My live TV interview on TRT World News on the day large cruise ships were banned from the centre of Venice. This ban reveals this unelected Italian government cares more about UNESCO threats and its international reputation than Venetians

Click on the play symbol in the picture on the left to watch the interview. On 13 July 2021, the Italian government cabinet passed a decree banning ships of more than 25,000 tonnes, higher than 35 metres and longer than 180 metres from navigating down the Giudecca Canal in the centre of Venice from 1 … Continue reading

“Wird Italien zum Totengräber der EU?” Sabine Beppler-Spahl interviewed me about Italy’s new government and the #EU. Published by Makroskop@FlassbeckEcon

On 10 March 2021, Makroskop published this interview focusing on Italy’s new government, the significant realignments in Italian politics, Italy’s relations with the EU and the impact of the COVID-19 Next Generation EU recovery funds. The full interview in German can be accessed with a paywall here: Here are some of my selected comments … Continue reading

‘Italy’s next unelected prime minister will be…’ My thoughts on former ECB president Draghi as Italy’s PM, published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 9 February 2021. It can be read by clicking on this link: The text of the article is also below: Italy’s next unelected prime minister will be… The prospective appointment of Mario Draghi is another blow against democracy. Dominic Standish Following the fall of Italy’s government on 13 January, Italy’s … Continue reading

On #Brexit Day, reflections on the debate ‘THE FUTURE OF THE EU’, Battle of Ideas

As the UK leaves the European Union on 31 January 2020, it is a good moment to reflect on the informative debate at the Battle of Ideas festival titled ‘The Future of the EU: the return of remain and reform?’.  This was held at the Barbican centre in London on 3 November 2019. This is … Continue reading

‘The strange death of Italian democracy’. After regional elections in Italy, my thoughts published by @spikedonline

Following elections on Sunday 26 January 2020, this article was published on 28 January 2020. It can be read by clicking on the link below: The strange death of Italian democracy The text of the article is also here: The strange death of Italian democracy The loser of the last national election is now the … Continue reading

“The year the EU took over Italy”. My reflections on 2019 published by @spikedonline

This article was published by Spiked-Online on 29 December 2019. It can be read by clicking on the link below: The year the EU took over Italy This is the text of the article: The year the EU took over Italy The economy, immigration and the make-up of the cabinet are all conditional on Brussels’ … Continue reading

“Italy’s undemocratic government.” As the new government faces confidence votes, my article published by @spikedonline.

A new government was sworn in on 5 September and faces confidence votes in both houses of parliament on 9 and 10 September. If these votes uphold the government, a Eurosceptic government will be replaced by a pro-EU government without an election. You can read the article by clicking on the link below: Italy’s undemocratic … Continue reading

In 2018, the EU consistently undermined democracy in Italy. My article reviewing this published by @spikedonline

On 30 December 2018, Spiked-online published my article tracing how EU institutions and officials intervened in Italy from its elections to its economy. It can be read by clicking on the link below; The year the EU went to war with Italy

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

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

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