Italy

How Britain lost the war against coronavirus

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The art of corona warfare

Covid statistics are just politics by other means

5 May 2020 9:57 pm

Statistics is the continuation of politics by other means, to misquote Clausewitz. One hundred and fifty years after the crushing…

Have we been fighting a very different disease to China?

4 May 2020 10:13 pm

One of the great mysteries of coronavirus is how the epidemic has become much more severe in Europe and North…

I’m recovering – but I glimpsed the coronavirus cliff edge

11 April 2020 9:00 am

So I’ve had the virus. Or rather, I think I have. Ordinary mortals can no longer get tested by the…

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Italy gave China PPE to help with coronavirus — then China made them buy it back

5 April 2020 5:17 am

China has tried to restore its image after lying to the world about the seriousness of its coronavirus outbreak, but…

Spain and Italy have been abandoned by the EU

1 April 2020 11:57 pm

If ever there was a time for the EU to show the benefit of belonging to an economic bloc with…

The evidence on Covid-19 is not as clear as we think

28 March 2020 9:00 am

There is still plenty we don’t understand about the virus

Life under lockdown: Italy is being consumed by panic

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Italy is being consumed by panic

Italians believe the coronavirus outbreak shows their superiority

7 March 2020 9:00 am

During times of contagion, you begin to understand why fascist salutes were once so popular. The foot-tap is replacing the…

Why I’ll never become an MP

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Every now and then someone asks me if I have ever thought of becoming an MP. My response tends to…

Conservative politician forced to apologise for attending conservative conference

14 February 2020 9:28 am

Every now and then someone asks me if I have ever thought of becoming a politician. My response tends to…

Words to live by from Saint John Henry Newman

21 December 2019 9:00 am

On 13 October, John Henry Newman, a distinguished and distinctive Englishman, was officially declared a Saint. A well-known saying of…

Why Tuscany always beats Provence for me

14 December 2019 9:00 am

A family of peacocks is sunning itself in our villa garden. They all look extraordinarily happy and composed, especially the…

Venice needs Venexit

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Some of Venice’s problems are well known: the challenge of conserving her famous buildings, the dangers of poorly managed mass…

Should I return to the land of my Italian ancestors?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

When I was growing up, my Italian grandfather was my favourite person. He taught me to play a mean game…

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…

Italy, in seven hours and five trains

20 July 2019 9:00 am

The train standing at platform 1A had no air-conditioning and the heat was stupefying. Latecomers pressing into the carriage reacted…

Tuscany’s killer climate

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The hotel manager had arranged for me to borrow an Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto two-seater convertible (1982) for the afternoon.…

Matteo Salvini takes a selfie with five children who helped to save their classmates during the 20 March Milan bus attack

Matteo Salvini: the man reinventing populist politics

6 April 2019 9:00 am

While Britain continues to try to struggle its way out of the EU, perhaps it is wise to consider what…

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…

Europe’s culture clash: Macron vs Salvini is a battle over a continent’s soul

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Two weeks ago Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s vice-premier and Labour Minister and the top politician of the Five Star Movement…

The telltale signs your child is texting about Jeeves and Wooster

5 January 2019 9:00 am

You’ll be relieved to learn my penguin is back. ‘How long was it gone?’ you ask. About six months. ‘And…

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…

Richard Madeley: Thanks to Gavin Williamson, everyone is calling me ‘the Terminator’

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Down here near Nice, you find most locals unsurprised by the catastrophic Genoa bridge collapse. The Italian border is only…