Tag Archives: Italy

Italy | The world’s largest Che Guevara mural has appeared on a social housing blocks in Naples

Think you have seen enough Che Guevara iconography in your life to warrant a revolution to ban it? Dutch-Neapolitan artist Jorit Agoch might just change your mind with his enormously impressive mural of the revolutionary legend, which he has painted across the facades of two social housing blocks in the easterly outskirts of Naples.

Italy | All About the Italian Economic Crisis of 2018

By Shobhit Seth

The eurozone’s third-largest nation has plunged into deep political and economic crisis, which has become a concern for the European Union (EU) as well as for the global markets. At the end of Sept. 2018, the ruling coalition comprising the Five Star Movement and the Lega Nord announced their 2019 budget, which increases deficit spending to 2.4 percent of the GDP. The move has upset Italy’s euro zone partners, who had been pressuring Italy to decrease its debt. This article looks at what Italy’s political and economic problems are all about and why it matters so much to the world economy.

Italy | African harvest workers strike in southern Italy

by Gerhard Feldbauer, August 14

After the death of 12 farmworkers in a traffic accident in southern Italy on Aug. 6, hundreds of migrant farmworkers walked off the job there. The USB trade union federation called for the strike.

In a “march of red caps” — a reference to the covering which the workers usually use to protect themselves from the blazing sun — the protesters went to the prefecture [representing the national government] in the city of Foggia and demanded decent working conditions. At a demonstration by the CGIL, CISL and UIL trade unions in Foggia, member of parliament Roberto Speranza, who is also chairperson of the left-wing movement “Free and Equals” (LeU), expressed his solidarity with the migrants.

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.