Italian air traffic controllers go on strike

By Marianne Arens, 17 January 2020

A strike by air traffic controllers at Italian airports brought air traffic to a halt, with travellers facing long delays.

Venice sees second worst flooding in recorded history

By Allison Smith, 19 November 2019

Massive flooding last week brought Venice, Italy to its knees, with local authorities estimating that more than 85 percent of the city is under water.

Macron, Steinmeier visit Rome to prepare new EU repression of refugees

By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2019

The removal of the neo-fascists from the Italian government has not produced any shift towards a less militaristic and anti-refugee policy.

Italy: Conte wins vote of confidence

By Marianne Arens, 12 September 2019

The Conte II cabinet will continue the previous government’s murderous refugee policy, militarisation, and austerity measures dictated by the EU and Italian banks.

Five Star-Democrat coalition government announced in Italy

By Alex Lantier, 5 September 2019

Cobbled together in backroom deals to avoid elections while continuing austerity and attacks on refugees, this government is no alternative to its far-right predecessor.

Five Star Movement and social democrats to continue attacks on Italian working class in new government coalition

By Peter Schwarz, 30 August 2019

The new government, if it is actually formed, will only accelerate the lurch of Italian politics to the right.

Italy’s Five Star populists and social democrats try to form shaky coalition government

By Mike Head, 29 August 2019

The alliance is an attempt to prevent early elections and clear the way for an austerity budget to impose deeper cuts on the working class.

Resignation of Italian Prime Minister Conte triggers government crisis

By Marianne Arens, 22 August 2019

The most important task of a new government is to present an EU-compliant budget by October 15, which will require massive cuts at the expense of the working class.

The political crisis in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2019

The problems and tasks facing the international working class as a whole are revealed in Italy as if under a microscope.

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Italy: Democrats, Five-Star Movement call for technocratic government

By Marianne Arens, 14 August 2019

On August 20, the Senate will hold a confidence vote on the current government, after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini broke the governing alliance.

Italy: Salvini seeks coalition with fascist Fratelli d’Italia

By Marianne Arens, 10 August 2019

In a surprise coup, the leader of the Lega is attempting to carry out a shift to the right and to prepare fascistic forms of rule.

Alitalia workers to bear the costs of selloff of Italy’s national airline

By Marianne Arens, 3 August 2019

With the full support of the unions, Italy’s government and major investors are preparing to implement sweeping attacks on Alitalia’s workforce in the name of retaining the company as a “national airline.”

German captain of refugee rescue ship Sea Watch 3 arrested in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 1 July 2019

A few hours after the arrest, mayor of Naples Luigi di Magistris dedicated a sailing boat parade to the brave captain “and all other men and women being unfairly persecuted.”

Italy: Captain in court for saving people in distress at sea

By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2019

Pia Klemp, who has rescued about 5,000 people in distress in a total of six missions, faces up to 20 years imprisonment and heavy fines.

European Union threatens to sanction Italy over budget deficit

By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2019

The dispute over Italy’s state debt has flared up once again following the European elections.

Right-wing Italian authorities threaten migrant rescuer with 20 years in prison

By Allison Smith, 9 April 2019

Miguel Roldán Espinosa, a Spanish firefighter, is under criminal investigation and faces a potentially lengthy prison sentence.

Fascists mount pogrom against Roma population in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 6 April 2019

The fascists, who feel emboldened by the Italian government, enjoy little support among the population.

Fiction and reality: The Italian Five-Star Movement’s citizen income scheme

By Marianne Arens, 22 March 2019

The “reddito di cittadinanza” (citizen income) is a vanity project of the co-governing Five-Star Movement that will not change Italy’s stark social inequality.

Milan, Italy: 200,000 march against racism

By Marianne Arens, 11 March 2019

Some 200,000 people demonstrated last Saturday in Milan against the right-wing coalition government, which closes ports to immigrant vessels and lets people drown in the Mediterranean.

French-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2019

There are concrete material interests behind the sharp tensions between France and Italy, which in February led to France recalling its ambassador in Rome.

Italy: Mass demonstration in Rome against right-wing government

By Marianne Arens, 14 February 2019

The march was supported by workers, retirees and school students who want to fight the government’s right-wing policies. But the union leaders, Democratic Party representatives and pseudo-left politicians lent the rally a pro-business orientation.

France recalls its ambassador to Italy

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2019

The decision to recall the French ambassador to Italy points to an accelerating collapse of relations between the major imperialist powers of Europe.

Bolivia’s Morales and Brazil’s Bolsonaro collaborate in rendition of Cesare Battisti to Italy

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2019

Bolivia’s role in what amounted to an extra-judicial rendition is emblematic of the sharp rightward turn of what remains of Latin America’s “Pink Tide” governments.

Israel rolls out the welcome mat for Europe’s neo-fascists

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2018

Netanyahu’s hailing of Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Salvini as a “great friend of Israel” demonstrates the affinity between the Zionist state and neo-fascism.

Black Friday strikes hit Amazon in Europe

By our reporters, 24 November 2018

Amazon workers launched strikes and protests in Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and the UK.

Budget dispute between Italy and EU escalates

By Peter Schwarz, 22 November 2018

If the financial markets impose further interest-rate increases on Italian government bonds, it could lead to a chain reaction of bank bankruptcies across the whole of Europe.

Protests and strikes signal mounting hostility toward Italian government

By Allison Smith, 1 November 2018

A protest against deteriorating conditions in Rome followed on the heels of a 24-hour “Black Friday” general strike by public sector workers.

European Commission rejects Italy’s 2019 budget

By Alexandre Lantier and Marianne Arens, 24 October 2018

The EU’s first-ever decision to formally strike down the budget of a member state points to growing class and international tensions tearing the EU apart.

European Union and Rome fight over Italian budget

By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2018

In the conflict over the Italian budget, the EU Commission takes the side of the banks, stock exchanges and credit agencies, while the government pursues a course of militarism and attacks on immigrants and workers.

Italian Interior Minister Salvini orders removal of migrants from Riace

By Marianne Arens, 19 October 2018

The right-wing coalition government has ordered the removal of all migrants from the “village of hospitality” in southern Calabria.

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Italy: Arrest of Riace mayor sparks protests

By Allison Smith, 10 October 2018

The arrest of Domenico Lucano, the mayor of a small town in the Calabria region of Italy, sparked pro-immigrant protests across Italy this past weekend.

Anticapitalistas in Spain’s Podemos debate orienting to far-right Italian regime

By Alejandro López, 20 September 2018

While weakly criticising applause from Podemos of the Salvini government’s policies, the Pabloites are only concerned that it would expose them to criticism from the left.

Italian officials received prior warnings of catastrophic bridge collapse in Genoa

By Allison Smith and Marc Wells, 20 September 2018

The government and private bridge operator received repeated warnings about the bridge’s structural integrity.

Top Spanish pseudo-lefts hail Italian neo-fascist government

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2018

Weeks after Sahra Wagenknecht launched the anti-immigrant #Aufstehen movement, figures in Podemos are discussing alliances with right-wing forces.

Turkish lira crisis renews fears of Italian banking system collapse

By Allison Smith, 5 September 2018

Italy’s largest banks are heavily exposed to Turkey’s economy through nearly €20 billion in loans, many of which are going into default.

Italy’s far-right interior minister charged with kidnapping

By Marianne Arens, 30 August 2018

The state attorney in Agrigento is investigating Italy’s interior minister and chairman of the Lega (League), Matteo Salvini, on charges of deprivation of liberty, illegal detention and abuse of office.

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Political recriminations as death toll rises in Genoa bridge collapse

By Marianne Arens, 17 August 2018

Leaders of the right-wing coalition government of Lega and the FiveStars Movement rushed to the city to pretend concern for the victims ofthe tragedy.

Vehicle crashes claim lives of 16 migrant workers in Italy

By Allison Smith, 17 August 2018

The deadly vehicle crashes—caused by sheer greed for profit at the expense of the labourers—are linked to the extremely right-wing course of the government in Rome.

At least 35 killed in Italy bridge collapse

By Allison Smith, 15 August 2018

The death toll has reached 35, with at least seven seriously injured and 440 forced to evacuate their homes following a gas leak.

Unexpectedly restrained: Matteo Garrone’s Dogman

Based on a horrific 1988 murder in Rome

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 30 July 2018

Dogman is a serious attempt to deal with a difficult, and in this climate not especially promising subject.

Italy strands rescue ship Lifeline as EU refugee summit collapses

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2018

This is only one of the horrors taking place in Mediterranean waters between Italy and Libya, as the EU moves to block refugee flows.

Italy’s interior minister announces plan to register Roma and Sinti

By Marianne Arens, 23 June 2018

Salvini’s project of a Roma card index recalls one of the darkest periods in European history, drawing its inspiration directly from the vicious measures of Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime.

Right-wing smears against refugee aid workers in the Mediterranean

By Marianne Arens, 22 June 2018

The closure of Italian ports to civilian rescue ships goes hand in hand with the lies and slanders made against NGO rescue ships.

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Thousands protest against Italian government’s closure of ports for refugee ships

By Marianne Arens, 19 June 2018

The unspeakable tragedy playing out in the Mediterranean will only be made worse by the new restrictions on rescue ships.

Clashing with Rome, Paris persecutes refugees at Italian border

By Athiyan Silva and Alex Lantier, 18 June 2018

While making empty criticisms of Rome’s callous refusal to help 629 refugees trapped aboard the Aquarius, Macron is stepping up France’s offensive against refugees.

Italian government turns away ship with 629 refugees aboard

By Marianne Arens, 12 June 2018

A decree by the new right-wing Italian government has prevented a ship with more than 600 refugees from landing in Italy. It is the result of the entire EU refugee policy.

Italy: Immigrant harvest worker shot dead

By Marianne Arens, 9 June 2018

Young immigrant shot just hours after Italy’s new far-right government took office.

Extreme-right Italian government takes shape

By Marianne Arens, 6 June 2018

In Italy, the new government of the Lega and the Five Star Movement is due to take power following a final vote of confidence in parliament on Wednesday.

Extreme right takes power in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 2 June 2018

The new Italian government sworn in yesterday in Rome is the most right-wing since the fall of the fascist Duce Benito Mussolini in 1945.

The anti-worker program of Italy’s new populist and neo-fascist government

By Marc Wells, 1 June 2018

The policies adopted in the new government's program reflect the neo-fascist character of Lega as well as the law-and-order approach of the Five Star Movement.

Italian president considers installing neo-fascist government

By Alex Lantier, 31 May 2018

President Sergio Mattarella said he would not install a technocratic government without first trying to form a coalition between the Five Star Movement and the far-right Lega party.

Naming of technocratic government plunges Italy into crisis of class rule

By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2018

Financial markets are panicking and protests are being called, as bitter divisions inside the Italian bourgeoisie erupt to the surface.

Italy: IMF economist to form technocratic government

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2018

For now, the attempt to form a government of the Five Star protest movement and the far-right Lega in Italy has failed.

Italy: Most right-wing government since Mussolini

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2018

On Sunday, the protest Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing extremist Lega agreed on a joint government programme.

Five Star Movement and Lega unveil coalition agreement to form right-wing Italian government

By Marianne Arens, 19 May 2018

The ultra-right extremists and Beppe Grillo’s protest movement intend to deport half a million immigrants and eliminate tens of thousands of public sector jobs.

Rome: Buses explode due to lack of maintenance

By Allison Smith, 15 May 2018

Last year, 22 buses were destroyed by fire in the Italian capital and 2018 is already on track to being far worse, with four bus fires in a single month.

Lega and Five Star Movement prepare a joint government in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 12 May 2018

In Italy, the right-wing extremist Lega and the Five Star protest movement are negotiating the formation of a joint government. A result is expected at the beginning of next week.

No solution to Italian government crisis

By Marianne Arens, 8 May 2018

The second attempt to form a government failed on May 3 when the leadership of the Democratic Party rejected a coalition with the Five Star Movement.

Italy continues without a government

By Marianne Arens, 21 April 2018

Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.

Italy: Five Star Movement makes a deal with the far-right League

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 30 March 2018

The protest movement Five Star and the far-right League have moved closer together. They might now form a coalition government.

Why the far-right won in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2018

Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official “left” in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.

Right-wing parties benefit from anger over austerity, inequality

Historic defeat for social democrats in Italian election

By Marianne Arens, 6 March 2018

Amid growing popular disaffection with the centre-left parties and their pseudo-left apologists, Sunday’s parliamentary election resulted in a victory for the right-wing and extreme-right forces.

Hung parliament emerges in Italy as social-democratic vote collapses

By Alex Lantier, 5 March 2018

Yesterday’s general elections in Italy have produced a hung parliament and a historic collapse of the ruling social-democratic Democratic Party.

Elections in Italy deepen European Union crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 3 March 2018

Unless the polls are proved wrong, tomorrow’s parliamentary election in Italy will usher in a new stage in the crisis and instability of the European Union.

The Italian election alliance Potere al Popolo: A repackaging of pseudo-left politics

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2018

The driving force behind this new Italian electoral alliance is Rifondazione Comunista, which for many years played a crucial role in stabilising the bourgeois order and suppressing the class struggle.

The Italian elections: A perspective for the working class

By Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2018

All the political problems that confront workers and young people across Europe are expressed in concentrated form in the elections to be held in Italy this Sunday.

Twenty thousand demonstrate against fascist rampage in Macerata, Italy

By Marianne Arens, 15 February 2018

Some 20,000 protesters, many of them young people, participated in an anti-fascist march through the town of Macerata Saturday.

Italian election campaign officially opens

By Peter Schwarz, 30 December 2017

Italian President Sergio Matarella dissolved parliament on Thursday, opening campaigning for the election which will take place in the first week of March.

Italy’s “Black Wave” of neo-fascist attacks

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2017

Around 10,000 demonstrators protested last Saturday in the northern Italian city of Como against the “Black Wave”, the increase of neo-fascist attacks throughout the country.

The protracted decline of Italy’s Democratic Party

By Marianne Arens, 16 November 2017

The Social Democrats received just 13 percent of the vote in the Sicilian regional election.

Referendums on autonomy take place in northern Italy

By Marianne Arens, 23 October 2017

After both Maroni and Zaia claimed victory, Maroni said the outcome meant both regions could unite their forces for “the battle of the century.”

Earthquake on Italian island of Ischia: Grief is mixed with anger

By Marianne Arens, 1 September 2017

Although the earthquake on Ischia only measured 4 on the Richter scale, many buildings were reduced to rubble, two people died and 42 were injured.

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Refugees: EU strikes deadly deal with Libyan coast guard on refugees

By Marianne Arens, 19 August 2017

Returned to Libya, impoverished immigrants face execution, torture, rape, blackmail and abandonment in the middle of the desert.

Rome sends warships into Libyan waters to block refugees

By Alex Lantier, 5 August 2017

This mission points to the rising danger of a new imperialist intervention in Libya carried out by competing European powers.

European Union and Italy step up pressure on organisations assisting refugees

By Marianne Arens, 29 July 2017

The Italian government is demanding that NGOs involved in the rescue of refugees sign a “Code of Conduct,” restricting their activities in the Mediterranean Sea.

Italian local elections see defeat of Renzi’s Democratic Party

By Marianne Arens, 1 July 2017

With turnout below 50 percent, the election result is a huge vote of no confidence in the governing Democratic Party and the entire so-called centre-left camp.

New Italian electoral law fails

By Marianne Arens, 12 June 2017

A new electoral law, agreed on by Italy’s four main parties, was rejected by the chamber of deputies on Thursday after two days of debate.

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Alitalia bankruptcy exacerbates social tensions in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 5 May 2017

In a recent vote two-thirds of Alitalia pilots, flight attendants and ground crew rejected planned job cuts and pay cuts.

Italy: Pseudo-left founds Italian Left Party

By Marianne Arens, 25 February 2017

Sinistra Italiana has been formed out of Nichi Vendola’s SEL. Its role is to defend bourgeois rule, the European Union and the euro in their deepest crisis to date.

Italian court ruling sparks demands for early elections

By Marianne Arens, 2 February 2017

The government, which is under pressure from the EU and urgently needs time to get the acute banking crisis in Italy under control, opposes moving up the vote.

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Italy’s Five Star Movement leader seeks to shift course on Europe

By Marianne Arens, 16 January 2017

The European Parliament deputies of Italy’s Five Star Movement were to have shifted from a euroskeptic to a pro-European group. But they now find themselves back in the euroskeptic camp.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi of the Five Star Movement engulfed in corruption scandal

By Marianne Arens, 5 January 2017

Rarely has a party been so thoroughly unmasked as Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Rome.

Monte Paschi bank will seek Italian state bailout

By Alex Lantier and Marianne Arens, 23 December 2016

As Europe slides ever deeper into slump, tens of billions of euros are to be handed to the financial aristocracy in a bailout that only sets the stage for more social attacks.

Paolo Gentiloni named as new Italian prime minister

By Marianne Arens, 13 December 2016

At the head of a transitional government, Gentiloni will continue the policies of his predecessor Matteo Renzi, particularly in dealing with the massive banking and debt crisis.

European Central Bank rejects request by Italy for more time to rescue ailing lender

By Nick Beams, 10 December 2016

The move increases the odds of a government bailout that would impose major losses on small investors and bondholders.

European Central Bank cuts asset purchases but insists “quantitative easing” continues

By Nick Beams, 9 December 2016

President Mario Draghi emphasised that “uncertainty prevails everywhere” and it was very difficult to assess the long-term impact of the “radically new administration” in the US.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi officially resigns

By Marianne Arens, 8 December 2016

Italy’s Senate voted in favour of the budget and thus cleared the way for Renzi’s resignation.

Italian president “freezes” resignation of Prime Minister Renzi

By Peter Schwarz, 7 December 2016

The “No” vote in Sunday's referendum has thrown Italy, together with the EU, deeper into political crisis.

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Italian Prime Minister Renzi resigns after defeat in constitutional referendum

By Alex Lantier and Mark Wells, 5 December 2016

The vote on Renzi’s referendum, which was rejected by a margin of 59 to 41 percent, expresses growing opposition to the institutions of European and world capitalism.

Vote no on the Italian constitutional referendum!

By Joint statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), Parti de l'égalité Socialiste (France) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 3 December 2016

The referendum would give the prime minister virtually unchecked powers to impose his party's agenda, in a major step towards authoritarian forms of rule.

"No" vote in Italian referendum could spark banking crisis

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2016

Finance capital sees the referendum as a test of whether Prime Minister Renzi can push though “market restructuring” of the banking system and deepen attacks on the working class.

EU fears ‘no’ vote in Italian referendum

By Marianne Arens, 28 November 2016

The constitutional reform, a step toward authoritarian rule, is the key element of the program of Prime Minister Renzi.