant in Taranto.
By Marianne Arens, 22 November 2012
Voters’ illusions about Sicily’s new regional president, Rosario Crocetto, are bound to explode as the economic crisis continues to create fertile ground for the Mafia and other reactionary organizations.
By our reporters, 15 November 2012
Hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets Wednesday in a number of European countries to demonstrate against rising unemployment and the austerity measures dictated by the European Union and the IMF.
By Marianne Arens, 9 November 2012
Seven scientists convicted to long sentences by a court in L’Aquila, Italy are being scapegoated for the disastrous consequences of the 2009 earthquake.
By Marc Wells, 5 November 2012
Media tycoon and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted October 26 of tax fraud in a Milan court and sentenced to four years’ jail time and five years’ ban from public office.
By Mike Jobson, 17 September 2012
On September 10 about 500 Alcoa workers from Sardinia travelled to Rome to protest the imminent closure of their plant located in Portovesme.
By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2012
On Sunday evening over 100 miners began an occupation of the Carbosulcis coal mine, which is situated on the southwest coast of Sardinia.
By Marianne Arens, 22 August 2012
An Italian town has erected a monument to the notorious fascist, Rodolfo Graziani.
By Marianne Arens, 10 July 2012
The new austerity package of Italian premier Mario Monti agreed last week will cut an additional €26 billion at the expense of the working population.
By Marianne Arens, 2 June 2012
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna, killing 7 and injuring more than 50.
By Marianne Arens, 9 May 2012
Traditional parties and politicians lost heavily in Italian local elections held last weekend.
By Marianne Arens, 16 April 2012
While the Monti government's austerity measures are fueling social opposition, the extreme right-wing Northern League is trying to channel popular anger and despair along racist lines.
By Marianne Arens, 30 March 2012
Italian prime minister Mario Monti knows he has nothing to fear from the unions and Italy’s pseudo-leftist organisations as he introduces his new labour reform.
By Mike Jobson, 26 March 2012
On Friday the Italian cabinet approved a reform advanced by the unelected Monti government to scrap Article 18 of Italy’s labor code.
By David Walsh, 17 March 2012
Ongoing protests by Italian truck drivers against the government’s austerity measures and the price of fuel have cut production at several of automaker Fiat’s plants.
By Marianne Arens, 7 March 2012
The Italian government and the employers’ federation are intent on abolishing the country’s employment protection laws and are relying on the support of the trade unions.
By Mark Church, 6 March 2012
The ancient Roman town is in great danger due to years of under-funding and over-exploitation, producing widespread degradation and the collapse of ruins.
By Marianne Arens, 18 February 2012
More than 60 people have died as a result of cold weather and snowstorms in the east and northeast of Italy.
By Martin Nowak, 2 February 2012
Two weeks after the sinking of the Costa Concordia, the dirty side of the lucrative cruise business is increasingly coming to light.
By Mike Jobson, 1 February 2012
Strikes and protests continue in Italy after strikes by truckers and fishermen against austerity policies paralysed the country early last week.
By Mike Jobson, 27 January 2012
Yesterday the government of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti moved to crush protests by truckers, fishermen, and other professions hit by Monti’s unpopular social attacks.
By Mike Jobson, 26 January 2012
On January 9, the aluminum company Alcoa announced the closure of its primary aluminum plant in Portovesme, on the Italian island of Sardinia.
By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2012
Truckers and taxi drivers blocked roads and highways throughout Italy, as protests spread against the social cuts of Prime Minister Mario Monti.
By Stefan Steinberg, 19 January 2012
Beyond the role played by the captain, an examination of the broader issues in the capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship suggests that it was an accident waiting to happen.
By James Brewer, 17 January 2012
Rescuers are still searching for survivors in a capsized ocean liner off the coast of Tuscany.
By Marianne Arens, 6 January 2012
The new head of the Italian government has made significant changes in the country’s foreign policy.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 5 January 2012
Just before Christmas the Italian parliament adopted a package of austerity measures totalling €80 billion in cuts, hitting pensioners, workers and the socially disadvantaged.
By Stefan Steinberg, 16 December 2011
An Italian author with links to the extreme right shot down two immigrants and seriously wounded three others in Florence on Tuesday before taking his own life.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 December 2011
In response to pressure from financial markets and European leaders, Italy’s new prime minister, Mario Monti, has moved quickly to introduce new austerity measures.
By Marc Wells, 2 December 2011
The decision by Fiat’s CEO Sergio Marchionne to terminate collective bargaining agreements starting by January 2012 is an historic attack on basic rights won by workers over decades of bitter struggle.
By Marianne Arens, 18 November 2011
Italy’s new emergency government is a government of big business and the international banks.
By Marc Wells, 18 November 2011
The appointment of Mario Monti for the post of premiership and the support given by the “left” parties and trade union organizations pave the way to unprecedented attacks on the working class.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2011
The most important factor in Berlusconi’s rise to prominence was the impotence, cowardice and unending betrayals carried out by the country’s official “left” opposition.
By Stefan Steinberg, 14 November 2011
The resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi clears the way for the appointment of a “technocratic” government led by the economist Mario Monti, in accordance with the demands of the international banks.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 November 2011
Following the example of Greece, Italy is also likely to be governed soon by a technocratic government designated by the international banks.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 10 November 2011
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his resignation Tuesday evening. He plans to stay in office until the Italian parliament has adopted the austerity measures demanded by the European Union.
By Marc Wells, 2 November 2011
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi submitted last Wednesday a proposal for the so-called “structural reforms for growth.”
By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2011
Italian unions refuse to organize cross-border solidarity to defend jobs and conditions and back lower wages and poorer working conditions in Italy on condition that job cuts are carried out elsewhere.
By Marianne Arens, 10 October 2011
The recent closure of the refugee camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa will lead to more deaths added to the list of hundreds who have died trying to escape war-torn Libya.
By Marc Wells, 30 September 2011
In order to continue the assault on workers, the Italian ruling class is looking to the formation of a more “left” government, not affected by Berlusconi’s sordid political and personal record.
By Marianne Arens, 14 September 2011
Italian business and political circles take for granted their right to decide on the future of the oil and gas wealth of the country’s former colony, Libya.
By Marc Wells, 7 September 2011
Hundreds of thousands of workers went on strike Tuesday and took to the streets to protest against the assault on their social rights.
By Marc Wells, 29 August 2011
The response of the Italian ex-leftists organized in Sinistra Critica to the government’s austerity measures reveals their essential approval for the social cuts, their class collaboration and nationalism.
By Marc Wells, 8 August 2011
The Italian government is preparing further social austerity measures in response to the Thursday stock market crash and demands from investors for more anti-worker cuts.
By Marianne Arens, 27 July 2011
Significant sections of big business are now pushing for an early change of government.
By Marianne Arens, 15 July 2011
Under intense pressure from the financial markets, the government of Silvio Berlusconi announced on Tuesday that new austerity measures were to be enforced more quickly and ruthlessly than previously planned.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 July 2011
On Monday the finance ministers of the 17 Euro-zone countries met at a hastily convened emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss the spread of the euro crisis to Italy.
By Marianne Arens, 22 June 2011
The latest referendums in Italy in mid-June inflicted another political defeat on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
By Marianne Arens, 1 June 2011
The Italian government coalition of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a bitter defeat in local elections, losing the mayor’s office in Milan.
By Marianne Arens, 14 May 2011
Italian fighter jets take off regularly from the Birgi Trapani air force base in Sicily and from the aircraft carrier Garibaldi, to drop their deadly cargo over the former Italian colony.
By Marc Wells, 7 May 2011
In a May 2-3 vote, Fiat workers at the historic Bertone plant voted for a company plan supported by unions to invest €550 million and restructure labor relations along the lines of previous contracts at Pomigliano D’Arco and Mirafiori.
By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2011
As the bombing of Libya enters its fourth week, Italy is looking for ways to participate more actively in the war.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 April 2011
Last Sunday French border police blocked rail traffic between France and Italy to prevent Tunisian immigrants from entering France via Italy.
By Kumaran Ira, 11 April 2011
Last week, France took the unprecedented move of restoring border controls with Italy on April 7, after Rome granted temporary visas to thousands of African migrants.
By Marc Wells and Alex Lantier, 9 April 2011
After imposing massive concessions contracts at automaker Fiat’s plants in Pomigliano D’Arco and Mirafiori, Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is emerging as the leader of a campaign to force cuts and attacks on collective bargaining throughout the Italian economy.
By Marc Wells, 29 March 2011
As European and US bombs fall on Libya, the so-called “left” in Italy is serving as nothing more than a fig leaf for Western imperialism as it seeks to keep full geopolitical and economic control of North Africa and the Middle East.
By Marianne Arens, 18 March 2011
Recently published statistics reveal the wide extent of social polarization in Italy.
By Marc Wells, 10 March 2011
The Italian warship Libra docked in Benghazi, Libya, as the Italian ruling class calculates how to defend its imperialist interests in Libya.
By Marc Wells, 3 March 2011
A conflict between local municipalities and banks has sparked in Italian courts and in financial circles, revealing the precariousness of public finances and the collusion between Italy’s ruling elite and financial institutions.
By Marc Wells and Alex Lantier, 18 February 2011
Judge Cristina Di Censo has indicted Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi on charges of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of office.
By Marianne Arens, 9 February 2011
The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are causing anxiety among Italian government and opposition politicians who fear “Egyptian fever” could spread to their side of the Mediterranean.
By Marianne Arens, 2 February 2011
In Italy, thousands of metal workers went on strike against the new contract with Fiat. The FIOM union called the walkout to let off steam and deflect attention from its own role in the betrayal.
By Marc Wells, 26 January 2011
The scandals involving Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi are being used to divert attention from the crisis engulfing Italy, and also to resolve conflicts within the ruling elite over how to pursue further attacks against the working population.
By Marc Wells, 19 January 2011
The new agreement throws back conditions of Italian auto workers more than 60 years.
By Marianne Arens, 12 January 2011
Fiat workers at Turin’s main plant are being blackmailed by management, and the trade unions at the factory are doing nothing to defend the workforce.
By Marc Wells, 12 January 2011
The Italian political establishment has set off a frenzied campaign against the “terrorist” Cesare Battisti, a former political left activist, now a writer, accused of murdering four people in the 1970s.
By Marianne Arens, 28 December 2010
Student demonstrations in Italy last Wednesday were aimed against austerity legislation recently passed by the senate.
By David Walsh, 23 December 2010
Secret diplomatic dispatches, released by WikiLeaks, reveal how US authorities put pressure on the Italian government to protect CIA agents responsible for kidnapping and torture.
By Marc Wells, 20 December 2010
Protests against education “reform” and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government last Tuesday in Rome were met with brutal force by Italian police and paramilitary units.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 December 2010
The passing of a confidence vote in Italy will not resolve the political crisis. With a limited and precarious majority, the government will be barely able to act.
By Marc Wells, 8 December 2010
Students have organized mass protests throughout Italy in the last two weeks. On the heels of a government crisis, a turn to the working class becomes a crucial question for the student movement.
By Marc Wells, 2 December 2010
As the crisis of the Berulsconi government in Italy deepens, sections of the establishment are increasingly looking to pseudo-left figures such as Nichi Vendola to shore up their political rule.
By Marc Wells, 25 November 2010
Demonstrations by Italian students against the attack on public education came the same day as further mass demonstrations of students in Britain.
By Marc Wells, 12 November 2010
Revelations of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s involvement in another prostitution and corruption signal a new stage of the political crisis engulfing Italy.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 10 November 2010
If Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has his way, wages at the Italian auto manufacturer will be equivalent to those in Poland with working conditions resembling those during the Great Depression.
By Marianne Arens, 18 August 2010
The leaders of the Italian Democratic Party and Refounded Communism have sworn their support for the post-fascist Gianfranco Fini in his dispute with the head of the Italian government, Silvio Berlusconi.
By Marianne Arens, 30 July 2010
The current corruption scandals in Italy far exceed those involved in the so-called Tangentopoli swamp of 1991, and a succession of ministers and state secretaries has already resigned.
By our correspondents, 17 June 2010
Thousands protested last Saturday in Rome against the recent austerity plans announced by the Italian government.
By Marianne Arens, 7 June 2010
The right-wing government of Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to an austerity programme, which will be presented to the EU on June 7 in Brussels, preparing almost €25 billion in cuts by 2012.
By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2010
France and Italy signed strategic energy and military deals at the April 9 summit, amid rising uncertainty about financial stability and strategic rivalries in Europe.
By Ulrich Rippert, 1 April 2010
Italian regional elections held on Sunday and Monday resulted in unexpected gains for the centre-right alliance led by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
By Marianne Arens, 4 March 2010
Several tens of thousands of immigrants in 60 Italian cities engaged in strikes and demonstrations March 1 to protest against the racist policies of the Berlusconi government, and for equal rights for all.
By Marianne Arens and Stefan Steinberg, 12 January 2010
Italian police responded to a protest of African workers in Calabria with the arrest of 1,300 immigrants and their transfer to detention centers