Italy

Record daily coronavirus death tolls in Italy and Spain since September

By Will Morrow, 19 November 2020

On Tuesday, another 731 people died in Italy, and 753 on Wednesday, the highest tolls since the previous peak in March.

700 Greek schools occupied by students protesting unsafe return to classes

By Robert Stevens and John Vassilopoulos, 30 September 2020

Given that it is mainly secondary education impacted, more than one in five of the country’s 3,168 high schools have been occupied.

Student protests against herd immunity policy spread across Greece

By Alex Lantier, 25 September 2020

High school students marched in Athens and Thessaloniki Thursday as occupations of high schools and strikes by doctors, port workers and airline workers spread.

Italian regional elections: Political elite shifts further right

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2020

Elections for the presidents and parliaments in six of Italy’s 18 regions were held on Sunday and Monday. The first election since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic was seen as a test for the government in Rome.

Italian composer Francesco Lotoro rescues music composed in the concentration camps

By Fred Mazelis, 21 July 2020

Lotoro has devoted three decades to the research and discovery of music written and performed in defiance of Nazi barbarism.

Bombing of Turkey’s Watiya base escalates Franco-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2020

The decade-long civil war between rival imperialist-backed warlords triggered by the 2011 NATO war in Libya is spiraling out of control.

Italy hands Fiat Chrysler a multi-billion-euro bailout

By Allison Smith, 30 June 2020

The €6 billion corporate bailout for Fiat is to be financed by social austerity targeting working people in Italy and attacks on jobs and wages at Fiat Chrysler internationally.

WHO warns of “very significant” coronavirus resurgence in Europe

By Will Morrow, 27 June 2020

The resurgence is driven by governments’ reopening policy, whose aim is the full resumption of corporate profit-making, regardless of the threat to workers.

Spike in Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus in France and Italy, one child dies

By Will Morrow, 18 May 2020

This is a damning indictment of capitalist governments internationally which are reopening schools and asserting that the virus does not harm children.

Italian statistics agency reveals real coronavirus death toll is higher by 12,000

By Will Morrow, 7 May 2020

Even as the coronavirus pandemic’s scale is being covered up, Italian authorities have begun a full re-opening of the economy that will kills tens of thousands.

Euro zone economy contracts at record pace

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2020

The European Central Bank has taken the same road as the US Fed, committing itself to pump still more money across the board into the financial markets.

Europe’s pandemic death toll passes 100,000

By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2020

The five major states in Europe—Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK—account for around 85,000 of the 100,000 plus deaths.

COVID-19 deaths surpass 76,000 in Europe as Spanish government sends millions back to work

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2020

More than 30 National Health Service workers are reported to have died as the UK’s death toll rises above 10,000.

European governments plot return to work in midst of pandemic

By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020

As plans were being hatched over how to impose a return to work, over 4,000 new pandemic deaths were reported in Europe on Friday, bringing the total for the continent to over 70,000.

Europe’s investors celebrate stock market rally as thousands die of COVID-19

By Jordan Shilton, 10 April 2020

While over 4,100 people died of COVID-19 yesterday, stock markets finished the week with huge gains as the ruling elite’s plan to force workers back to work emerges.

As Europe’s COVID-19 death toll nears 50,000, British PM Johnson admitted to hospital

By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2020

There is mounting evidence that fatalities are much higher when deaths outside hospitals are factored in.

Warning of food riots, Rome sends 20,000 troops to patrol southern Italy

By Allison Smith, 6 April 2020

Residents contacted by the WSWS denied that any mass food riots are taking place, even as workers in lockdown run out of money to buy food.

Unemployment surges in Europe amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2020

The catastrophe now unfolding in Europe is rooted not in the biological properties of the coronavirus, but in the political bankruptcy of European capitalism.

“We cannot abandon the nurses”

Nurse suicides rise in Europe amid stress of COVID-19 pandemic

By Allison Smith, 31 March 2020

Last week, 34-year-old nurse Daniella Trezzi, who worked in the COVID-19 intensive care ward of San Gerardo hospital at Monza, near Milan, committed suicide.

Pandemic death toll in Europe rises to 19,000 as savaged health care systems are overwhelmed

By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe’s 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.

Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps

By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020

The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.

Death toll over 12,000 in Europe as coronavirus infections escalate

By Thomas Scripps, 25 March 2020

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to “change the trajectory,” but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.

Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020

Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.

“There will be no solution outside an internationally coordinated effort”

Italian health care workers speak out on coronavirus pandemic

By Marc Wells, 21 March 2020

The health care system in Italy, now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, is under unbearable strain amid an exponential increase in infections and deaths.

Italy’s death toll overtakes China’s

Coronavirus crisis cripples Italy’s health care system

By Marc Wells, 20 March 2020

Italy now counts more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic than any other country in the world.

Going into lockdown, Europe overtakes China as coronavirus epicenter

By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2020

Europe is set to soon have more coronavirus cases than China and already has seen more deaths: 3,401 people have died in Europe, and 3,226 have died in China.

The impact of the coronavirus crisis in Florence

By our reporter, 17 March 2020

The inadequacies are largely due to the constant cuts that have been made to the national health system over the last two-three decades, under every government, whether center-right or center-left.

As Europe becomes the new epicenter of pandemic

Trump administration official admits coronavirus could kill millions in US

By Benjamin Mateus, 16 March 2020

The World Health Organization has declared Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, as more people have died outside China than within it.

More than 250 deaths in Italy in one day as coronavirus continues to spread

By Allison Smith, 14 March 2020

Italy is the focal point of the outbreak in Europe, which Europe is now reporting more new cases each day than China did, even at the height of its outbreak.

Wildcat strikes erupt across Italy to demand idling of plants during coronavirus pandemic

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 14 March 2020

The working class, not the financial markets and their corrupt political and trade union representatives, must decide what plants run and under what conditions.

Italy’s coronavirus epidemic surges as mass layoffs announced

By Allison Smith, 12 March 2020

Not a single European Union country has responded to Italy’s appeal for desperately-needed emergency medical supplies.

Coronavirus pandemic surges across Europe

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 11 March 2020

Thousands fell ill with coronavirus and hundreds died yesterday in Europe as the pandemic kept surging across the continent.

Prison riots erupt as Rome extends coronavirus lockdown to all of Italy

By Alex Lantier, 10 March 2020

Inmates’ families protested outside prisons against the authorities’ refusal to release prisoners or provide them with protection from contagion inside overcrowded prisons.

Italy quarantines multiple provinces as coronavirus death toll rises to 366

By Allison Smith, 9 March 2020

At least 16 million people are affected by state orders limiting public gatherings and events, as infighting spreads in ruling circles over how to halt the spread of the virus.

Cities quarantined in Italy, Iran, South Korea as coronavirus spreads globally

By Alex Lantier, 24 February 2020

Medical staff are racing to avert a deadly global pandemic, underscoring the need for a coordinated, international medical campaign to halt the spread of the disease.

Italian ruling parties defeat far-right Lega in Emilia-Romagna elections

By Peter Schwarz, 29 January 2020

While the candidate of the extreme right-wing Lega was clearly defeated in the Emilia-Romagna elections by the candidate of the Democrats, the rise of the right-wing extremists has by no means been stopped.

The significance of Italy’s Sardines movement

By Marc Wells, 25 January 2020

In less than two months, the Sardines movement, a social media initiative, has mobilized thousands of protesters against the right-wing former deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini.

Italian air traffic controllers go on strike

By Marianne Arens, 17 January 2020

A strike by air traffic controllers at Italian airports brought air traffic to a halt, with travellers facing long delays.

Venice sees second worst flooding in recorded history

By Allison Smith, 19 November 2019

Massive flooding last week brought Venice, Italy to its knees, with local authorities estimating that more than 85 percent of the city is under water.

Macron, Steinmeier visit Rome to prepare new EU repression of refugees

By Alex Lantier, 20 September 2019

The removal of the neo-fascists from the Italian government has not produced any shift towards a less militaristic and anti-refugee policy.

Italy: Conte wins vote of confidence

By Marianne Arens, 12 September 2019

The Conte II cabinet will continue the previous government’s murderous refugee policy, militarisation, and austerity measures dictated by the EU and Italian banks.

Five Star-Democrat coalition government announced in Italy

By Alex Lantier, 5 September 2019

Cobbled together in backroom deals to avoid elections while continuing austerity and attacks on refugees, this government is no alternative to its far-right predecessor.

Five Star Movement and social democrats to continue attacks on Italian working class in new government coalition

By Peter Schwarz, 30 August 2019

The new government, if it is actually formed, will only accelerate the lurch of Italian politics to the right.

Italy’s Five Star populists and social democrats try to form shaky coalition government

By Mike Head, 29 August 2019

The alliance is an attempt to prevent early elections and clear the way for an austerity budget to impose deeper cuts on the working class.

Resignation of Italian Prime Minister Conte triggers government crisis

By Marianne Arens, 22 August 2019

The most important task of a new government is to present an EU-compliant budget by October 15, which will require massive cuts at the expense of the working class.

The political crisis in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 21 August 2019

The problems and tasks facing the international working class as a whole are revealed in Italy as if under a microscope.

Italy: Democrats, Five-Star Movement call for technocratic government

By Marianne Arens, 14 August 2019

On August 20, the Senate will hold a confidence vote on the current government, after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini broke the governing alliance.

Italy: Salvini seeks coalition with fascist Fratelli d’Italia

By Marianne Arens, 10 August 2019

In a surprise coup, the leader of the Lega is attempting to carry out a shift to the right and to prepare fascistic forms of rule.

Alitalia workers to bear the costs of selloff of Italy’s national airline

By Marianne Arens, 3 August 2019

With the full support of the unions, Italy’s government and major investors are preparing to implement sweeping attacks on Alitalia’s workforce in the name of retaining the company as a “national airline.”

German captain of refugee rescue ship Sea Watch 3 arrested in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 1 July 2019

A few hours after the arrest, mayor of Naples Luigi di Magistris dedicated a sailing boat parade to the brave captain “and all other men and women being unfairly persecuted.”

Italy: Captain in court for saving people in distress at sea

By Marianne Arens, 20 June 2019

Pia Klemp, who has rescued about 5,000 people in distress in a total of six missions, faces up to 20 years imprisonment and heavy fines.

European Union threatens to sanction Italy over budget deficit

By Peter Schwarz, 14 June 2019

The dispute over Italy’s state debt has flared up once again following the European elections.

Right-wing Italian authorities threaten migrant rescuer with 20 years in prison

By Allison Smith, 9 April 2019

Miguel Roldán Espinosa, a Spanish firefighter, is under criminal investigation and faces a potentially lengthy prison sentence.

Fascists mount pogrom against Roma population in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 6 April 2019

The fascists, who feel emboldened by the Italian government, enjoy little support among the population.

Fiction and reality: The Italian Five-Star Movement’s citizen income scheme

By Marianne Arens, 22 March 2019

The “reddito di cittadinanza” (citizen income) is a vanity project of the co-governing Five-Star Movement that will not change Italy’s stark social inequality.

Milan, Italy: 200,000 march against racism

By Marianne Arens, 11 March 2019

Some 200,000 people demonstrated last Saturday in Milan against the right-wing coalition government, which closes ports to immigrant vessels and lets people drown in the Mediterranean.

French-Italian proxy war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2019

There are concrete material interests behind the sharp tensions between France and Italy, which in February led to France recalling its ambassador in Rome.

Italy: Mass demonstration in Rome against right-wing government

By Marianne Arens, 14 February 2019

The march was supported by workers, retirees and school students who want to fight the government’s right-wing policies. But the union leaders, Democratic Party representatives and pseudo-left politicians lent the rally a pro-business orientation.

France recalls its ambassador to Italy

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2019

The decision to recall the French ambassador to Italy points to an accelerating collapse of relations between the major imperialist powers of Europe.

Bolivia’s Morales and Brazil’s Bolsonaro collaborate in rendition of Cesare Battisti to Italy

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2019

Bolivia’s role in what amounted to an extra-judicial rendition is emblematic of the sharp rightward turn of what remains of Latin America’s “Pink Tide” governments.

Israel rolls out the welcome mat for Europe’s neo-fascists

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2018

Netanyahu’s hailing of Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Salvini as a “great friend of Israel” demonstrates the affinity between the Zionist state and neo-fascism.

Black Friday strikes hit Amazon in Europe

By our reporters, 24 November 2018

Amazon workers launched strikes and protests in Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and the UK.

Budget dispute between Italy and EU escalates

By Peter Schwarz, 22 November 2018

If the financial markets impose further interest-rate increases on Italian government bonds, it could lead to a chain reaction of bank bankruptcies across the whole of Europe.

Protests and strikes signal mounting hostility toward Italian government

By Allison Smith, 1 November 2018

A protest against deteriorating conditions in Rome followed on the heels of a 24-hour “Black Friday” general strike by public sector workers.

European Commission rejects Italy’s 2019 budget

By Alexandre Lantier and Marianne Arens, 24 October 2018

The EU’s first-ever decision to formally strike down the budget of a member state points to growing class and international tensions tearing the EU apart.

European Union and Rome fight over Italian budget

By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2018

In the conflict over the Italian budget, the EU Commission takes the side of the banks, stock exchanges and credit agencies, while the government pursues a course of militarism and attacks on immigrants and workers.

Italian Interior Minister Salvini orders removal of migrants from Riace

By Marianne Arens, 19 October 2018

The right-wing coalition government has ordered the removal of all migrants from the “village of hospitality” in southern Calabria.

Italy: Arrest of Riace mayor sparks protests

By Allison Smith, 10 October 2018

The arrest of Domenico Lucano, the mayor of a small town in the Calabria region of Italy, sparked pro-immigrant protests across Italy this past weekend.

Anticapitalistas in Spain’s Podemos debate orienting to far-right Italian regime

By Alejandro López, 20 September 2018

While weakly criticising applause from Podemos of the Salvini government’s policies, the Pabloites are only concerned that it would expose them to criticism from the left.

Italian officials received prior warnings of catastrophic bridge collapse in Genoa

By Allison Smith and Marc Wells, 20 September 2018

The government and private bridge operator received repeated warnings about the bridge’s structural integrity.

Top Spanish pseudo-lefts hail Italian neo-fascist government

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2018

Weeks after Sahra Wagenknecht launched the anti-immigrant #Aufstehen movement, figures in Podemos are discussing alliances with right-wing forces.

Turkish lira crisis renews fears of Italian banking system collapse

By Allison Smith, 5 September 2018

Italy’s largest banks are heavily exposed to Turkey’s economy through nearly €20 billion in loans, many of which are going into default.

Italy’s far-right interior minister charged with kidnapping

By Marianne Arens, 30 August 2018

The state attorney in Agrigento is investigating Italy’s interior minister and chairman of the Lega (League), Matteo Salvini, on charges of deprivation of liberty, illegal detention and abuse of office.

Political recriminations as death toll rises in Genoa bridge collapse

By Marianne Arens, 17 August 2018

Leaders of the right-wing coalition government of Lega and the FiveStars Movement rushed to the city to pretend concern for the victims ofthe tragedy.

Vehicle crashes claim lives of 16 migrant workers in Italy

By Allison Smith, 17 August 2018

The deadly vehicle crashes—caused by sheer greed for profit at the expense of the labourers—are linked to the extremely right-wing course of the government in Rome.

At least 35 killed in Italy bridge collapse

By Allison Smith, 15 August 2018

The death toll has reached 35, with at least seven seriously injured and 440 forced to evacuate their homes following a gas leak.

Unexpectedly restrained: Matteo Garrone’s Dogman

Based on a horrific 1988 murder in Rome

By Emanuele Saccarelli, 30 July 2018

Dogman is a serious attempt to deal with a difficult, and in this climate not especially promising subject.

Italy strands rescue ship Lifeline as EU refugee summit collapses

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2018

This is only one of the horrors taking place in Mediterranean waters between Italy and Libya, as the EU moves to block refugee flows.

Italy’s interior minister announces plan to register Roma and Sinti

By Marianne Arens, 23 June 2018

Salvini’s project of a Roma card index recalls one of the darkest periods in European history, drawing its inspiration directly from the vicious measures of Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime.

Right-wing smears against refugee aid workers in the Mediterranean

By Marianne Arens, 22 June 2018

The closure of Italian ports to civilian rescue ships goes hand in hand with the lies and slanders made against NGO rescue ships.

Thousands protest against Italian government’s closure of ports for refugee ships

By Marianne Arens, 19 June 2018

The unspeakable tragedy playing out in the Mediterranean will only be made worse by the new restrictions on rescue ships.

Clashing with Rome, Paris persecutes refugees at Italian border

By Athiyan Silva and Alex Lantier, 18 June 2018

While making empty criticisms of Rome’s callous refusal to help 629 refugees trapped aboard the Aquarius, Macron is stepping up France’s offensive against refugees.

Italian government turns away ship with 629 refugees aboard

By Marianne Arens, 12 June 2018

A decree by the new right-wing Italian government has prevented a ship with more than 600 refugees from landing in Italy. It is the result of the entire EU refugee policy.

Italy: Immigrant harvest worker shot dead

By Marianne Arens, 9 June 2018

Young immigrant shot just hours after Italy’s new far-right government took office.

Extreme-right Italian government takes shape

By Marianne Arens, 6 June 2018

In Italy, the new government of the Lega and the Five Star Movement is due to take power following a final vote of confidence in parliament on Wednesday.

Extreme right takes power in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 2 June 2018

The new Italian government sworn in yesterday in Rome is the most right-wing since the fall of the fascist Duce Benito Mussolini in 1945.

The anti-worker program of Italy’s new populist and neo-fascist government

By Marc Wells, 1 June 2018

The policies adopted in the new government's program reflect the neo-fascist character of Lega as well as the law-and-order approach of the Five Star Movement.

Italian president considers installing neo-fascist government

By Alex Lantier, 31 May 2018

President Sergio Mattarella said he would not install a technocratic government without first trying to form a coalition between the Five Star Movement and the far-right Lega party.

Naming of technocratic government plunges Italy into crisis of class rule

By Alex Lantier, 30 May 2018

Financial markets are panicking and protests are being called, as bitter divisions inside the Italian bourgeoisie erupt to the surface.

Italy: IMF economist to form technocratic government

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2018

For now, the attempt to form a government of the Five Star protest movement and the far-right Lega in Italy has failed.

Italy: Most right-wing government since Mussolini

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2018

On Sunday, the protest Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing extremist Lega agreed on a joint government programme.

Five Star Movement and Lega unveil coalition agreement to form right-wing Italian government

By Marianne Arens, 19 May 2018

The ultra-right extremists and Beppe Grillo’s protest movement intend to deport half a million immigrants and eliminate tens of thousands of public sector jobs.

Rome: Buses explode due to lack of maintenance

By Allison Smith, 15 May 2018

Last year, 22 buses were destroyed by fire in the Italian capital and 2018 is already on track to being far worse, with four bus fires in a single month.

Lega and Five Star Movement prepare a joint government in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 12 May 2018

In Italy, the right-wing extremist Lega and the Five Star protest movement are negotiating the formation of a joint government. A result is expected at the beginning of next week.

No solution to Italian government crisis

By Marianne Arens, 8 May 2018

The second attempt to form a government failed on May 3 when the leadership of the Democratic Party rejected a coalition with the Five Star Movement.

Italy continues without a government

By Marianne Arens, 21 April 2018

Six weeks after the March 4 parliamentary election there is still no new Italian government in sight.

Italy: Five Star Movement makes a deal with the far-right League

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 30 March 2018

The protest movement Five Star and the far-right League have moved closer together. They might now form a coalition government.

Why the far-right won in Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 7 March 2018

Decades of austerity and attacks on democratic rights by the official “left” in Italy, aided and abetted by its pseudo-left apologists, have produced an electoral victory by the far-right parties.

Right-wing parties benefit from anger over austerity, inequality

Historic defeat for social democrats in Italian election

By Marianne Arens, 6 March 2018

Amid growing popular disaffection with the centre-left parties and their pseudo-left apologists, Sunday’s parliamentary election resulted in a victory for the right-wing and extreme-right forces.

Hung parliament emerges in Italy as social-democratic vote collapses

By Alex Lantier, 5 March 2018

Yesterday’s general elections in Italy have produced a hung parliament and a historic collapse of the ruling social-democratic Democratic Party.