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Is there a Euro-Atlantic populist wave?

May 5, 2019

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adapted from “Original Sins. Globalization, Populism, and the Six Contradictions Facing the European Union” – (May 2019, Mimesis International) – by Andrew Spannaus – In 2016, the world began to change, with the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump. In both cases, there was a revolt of the voters, an insurrection of ‘regular […]

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Italy Looks to China

April 25, 2019

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New Silk Road

Italy caused a political firestorm in mid-March when it announced that it would be joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative by signing a memorandum of understanding during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Rome from March 21 to 23. As the first G-7 country to accept a formal agreement to participate in the initiative, also […]

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The Euro-Establishment’s Fear of Populism

December 24, 2018

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Yellow Vests, Italian Budget Battles & Silent Labor Unions By Andrew Spannaus in Milan Special to Consortium News From the European Union’s standpoint, the historic levels of social unrest confronting French President Emmanuel Macron, one of its leading champions, came at a delicate moment in its dealings with Italy. Since mid-September, the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, […]

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Italian Government Prompts Showdown over EU Budget Criteria

November 8, 2018

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The Italian government of Giuseppe Conte, whose EU-critical policies are driven by the leaders of the two coalition partners, and Deputy Prime Ministers, Luigi Di Maio of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Matteo Salvini of the League, has decided to openly challenge EU budget rules. When in mid-September Economics Minister Giovanni Tria initially set […]

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For Italy, Trump Represents a ‘Populist’ Opportunity

August 20, 2018

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During the 2016 United States election campaign, most of Italy’s political class and media adopted the standard line about how Donald Trump was a grave threat to the stability of the Western world. Unlike previous Italian governments, which toed the pro-globalization line, the new government in Rome, supported by the anti-system Five Star Movement and the right-wingLeague, seems […]

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Maureen Mutua: Money Laundering Central to Numerous Criminal Activities

July 22, 2018

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Paolo Balmas – July 2018 Interview with Maureen Mutua Transatlantico returns to the issue of money laundering, dealt with in one of our first posts years ago, a widely-circulated interview with Antonio Maria Costa, former Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Paolo Balmas recently interviewed Maureen Mutua, a specialist […]

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A different view of Putin: interview with Alexander Dugin

July 15, 2018

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After the splash of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, U.S. President Donald Trump is now ready for another step in his disruptive diplomacy, a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump has never hidden his desire to improve relations with Russia. Indeed it has been central to his foreign policy goals, […]

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The Long Wave of 1968

June 10, 2018

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- by Andrew Spannaus – When we think of 1968 today, the first things that come to mind are the student movements, protests against the Vietnam War, and a new social consciousness. The year has become a synonym for a cultural shift, a breakaway from rigid traditions and a challenge to authority through youth activism […]

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European Earthquake: Italians Give Populists a Chance

May 25, 2018

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The revolt of voters across the Western world has reached a high point in Europe. The Five Star Movement and the League, two so-called “populist” political parties in Italy, are preparing to form a government after Wednesday’s appointment of a new prime minister following an election result that could directly challenge the foundations of the […]

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Italy’s Choice: Shock or Stagnation

March 2, 2018

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Exclusive: Italy’s elections this weekend represent a choice between the status quo, with risks of further austerity and structural reforms, or a wild card of populists who may lack competence and hold anti-democratic views, explains Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus Italy will hold elections on March 4, in which the essential choice for voters is […]

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