As the Romans do - English

As the Romans do

Rome is not just that place around the Vatican City. It's also the eye of the storm in the midst of the eurocrisis. Emerging from some obscure twenty years of Berlusconi, hit by the longest period of stagnation in Europe - like it or not, Italy is where the destiny of the common currency is being decided. "St. Peter's Version" explains what is moving in and around the Eternal City - and how what happens in Rome will affect Europe as a whole.

Pension Panic...

The battle in Italy over the revaluation of pensions has made the country’s tricky financial situation worse. Could the resulting climate drive Italy to follow Greece away from the euro?

A New Italy?...

Italy’s government is celebrating the country’s recent economic growth, but not all indicators point to success. What happens in the future will depend on how solidly Renzi can prevent the “Berlusconization” of today’s political culture in Italy.

Just How Stable Is Mr....

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is bringing stability to Italy with his grand coalition and electoral reforms. But how long will it last?

The Elephant in the Ro...

Lamentations about the state of the Italian economy have become so commonplace, Italians barely react to them. But Italy’s public debt problem has proven big enough to make a splash.

The Battle Against Ube...

Roman taxi drivers are competing for business against Uber. Is the online service the future of the market or should it be regulated? The struggle is representative of Italy's wider issue of conservatism against progression.

Hiding in plain sight...

Matteo Renzi is a quick learner. The Italian Prime Minister has been quietly forging alliances across Europe – and has emerged as an influential voice in the crisis.

A new Italian Renaissa...

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi seems to be on the right track. But more reforms are needed besides changing the infamous Articolo 18.

Out with the old, in w...

Berlusconi may still be able to tiptoe around his current legal problems, but this time his political career is finished. What comes next has the chance to rescue the Italian economy.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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