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December 22, 2011

A New Census Takes Stock of Italy

Judith Harris

This October Italy launched a new national census on the family, the 15th such census in history, and by November, over 16 million families - 60% of the total – had already...

December 17, 2011

Letters from Italy After Berlusconi: Politics Behind the Scenes

Judith Harris

"The man who governs Italy has no power. At most he can ask a courtesy, but he can’t give orders. [Mussolini] was right when he said that it’s not difficult to govern the...

December 7, 2011

Blood, TV and Tears

Judith Harris

“Blood and tears” was what Premier Mario Monti warned would be in store for angst- and debt-ridden Italy, and so it is, with a prime time TV turn thrown in for good measure....

December 1, 2011

Welcome to the Quirinal Palace

Judith Harris
Courtesy of Quirinale
President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano with Prime Minister Mario Monti and Professor Paula Carucci

As a culmination of this year’s celebrations of 150 years of Italian unification, the monumental doors to a series of magnificent halls, which overlook the main square on one...

November 27, 2011

Is There Light at the End of the Tunnels

Judith Harris

The longing to see the light at the end of the tunnel has become more viscerally felt in Italy these days than ever since the early post-war era. Problem is, there are so many...

November 17, 2011

Super-Sober Mario Takes Charge

Judith Harris

Premier-Designate Mario Monti is often described in the media as Super Mario or Sober Mario. His government has had the support of banks, universities and the Roman Catholic...

November 15, 2011

From Fêtes to Fear: Scared of Mr. Monti

Judith Harris

As Berlusconi submitted his resignation, neo-Senator Mario Monti prepares to be Premier Designate

November 9, 2011

Wait Till the Donkey Kicks

Judith Harris

ROME - The front page of Il Sole-24 Ore, Italy's leading financial daily, said it all today, in a gigantic headline with just two words, written in 6-inch-tall letters: FATE...

November 7, 2011

As Genoa Drowns, Berlusconi Struggles to Stay Afloat

Judith Harris

Heavy rains and flooding in Genoa. At least seven people were killed on Friday. Another sad story after the small tornado in Le Cinque Terre eleven days ago. The fragility of...

October 31, 2011

Sketchbook of Life on Borrowed Time

Judith Harris

Businessman Enrico Frare from Treviso, 36, is a manufacturer of E-Group winter sportswear. This week he purchased an entire page of the daily Corriere della Sera as a protest...