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    I am a British citizen and have been living in the Italian region of Venice since 1997. I lecture for the University of Iowa (USA), teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Blog posts about politics and the environment in Venice and Italy are added regularly to this weblog. My writing publications are also provided on themed pages. I hope you enjoy the content. Please feel free to add your own comments. I can also be contacted at dstandish@europe.com. My book 'Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality', published by UPA in the USA in January 2012, is outlined on the book information page link above and can be ordered from Amazon using the link below. Thanks, Dominic.

My article on Italy’s economy and EU interference published by @spikedonline

The EU has undemocratically intervened in Italy over a number of years, as I have documented in many articles for Spiked-online, which published my thoughts on the latest dispute over Italy’s budget on 11 November 2018. This can be read by clicking on the link below: Italy’s fight for independence Here is the text of the … Continue reading

‘WAR ON PLASTIC: A LOAD OF RUBBISH?’ BATTLE OF IDEAS PANEL DEBATE, LONDON’S BARBICAN, 14 OCTOBER 2018: AUDIO FILE & FILM CLIPS

I produced and was one of four speakers who gave seven minute introductions on this topic, before some great audience questions and discussion. Click on one of the links below for an audio file of the debate. The first link is a little slow to load as it is a big file. If you have … Continue reading

‘WHERE IS EUROPE GOING?’ Battle of Ideas lively panel debate, London’s Barbican, 13 October 2018: audio file & film clips

‘WHERE IS EUROPE GOING?’ Battle of Ideas lively panel debate, London’s Barbican, 13 October 2018 This was an open discussion without opening introductions, chaired by; Bruno Waterfield, Brussels correspondent, The Times; co-author, No Means No I was one of four speakers listed below and two of my comments were filmed and can be viewed using these links, even … Continue reading

Italy’s terrible Morandi Bridge disaster in Genoa. My article published on Spiked-online

FIVE STAR’S HYPOCRISY OVER THE MORANDI BRIDGE DISASTER. Italy’s terrible Morandi Bridge disaster in Genoa. My article published on Spiked-online on 21 August 2018 can be read by clicking on the link below; FIVE STAR’S HYPOCRISY OVER THE MORANDI BRIDGE DISASTER  

My interview on Sky News live 15/8/18 about the tragic collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge

The footage can be viewed by clicking on the link below: My interview on Sky News live 15/8/18 about the tragic collapse of Genoa’s Morandi Bridge

After the Aquarius ship episode, how the #EU and #Italy are failing migrants. My article published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 20 June 2018. This is a link to it: FORTRESS EUROPE IS NO FRIEND OF MIGRANTS The text of the article is below; FORTRESS EUROPE IS NO FRIEND OF MIGRANTS It criticises Italy, yet the EU has been blocking migrants for decades. DOMINIC STANDISH LECTURER AND AUTHOR After the Aquarius ship carrying migrants was refused … Continue reading

My assessment of the new Italian government and how undemocratic it is, published by @spikedonline

The new Italian government has 8 unelected, technocratic ministers and EU institutions have again played significant roles in the formation of an Italian government. You can read the article, published on 7 June 2018, by clicking on this link below; TREATING ITALY LIKE A EURO-COLONY The text of the article is also below: TREATING ITALY … Continue reading

Sky news live interview with me on Italy, government, new elections and Italy exit from the EU

Sky news live interview with me on Italy, government, new elections and Italy exit from the EU, broadcast on 28 May 2018. Click on the link below to view the footage;      

THE THWARTING OF ITALIAN DEMOCRACY. My article on Italy, its election and towards a new government. Published by Spiked

‘THE THWARTING OF ITALIAN DEMOCRACY.’ How EU officials are overriding Italy’s popular will. My article on Italy, its election and towards a new government on Spiked-online published 24 May 2018 on this link; THE THWARTING OF ITALIAN DEMOCRACY Article text; THE THWARTING OF ITALIAN DEMOCRACY How EU officials are overriding Italy’s popular will. Dominic Standish … Continue reading

NOW IT’S TIME FOR ‘ITALEAVE’ – My article on Italy’s general election

The article in the link and text below on the general election in Italy held on 4 March 2018 was published by Spiked on 7 March 2018;   NOW IT’S TIME FOR ‘ITALEAVE’ DOMINIC STANDISH LECTURER AND AUTHOR Italy’s politicians must listen to the public and consider leaving the EU. The General Election in Italy … Continue reading

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