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.

Elections in Italy deepen European Union crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 3 March 2018

Unless the polls are proved wrong, tomorrow’s parliamentary election in Italy will usher in a new stage in the crisis and instability of the European Union.

The Italian election alliance Potere al Popolo: A repackaging of pseudo-left politics

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2018

The driving force behind this new Italian electoral alliance is Rifondazione Comunista, which for many years played a crucial role in stabilising the bourgeois order and suppressing the class struggle.

The Italian elections: A perspective for the working class

By Peter Schwarz, 28 February 2018

All the political problems that confront workers and young people across Europe are expressed in concentrated form in the elections to be held in Italy this Sunday.

Twenty thousand demonstrate against fascist rampage in Macerata, Italy

By Marianne Arens, 15 February 2018

Some 20,000 protesters, many of them young people, participated in an anti-fascist march through the town of Macerata Saturday.

Italian election campaign officially opens

By Peter Schwarz, 30 December 2017

Italian President Sergio Matarella dissolved parliament on Thursday, opening campaigning for the election which will take place in the first week of March.

Italy’s “Black Wave” of neo-fascist attacks

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2017

Around 10,000 demonstrators protested last Saturday in the northern Italian city of Como against the “Black Wave”, the increase of neo-fascist attacks throughout the country.

The protracted decline of Italy’s Democratic Party

By Marianne Arens, 16 November 2017

The Social Democrats received just 13 percent of the vote in the Sicilian regional election.

Referendums on autonomy take place in northern Italy

By Marianne Arens, 23 October 2017

After both Maroni and Zaia claimed victory, Maroni said the outcome meant both regions could unite their forces for “the battle of the century.”

Earthquake on Italian island of Ischia: Grief is mixed with anger

By Marianne Arens, 1 September 2017

Although the earthquake on Ischia only measured 4 on the Richter scale, many buildings were reduced to rubble, two people died and 42 were injured.

Refugees: EU strikes deadly deal with Libyan coast guard on refugees

By Marianne Arens, 19 August 2017

Returned to Libya, impoverished immigrants face execution, torture, rape, blackmail and abandonment in the middle of the desert.

Rome sends warships into Libyan waters to block refugees

By Alex Lantier, 5 August 2017

This mission points to the rising danger of a new imperialist intervention in Libya carried out by competing European powers.

European Union and Italy step up pressure on organisations assisting refugees

By Marianne Arens, 29 July 2017

The Italian government is demanding that NGOs involved in the rescue of refugees sign a “Code of Conduct,” restricting their activities in the Mediterranean Sea.

Italian local elections see defeat of Renzi’s Democratic Party

By Marianne Arens, 1 July 2017

With turnout below 50 percent, the election result is a huge vote of no confidence in the governing Democratic Party and the entire so-called centre-left camp.

New Italian electoral law fails

By Marianne Arens, 12 June 2017

A new electoral law, agreed on by Italy’s four main parties, was rejected by the chamber of deputies on Thursday after two days of debate.

Alitalia bankruptcy exacerbates social tensions in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 5 May 2017

In a recent vote two-thirds of Alitalia pilots, flight attendants and ground crew rejected planned job cuts and pay cuts.

Italy: Pseudo-left founds Italian Left Party

By Marianne Arens, 25 February 2017

Sinistra Italiana has been formed out of Nichi Vendola’s SEL. Its role is to defend bourgeois rule, the European Union and the euro in their deepest crisis to date.

Italian court ruling sparks demands for early elections

By Marianne Arens, 2 February 2017

The government, which is under pressure from the EU and urgently needs time to get the acute banking crisis in Italy under control, opposes moving up the vote.

Italy’s Five Star Movement leader seeks to shift course on Europe

By Marianne Arens, 16 January 2017

The European Parliament deputies of Italy’s Five Star Movement were to have shifted from a euroskeptic to a pro-European group. But they now find themselves back in the euroskeptic camp.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi of the Five Star Movement engulfed in corruption scandal

By Marianne Arens, 5 January 2017

Rarely has a party been so thoroughly unmasked as Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Rome.

Monte Paschi bank will seek Italian state bailout

By Alex Lantier and Marianne Arens, 23 December 2016

As Europe slides ever deeper into slump, tens of billions of euros are to be handed to the financial aristocracy in a bailout that only sets the stage for more social attacks.

Paolo Gentiloni named as new Italian prime minister

By Marianne Arens, 13 December 2016

At the head of a transitional government, Gentiloni will continue the policies of his predecessor Matteo Renzi, particularly in dealing with the massive banking and debt crisis.

European Central Bank rejects request by Italy for more time to rescue ailing lender

By Nick Beams, 10 December 2016

The move increases the odds of a government bailout that would impose major losses on small investors and bondholders.

European Central Bank cuts asset purchases but insists “quantitative easing” continues

By Nick Beams, 9 December 2016

President Mario Draghi emphasised that “uncertainty prevails everywhere” and it was very difficult to assess the long-term impact of the “radically new administration” in the US.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi officially resigns

By Marianne Arens, 8 December 2016

Italy’s Senate voted in favour of the budget and thus cleared the way for Renzi’s resignation.

Italian president “freezes” resignation of Prime Minister Renzi

By Peter Schwarz, 7 December 2016

The “No” vote in Sunday's referendum has thrown Italy, together with the EU, deeper into political crisis.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi resigns after defeat in constitutional referendum

By Alex Lantier and Mark Wells, 5 December 2016

The vote on Renzi’s referendum, which was rejected by a margin of 59 to 41 percent, expresses growing opposition to the institutions of European and world capitalism.

Vote no on the Italian constitutional referendum!

Joint statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), Parti de l'égalité Socialiste (France) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 3 December 2016

The referendum would give the prime minister virtually unchecked powers to impose his party's agenda, in a major step towards authoritarian forms of rule.

"No" vote in Italian referendum could spark banking crisis

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2016

Finance capital sees the referendum as a test of whether Prime Minister Renzi can push though “market restructuring” of the banking system and deepen attacks on the working class.

EU fears ‘no’ vote in Italian referendum

By Marianne Arens, 28 November 2016

The constitutional reform, a step toward authoritarian rule, is the key element of the program of Prime Minister Renzi.

Over 300 refugees drown in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 19 November 2016

Turning refugees away from Europe’s coasts and leaving them to drown in the Mediterranean is a crime that exposes the EU’s true brutality.

Right wing in Italy hails Trump’s election

By Marianne Arens, 18 November 2016

Beppe Grillo, the initiator of the Five-Star Movement, joins a long chain of right-wing and far-right politicians who have welcomed the election of Donald Trump.

Refugees face catastrophic conditions in Italy and Greece

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 November 2016

Amnesty International has accused the Italian security forces of using torture and ill-treatment to force refugees to be fingerprinted.

Another major earthquake strikes central Italy

By Marc Wells, 31 October 2016

At 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, Italians in the central area of Marche and Umbria were woken by a violent earthquake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.

In run-up to constitutional referendum

Italy: Another earthquake and an impending political crisis

By Marianne Arens, 29 October 2016

The latest earthquake has disrupted Matteo Renzi’s referendum campaign for December 4.

Italy: Strikes and protests against the Renzi government’s “Jobs Act”

By Marianne Arens, 4 October 2016

Italy is experiencing a wave of strikes by rail workers, flight attendants and teachers that are also directed against the traditional unions.

Italian Prime Minister Renzi announces constitutional referendum for December

By Marianne Arens, 1 October 2016

The referendum is a step towards authoritarian forms of rule and lays the basis for fierce attacks on Italian workers.

Earthquake disaster aggravates social crisis in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2016

Two weeks after the earthquake in central Italy on August 24, it is clear that the devastation and loss of life was not due to a “natural disaster” but corruption and government indifference.

Italian soldiers fighting in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2016

Basing itself on a new “anti-terror” law, the Renzi government is deploying Italian soldiers in Libya without the consent of parliament.

Death toll in Italian earthquake climbs to more than 250

By Marianne Arens, 26 August 2016

Italy’s civil defence organisation and volunteers continue to dig in the hope of saving those still buried alive.

Devastating earthquake hits Italy

By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2016

At least 200 have died, hundreds are still missing, thousands were injured and tens of thousands have been left homeless.

Divisions rise inside EU at summit between Germany, France and Italy

By Alex Lantier, 23 August 2016

Amid the escalating crisis unleashed by the Brexit vote, the remaining major EU powers barely succeeded in papering over the divisions between them.

EU shaken by Italian banking crisis

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 14 July 2016

European economic and financial experts anticipate that Italy’s banking crisis could trigger Europe’s next great crisis.

Head-on train collision near Bari, Italy kills at least 25

By our reporter, 13 July 2016

The single track where the trains collided has no automatic braking system similar to other areas in Italy’s poorer southern regions.

Grillo’s Five Star Movement wins mayoral elections in Rome and Turin

By Marianne Arens, 22 June 2016

The electoral victory of the nationalist Five Star Movement in two Italian cities is a resounding defeat for the government of Matteo Renzi.

Setback for ruling Democratic Party in Italian municipal elections

By Marianne Arens, 9 June 2016

Poor results for Democratic Party candidates and gains for Grillo’s Five Star Movement are clear signs of dissatisfaction with the Renzi government.

Tensions rise between Italy and Egypt over Giulio Regeni murder

By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2016

Italian student and journalist Giulio Regeni was tortured to death in Egypt in January in a bestial manner.

Western powers press ahead with plans for new war in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 9 April 2016

Italy, the EU and the US are preparing their next military intervention in Libya.

Italy hit by banking crisis

By Marianne Arens, 9 February 2016

Stock markets across the world experienced a sharp downturn at the beginning of 2016, with the stock exchange in Milan affected particularly severely.

Italian steel work faces closure or sell-off

By Marianne Arens, 8 February 2016

On January 11, 500 steel workers occupied the city hall in Genoa to protest the likely loss of their jobs.

Italian pseudo-left supports Syriza’s betrayal

By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2015

Italian pseudo-left politician Nichi Vendola is dissolving his SEL organisation and preparing to establish a new “political subject” modelled on Syriza.

Mass abstention in Italian regional elections

By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2015

The right-wing Lega Nord was the main beneficiary as Italy’s governing Democratic Party lost significant support amid low voter turnout.

Italian parliament adopts new election law

By Marianne Arens, 8 May 2015

The reforms will provide the government with more room to act independently of the will of the electorate.

Behind the airline workers strike at Alitalia

By Mariane Arens, 8 April 2015

While the airlines continue to attack employees’ wages and working conditions, the unions pursue a purely nationalist strategy directed against their own members.

Italy threatens military intervention in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 3 March 2015

The threat of military intervention in Libya is driven by Italian oil and business interests and the need to divert attention from growing domestic tensions.

Italy strengthens state in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

By Marianne Arens, 13 January 2015

Italy’s government and politicians are exploiting the terrorist attack in Paris to establish authoritarian forms of rule.

Second migrant ship rescued off coast of Italy

By Chris Marsden, 3 January 2015

Within the span of three days, two ships carrying hundreds of migrants from the Middle East and Africa seeking refuge in Europe were rescued after the ships’ crews abandoned the vessels.

At least ten die in ferry blaze in the Adriatic Sea

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 December 2014

Both the Greek and Italian ferry services have been under pressure to reduce their operating costs as part of austerity measures dictated by the EU and IMF.

Italy: One-day general strike against Renzi’s Jobs Act

By Marianne Arens, 15 December 2014

Renzi has the backing of an all-party political alliance and can also rely on the support of the union leadership in enforcing his anti-labour reform plans.

Protests erupt in Rome against attack on job protection

By Marc Wells, 5 December 2014

Protests broke out in Rome against the Renzi government’s Jobs Act, a labor reform that removes basic workers’ rights and guarantees.

Low turnout in Italian regional elections

By Marc Wells and Marianne Arens, 2 December 2014

In regional elections in Emilia-Romagna and Calabria, nearly two thirds of the electorate abstained from voting.

Growing protests in Italy against austerity policies

By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2014

Violent clashes took place between demonstrators and police in several Italian cities last Friday.

Protests mount in Italy against Renzi government

By our correspondent, 12 November 2014

The response of the government has been to unleash police violence against demonstrators.

France, Italy vow more social cuts as EU approves their 2015 budgets

By Anthony Torres, 3 November 2014

In the negotiations, the French and Italian governments agreed to impose deep attacks on the social rights of the working class.

One million protest in Rome against Renzi’s labor “reforms”

By Stefan Steinberg, 28 October 2014

Saturday’s mass demonstration was called by the trade unions to preempt any effective action against the government and cover up the role of the unions in developing the new legislation.

Italian prime minister targets protection against layoffs

By Marianne Arens, 7 October 2014

The goal of the new jobs act is the creation of a labour market in which companies can hire and fire workers as they please, and exploit them for the lowest wages.

Beppe Grillo’s M5S promotes European imperialism

By Marc Wells, 12 September 2014

A leading spokesman for the right-wing Italian party criticized Washington’s role in order to advance the interests of Italian and European capital.

Italian government sends weapons to northern Iraq

By Marianne Arens, 25 August 2014

Italy’s dispatch of weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq is part of a wider aggressive policy pursued by Germany and the EU.

Italy’s Northern League backs Scottish independence

By Marianne Arens, 14 August 2014

The support for the Scottish independence campaign by Italy’s extreme right-wing Northern League confirms that it is a reactionary project.

German foreign minister Steinmeier and the Civitella massacre

By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2014

Steinmeier cynically uses commemorations of Nazi war crimes to obscure the crimes of Berlin’s current war policy.

Italian comedian Beppe Grillo’s Five-Star Movement joins ranks with the far right

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 1 July 2014

The alliance with UKIP is confirmation of the right-wing character of Beppe Grillo’s M5S.

Italy after the European elections

By Marianne Arens, 11 June 2014

The election victory by the Democrats is above all due to the absence of any genuinely left alternative to their right-wing politics.

Thousands of refugees intercepted off the coast of Sicily

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 March 2014

The Italian authorities’ boasting about the recent rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean is a cynical cover for their anti-refugee policies.

Rome at risk of Detroit-style bankruptcy

By Marc Wells, 4 March 2014

Italy’s new premier, Matteo Renzi, has approved a decree that prepares the framework for an unprecedented assault on public workers and services as well as the selloff of cultural assets.

Italy’s new prime minister prepares attacks on working class

By Marianne Arens, 26 February 2014

Combined with rhetoric about uniting the nation, the end of ideological struggles and the courage to make radical decisions, Renzi declared war on the working class.

Change of government in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 15 February 2014

Matteo Renzi has organised what amounts to a palace coup to overthrow his party colleague, Enrica Letta.

Attacks on wages and jobs at Electrolux in Italy

By our correspondents, 4 February 2014

Electrolux intends to close its northern Italian plants unless workers’ wages are drastically reduced.

Italy: Democratic Party chief Renzi attacks Letta government from the right

By Marianne Arens, 31 January 2014

Most recently, Renzi teamed up with Silvio Berlusconi to put Letta under pressure, whom he would like to replace as government leader.

Italy’s “Forconi” movement

By Marianne Arens, 21 December 2013

The main source of support for the Forconi movement comes from farmers, long-distance drivers, traders and small businessmen.

Survivors of Lampedusa tragedy among refugees brutalised in Italian camp

By Robert Stevens, 19 December 2013

Migrants at a camp on the island of Lampedusa were forced to strip naked, in mixed company, and then hosed down by staff.

Renzi elected Democratic Party leader as protests spread across Italy

By Marianne Arens, 12 December 2013

While a wave of protests has hit Italy, the 38-year-old mayor of Florence won the election for leader of the bourgeois “left” Democratic Party.

Italian Senate expels Silvio Berlusconi

By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2013

Prime Minister Letta said the way was now open for the implementation of “reforms” and an austerity budget.

Berlusconi’s party splits in Italy

By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2013

While Berlusconi announced on Saturday his party’s return to the name Forza Italia, Angelino Alfano unveiled a new party.

Italian government crisis remains unresolved

By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2013

Even after surviving a second no-confidence vote at the beginning of October, the Italian government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta is staggering from one crisis to the next.

Italian government adopts austerity budget

By Mariane Arens, 21 October 2013

The so-called stability law 2014 mandates spending cuts of close to €12 billion and tax cuts for business of €3.7 billion.

Middle East wars drive refugee flows, Mediterranean migrant deaths

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2013

Many refugees who have died off the Italian island of Lampedusa are fleeing imperialist wars in countries like Libya, Syria and Somalia.

Fifty dead as another migrant ship sinks off Italy

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2013

This shocking tragedy brings renewed attention to the toll in lives from the European Union’s reactionary Frontex anti-immigrant legislation.

Fortress Europe’s rising death toll

By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2013

After the loss of 300 lives in the boat disaster off Lampedusa, the EU is demanding even more measures against immigrants fleeing poverty and war.

Protests mount as Lampedusa migrant death toll expected to hit 400

By Robert Stevens, 9 October 2013

The Italian government is responsible for the deaths of up to 400 migrants off the southern island of Lampedusa.

More than 130 dead after boat capsizes off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa

By Robert Stevens, 4 October 2013

Over the past months, there has been a vast increase in the numbers of asylum seekers attempting to enter Europe via this route.

Italian government survives confidence vote

By Peter Schwarz, 3 October 2013

Rather than a “historic day for Italian democracy,” Wednesday’s confidence vote was a closing of ranks within the ruling class for a fresh assault on the working class.

New government crisis in Italy after resignation of five ministers

By Marianne Arens, 30 September 2013

The Italian government is set to collapse just five months after taking office.

Berlusconi’s party threatens to bring down Italian government

By Marianne Arens, 5 August 2013

Following the conviction of Silvio Berlusconi, his People of Freedom party is threatening to pull its ministers out of the coalition government led by the Democratic Party.

Italy bus crash claims 39 lives

By Stefan Steinberg, 30 July 2013

The Naples crash is the second deadly transport accident in Europe over the last week.

Wave of suicides in Italy as social conditions deteriorate

By our correspondent, 21 June 2013

Suicides related to economic causes have increased 30 percent in the past four years, according to a recent report.

Grillo’s Five Star Movement loses Italian local elections

By Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2013

Many who had voted for Grillo’s Five Star Movement in the parliamentary elections found that he has no answer to the social crisis in Italy.

Beppe Grillo agitates against immigrants

By Marianne Arens, 22 May 2013

On May 14, Beppe Grillo published a racist blog post appealing to far-right forces.

Tens of thousands march in Rome against austerity

By Stefan Steinberg, 20 May 2013

Trade union leaders used a large demonstration in Rome on Saturday to cover their tracks in supporting the recently formed coalition government led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta.