‘The people are leading Italy out of lockdown.’ My article on how some brave Italians are helping the country escape from #Covid-19 lockdown. Published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 21 May 2020 and can be read by clicking on the link below: The people are leading Italy out of lockdown I welcome any comments. The text of the article is also below: The people are leading Italy out of lockdown Public pressure has forced the government to open up … Continue reading

Italy’s easing of #Covid-19 lockdown and economic crisis. Former Australian Ambassador to Italy & government minister Amanda Vanstone interviewed me on ABC Radio National programme Counterpoint.

This interview was first broadcast on 11 May 2020 at 4,05 pm Sydney time. The interview with me lasted 12 minutes and is 14 minutes into the programme. You can access the programme by clicking on the link below: Counterpoint It is also possible to download a podcast of the programme if you search for … Continue reading

‘Podcast of Ideas: the lockdown lifts in Europe?’ My remarks on responses to #Covid-19 as lockdown is eased in #Italy plus comments on Germany & Belgium.

This podcast was recorded on 30 April 2020 and was broadcast on 1 May 2020. It can be listened to by clicking on a link to the website below: Podcast of Ideas: the lockdown lifts in Europe? It can also be listened to by clicking play on the file below: You can download the Academy … Continue reading

“The Italian crisis is only just beginning.” How the #EU’s #Covid-19 rescue plan will not deal with Italy’s mounting public debt & falling output. My article published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 27 April 2020 by Spiked-online. It can be read by clicking on the link below. The Italian crisis is only just beginning This is the text of the article: The Italian crisis is only just beginning The EU’s rescue plan is utterly insufficient for dealing with Italy’s mounting debt Dominic … Continue reading

‘Life inside the Italian lockdown.’ My article on how #Italy’s response to #coronavirus (#Covid-19) risks social & economic implosion. Published by @spikedonline

This article was published during the evening of 11 March 2020. It can be read by clicking on the link below: Life inside the Italian lockdown I welcome any comments or questions on this serious situation. As I predicted in this article, after it was published this evening Italy’s government extended the shutdown to all … 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

“Borders and Divisions. Immigration to Europe.” New book published in Germany including my chapter on Italy and the EU

This book was published in December 2019 in German titled “Grenzen Spaltungen. Immigration nach Europa”. It was edited by Sabine Beppler-Spahl and includes chapters by twelve contributors. It can be ordered on Amazon by clicking on the link below: https://www.amazon.de/Grenzen-Spaltungen-Immigration-nach-Europa/dp/3944610652/ref=sr_1_2?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&keywords=Beppler-Spahl+Immigration&qid=1576950868&sr=8-2 Below is an initial English translation of my chapter if you cannot read in German: … 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

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