Category Archives: Italy

Italy | Call on a possible Five-Star / Lega govt: Don’t act like Tsipras!

Rome May 10

After two months of uncertainty and hesitancy (whose responsibilities also fall on the shoulders of Salvini and Di Maio) it seems that this government takes life. It is not born under a good star, nevertheless better this way. We’ll see if Di Maio and Salvini will find a firm agreement.

Italy | Italian elections roundup: The centre can hold, but it is weakened

by Chris Bambery

With the possibility of another far-right leader in a European government, the left needs to get its act together

On Sunday night the Italian elite and their European counterparts went to bed clinging to one seemingly comforting thought. Even if their favoured outcome,  a return of a pro-EU, neoliberal centre-left government to office in Rome, seemed ruled out by that day’s elections, surely that old rogue, Silvio Berlusconi, could form a government in which his right-wing coalition would dominate.

Italy | ‘Red terror’ in Italy

A far-right leader was bound and beaten by left-wing extremists in Italy the British Independent reports.

Massimo Ursino, a prominent member of the anti-immigration Forza Nuova group, was attacked in Palermo and required hospital treatment.

His balaclava-clad assailants bound his hands and feet with parcel tape, The Local reported, and the beating left him with head and facial injuries.

Italy | Amazon worker bracelets never in Italy?

February 2 – Industry Minister Carlo Calenda on Friday ruled out the prospect of worker bracelets being used in Italy after reports Amazon was planning to bring them in to keep tabs on warehouse staff and optimise their performance, sparking a huge furore. “I told them that the only bracelets we made in this country are the ones our jewellers produce,” Calenda said after meeting a delegation from the online retail giant. “I explained to them, and they understood, that a thing like this, which has been patented in Italy, will never happen”. Premier Paolo Gentiloni and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani are among those to have expressed concern about the worker-bracelet hypothesis. Amazon’s Italian workers are already up in arms about conditions and struck on Black Friday.

Italy | Anti-communist regime in Kiev demands Italian communists to be arrested

After a recent visit by Italian Communists to the Donbas region of Ukraine president Poroshenko spokesperson said Kiev authorities will seek arrest of Italian MP and others on the tour of Donbas and will request European Union authorities to extradite them to Kiev for prosecution under Ukrainian anti-terrorist laws. About 50 Italian Communists visited Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic in Eastern Ukraine early in May. Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza was a part of a delegation of the Communist group. She is an Italian politician, spokesperson for culture and communications in the Communist Refoundation Party and a member of the European Parliament. Communist musicians from Banda Bassotti group also joined the delegation. The Italian voyage was named Antifascist caravan.