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What European leaders can learn from Italy

Europe is reeling from the shock waves of a political earthquake. Thus spoke the media. A swath of anti-EU, anti-system and anti-immigration

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The Institutionalisation of Austerity

Rome is Europe’s most beautiful city. In summer the thick air is filled with centuries of civilisation and heritage. But when the

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German Election in Italy

One could almost suspect that the timing for the rescue of the “Costa Concordia” wreck has been masterminded to coincide with the

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Italo-German Ties

In the “Festival Hall” of Verona – the gracious city in northern Italy in which Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is set –

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German reforms for an Italian crisis

Living between Berlin and Rome, I am growing increasingly skeptical about the prospect of introducing “German style” reforms in Italy, as suggested

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Europe Without the Euro

The argument that “the euro will never work because European economic cultures are too different” is a popular and shareable claim. But

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Italian Racism

If soccer reflected popular sentiment, recent matches in Italy provide ample food for thought. On May 26, 2012, the Italian Cup final,

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Political Fragmentation in Europe

One of the most common criticisms to the euro is that “there is no political project behind it.” Too afraid to transfer

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Beneficiaries of Austerity

The new media strategy of Angela Merkel is reminiscent of a Monty Python episode: outright denial is key. If the German chancellor

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Europe’s Austerity Debate

The best way to fix something nobody likes is to propose a solution that does not work: Appearances are saved but the

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