A journalist and translator in Rome, Frederika Randall has written about Italy for The Nation and other US publications for nearly 30 years.
The old left sneers at the recently elected Matteo Renzi. But he’s already carried out undeniably redistributive measures during his brief tenure.
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.