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Frederika Randall | The Nation

Frederika Randall

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Frederika Randall

Frederika Randall, a journalist and translator based in Rome, has written on Italy for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

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Hopes for a progressive government failed, thanks to suicidal divisions among the center-left and Beppe Grillo’s demagogic posturing.

The sad truth is that disarming and defeating Silvio Berlusconi remains the country’s first priority.

The Eurocrisis will finally bring an end to the era of Berlusconi—but his sour legacy will endure.

In a decisive set of referendums, Italian voters have rejected legal immunity for political leaders, nuclear power and the privatization of water—and dealt a direct blow not only against Berlusconi but against the neoliberal worship of the market.

Can an openly left-wing, openly gay politician from the South revive an Italy in deep malaise?

The WikiLeaks revelations of Silvio Berlusconi’s bromance with Vladimir Putin have raised new questions about whether their close ties stem from “personal investments.” But the growing popular protests in Italy, echoing those in Britain, France and Greece, are primarily against savage austerity measures that have favored the wealthy.

Corruption scandals, a threatened gag order on journalists and investigators, and persistent allegations of Mafia ties—not to mention the long recession—have weakened Italy’s prime minister.

African immigrant workers have been protesting mafia operations as well as nativist racism.

Gianfranco Fini rose to prominence as a champion of Mussolini. Now he's moved to the center, and in so doing has become the country's most responsible right-wing politician.

Silvio Berlusconi's increasingly erratic behavior may bring about his downfall. But in a bitterly divided Italy, the most likely successor does not look appetizing.