Nicholas Farrell

Place

The challenges of being an England supporter in Italy

The Three Lions need a little less God Save the Queen and a lot more God

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

Living in an Italy consumed by fear

Right now, the death rate from coronavirus in Italy is more than 8 percent

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

In Italy, the novelty of house arrest has worn off

The highlight of my day is a sanctioned trip to the supermarket

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

Italians believe the coronavirus outbreak shows their superiority

Here in Ravenna, many public places are closed: cinemas, museums, theaters and discotheques

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

Has Matteo Salvini shot himself in the foot?

Warring factions on Italy’s left and center could shut his Lega party out of power

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

The secret of Matteo Salvini’s success

Can anyone stop him from becoming Italy’s next leader?

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

The triumph of Matteo Salvini

Il Capitano has become the most important populist in Europe

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

Italy shows that left-wing populism doesn’t work

Five Star’s approach may work in opposition but not in government or in practice

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

Steve Bannon goes to war with the Pope

He’s setting up Hogwarts for culture warriors in Italy

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

The Italian crisis

For those who believe in the European project, Brexit is a headache. Italy, on the other hand, is a bloody nightmare. Its new anti-elite populist coalition government of the alt-left Five Star Movement and the radical-right League is currently set on a collision course with the EU. This could easily start a chain reaction that […]

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

Matteo Salvini is lucky to be the enemy of the Italian justice system

In Italy, it is more often than not a badge of honour to be hounded by an Italian investigating magistrate

By Nicholas Farrell

Steve Bannon on ‘masturbatory’ Emmanuel Macron, elites, and old Etonians

A conversation with the former White House chief strategist in Rome.

By Nicholas Farrell

Why Italy’s new populist government collapsed before it even began

Two parties from opposite sides of the political spectrum were set to unite over a mutual disdain for the euro.

By Nicholas Farrell

Italy turns populist

It looks indeed as if Italy — the beating pulse of European civilisation — will be the first country in western Europe to fall to what’s popularly known as populism. Those who regard populism as an affirmation of democracy are pleased; those who regard it as a negation of democracy are appalled. The markets remain […]

By Nicholas Farrell

Europe

Why hasn’t Italy joined the strikes on Syria?

Italy’s caretaker government has refused to allow crucial bases to be used for intervention let alone Italy’s armed forces. The stance of Italy’s right is identical to Jeremy Corbyn’s in Britain. The two populist parties – Five Star and Lega – currently negotiating to try to form a government – are anyway pro-Putin (like their soul […]

By Nicholas Farrell

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