Buy Italian shares, says Wall Street Journal

  On the Wall Street Journal, Brett Arends recently advised investors to buy Italian shares, since in his opinion they are underpriced. According to Arends, the ongoing Italian political crisis should not frighten investors, simply because Italy has been politically in crisis for decades without relevant consequences, while her economy is going to rebound after … Continue reading

History of Italy / Politics

Italy’s provisional constitutional order

  Italy had a provisional constitutional order between 1943 (when the fascist regime fell) and 1948 (when the current Constitution entered into force). By theory, nothing like that is happening right now, but certainly President Napolitano is using some very innovative tools to keep the Italian Republic going. The incumbent Government headed by Mr Mario … Continue reading


Sicilian Regional Minister axed for sexist comment

Everyone knows that, and we wrote it, too: music is important in Italy. Together with a trend of disaffection for professional politicians, that can explain why the singer Franco Battiato was appointed Minister of Tourism in the new reform-minded Government of Sicily. Unfortunately Mr Battiato, while attending an event in the seat of the European … Continue reading

Crime and Court news

Kercher case, the relativity of the ‘ne bis in idem’ in Italy

Today the Italian Supreme Court quashed the acquittal of Mr Raffaele Sollecito and Miss Amanda Knox, both indicted for the murder of Miss Meredith Kercher. Miss Knox, a U.S. citizen, went back to her home country after being released pursuant to the acquittal, while Mr Sollecito is still in Italy. He won’t be arrested right … Continue reading