Italy

Europe’s reckless caution over AstraZeneca

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The first smear campaign against AstraZeneca, when Emmanuel Macron falsely claimed at the start of the year that the jab…

Portrait of the week: Tributes to Sarah Everard, rows over AstraZeneca and Nokia cuts jobs

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Home A Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens, 48, was charged with the kidnap and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who…

The EU's ugly vaccine nationalism

5 March 2021 5:09 am

We have to rid the world of vaccine nationalism. No one is protected until we are all protected. And we…

Can Italy's arch Eurocrat save his country?

21 February 2021 8:00 pm

The world these days is so blasè about the destruction of democracy that no one even thinks it worthy of…

Can 'super' Mario Draghi save Italy from itself?

9 February 2021 6:00 pm

In the aftermath of the financial crash, two ‘Super Marios’ came to Italy’s rescue. Mario Draghi, then president of the European…

How Argentina conquered Malbec

30 January 2021 9:00 am

When Napoleon III proclaimed himself Emperor of France in 1852, he unwittingly kickstarted quality wine production in Chile and Argentina.…

Every page of this astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus is a treat

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laura Freeman is transported by J.C. Volkamer’s astonishingly beautiful ode to the citrus

Every scene Sophia Loren isn’t in feels like a wasted one: The Life Ahead reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The Life Ahead stars Sophia Loren, and if there is one reason to see The Life Ahead it is this:…

A cautionary tale about how democracy can subvert itself: Bunga Bunga reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Italy has long captivated romantics from rainy, dreary, orderly northern Europe. Goethe, Stendhal, Keats and Shelley all flocked to Italy…

Britain’s bizarre Italian travel guidance

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Here’s a tip. When the Foreign Office advises against going somewhere, hop on the next plane. The mandarins have advised…

Soave, an original sin-free wine

22 August 2020 9:00 am

‘The Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day’: surely one of the most beautiful images…

Italy’s Achilles heel: corruption and cronyism

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Tim Parks is a seasoned, incisive observer of football, the railways, work, domestication and plenty more in his adoptive country…

How to get into a club and on to a plane

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Disaster struck the Young family last Friday. My 12-year-old son Charlie woke up with a temperature. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t matter,…

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…