Publication: La Stampa

The Country which Denies Reality

10.12.12 Publication:

If someone had told me, a dozen years ago, that by now I would be writing and thinking, and even making a film, not about Japan, China or my other old topics...

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The Desire to Change

19.11.12 Publication:

As I sat on Friday in the Sala D’Arme of Florence’s wonderful Palazzo Vecchio, listening to so many young people, from Mayor Renzi to the “pionieri”...

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The Global Soul is Hidden in the Langhe

04.11.12 Publication:

As we gathered for a convivial Piemontese dinner in Torino on our first evening, and as we drove out the next day into the perfect, vine-laden hills of the...

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BBC: Two English Extremes

01.10.12 Publication:

Other countries’ popular television stars are generally incomprehensible to foreigners, whether they are game-show hosts, comedians, showgirls or even...

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The political legacy of the Games

05.08.12 Publication:

We should probably thank Mitt Romney. Until the Republican candidate for America’s presidency came to London and made the mistake of publicly casting doubt...

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The risk that scares the world

22.07.12 Publication:

We in the northern hemisphere are entering our summer holidays in a gloomy mood, partly because we are being joined in our gloom by some of the emerging...

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Italy must face the truth

10.06.12 Publication:

President Giorgio Napolitano was right when he said, last November when the new Monti government was being installed, that it was a time to tell, and face, the...

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The new route of Europe comes from protest votes

06.05.12 Publication:

Democracy is, at its most basic, a mechanism of control, of accountability. So elections are times for registering anger, for protesting, for punishing those...

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The markets are demanding more answers

11.04.12 Publication:

If you believe the financial markets, the difference between happy recovery and imminent disaster is 80,000 American jobs, in a country with a labour force of...

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After Fukushima

11.03.12 Publication:

It has been a year of extraordinary swings of emotion. When news spread of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in north-east Japan on March 11th 2011,...

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This time, Beijing must take risks

28.02.12 Publication:

China is the sort of country, and economy, that can make you feel giddy. No sooner do you think you have grasped the basics of how China works and the...

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The possibility of change now is real

09.02.12 Publication:

Time is said to be a great healer, but the way in which Italy’s image abroad has been transformed in the three months between President Silvio Berlusconi’s...

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What Monti should say

15.01.12 Publication:

The indiscipline of member states that led to the euro crisis, wrote a wise man last June, occurred thanks to "an unhealthy politeness towards each other, and...

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Lifesaving medicine for the Euro

08.12.11 Publication:

Sadly, one good day will not save the euro, and neither will pious promises to behave better in the future. For sure, Italy´s austerity plan and the...

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Because Italy can do it

13.11.11 Publication:

Watching Italy during the past few years has been like watching a slow-motion car crash. Or perhaps a better, more English analogy would be to compare il Bel...

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Chasing lost credibility

02.11.11 Publication:

What is credibility? In one of his films, Groucho Marx might have said that credibility, alongside integrity, is essential in life, and if you can fake that,...

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That’s why the crime of Perugia has become a unique case

05.10.11 Publication:

Having spent most of September in Perugia, I know that it usually feels delightfully isolated from the outside world, except of course that it is full of...

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That´s why the crime of Perugia has become a unique case

05.10.11 Publication:

Having spent most of September in Perugia, I know that it usually feels delightfully isolated from the outside world, except of course that it is full of...

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Powerlessness of a fragile system

10.08.11 Publication:

He won’t think this very often, but as he returned home early from his Italian holiday to take charge of the emergency, the British prime minister, David...

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The entrepreneur who does not understand Italy the company

05.08.11 Publication:

The turmoil in financial markets is almost enough to make you agree with the President of the Council: Italy looks like the victim of this crisis, not its...

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The transparency of a scandal

20.07.11 Publication:

British scandals, it should now be abundantly clear, work quite differently from Italian ones. In Italy, scandals start with a seemingly huge revelation and...

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Be careful, Italy, or risk your credibility

10.07.11 Publication:

During the past two years of writing and talking a lot about Italy, whenever I have said something critical about weaknesses in the Italian economy, almost...

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When readers’ trust is betrayed

07.07.11 Publication:

British journalists can often be annoyingly arrogant and self-important, even while they pretend to disparage themselves as being even less popular than...

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When readers´ trust is betrayed

07.07.11 Publication:

British journalists can often be annoyingly arrogant and self-important, even while they pretend to disparage themselves as being even less popular than...

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