Nicholas Farrell

Will Italy’s warring politicians succeed in shutting Salvini out of power?

21 August 2019 6:24 am

What now looks like a distinct possibility in Italy after today’s resignation of Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is a…

The secret of Matteo Salvini’s success

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Last summer, when Italy became the first major European country to get a populist government, Steve Bannon was cock-a-hoop. The…

It may seem incredible, but I’d trust an Italian over a Frenchman any day

9 March 2019 9:00 am

For a few years before coming to Italy, I lived in Paris and I cannot tell you the life-enhancing difference…

The Italian crisis

1 December 2018 9:00 am

For those who believe in the European project, Brexit is a headache. Italy, on the other hand, is a bloody…

Will Italy become the first country to fall to populism?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

It looks indeed as if Italy — the beating pulse of European civilisation — will be the first country in…

Steve Bannon interview: “I’m fascinated by Mussolini”

17 March 2018 9:00 am

We are in a hotel suite at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Zurich when Stephen K. Bannon tells me he adores…

Italians aren’t fascists. They’re angry about immigration

3 March 2018 9:00 am

 Ravenna Amid relentless propaganda about Italy being in the grip of fascism, Italians go to the polls on Sunday. It…

Meet the anti-immigrant federalist who could well be Italy’s next prime minister

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The man who could become Italy’s next prime minister is sat just opposite the entrance to the huge US and…

Madness in the Med

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Humanitarian efforts are creating an even greater migrant crisis

Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Let us suppose that along the coast of Normandy up to one million non-EU migrants are waiting to be packed…

Nicole Minetti (with statutory sunglasses) in Milan in 2011. The bunga-bunga girl, catapulted into politics by Berlusconi, was accused of aiding and abetting prostitution and submitting fraudulent expenses

Good time girls: Italian women prefer sunglasses to babies, according to Nicholas Farrell

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Like so many Britons who chased the dream and woke up in Italy I have contemplated writing a book about…

The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Let’s face it. Whatever Pope Francis actually means when his head is in the clouds during those in-flight press conferences…

Italy’s in terminal decline, and no one has the guts to stop it

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Rome   The Rome Opera House sacked its entire orchestra and chorus the other day. Financed and managed by the…

Italy is killing refugees with kindness

6 September 2014 9:00 am

The next time you eat a fish from the Mediterranean, just remember that it may well have eaten a corpse.…

If Nigel Farage is worried about anti-Semitism, he shouldn't be teaming up with Beppe Grillo

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Nigel Farage turned down an alliance with Marine Le Pen in the European Parliament not because her ‘far right’ Front…

Italians for Maggie

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Now that the forces of evil have transformed Silvio Berlusconi into a condemned man, there remains just one person on…

Attack of the nudist lawyers

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Carla, my Italian wife, has a small house in a little town on the Adriatic near Ravenna called Lido di…