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    1. November 4, 2013

      Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s The Pike wins Samuel Johnson prize

      The UK’s most prestigious award for non-fiction, the £20,000 Samuel Johnson prize, has been awarded to Lucy Hughes-Hallett...

    2. March 4, 2013

      Euro crisis is breeding comics not fascists

      Some months ago, I was discussing the euro crisis with a high-ranking US diplomat. “It’s back to the 1930s, isn’t it?” said...

    1. February 14, 2013

      Cinema review: Mea Maxima Culpa, This is 40, Side by Side and more

      So. Farewell, Pope. You had eight years to swing an unbeliever – this unbeliever – around to your way of thinking, or even...

    2. January 28, 2013

      Anger over Berlusconi praise of Mussolini

      ROME – Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi triggered outrage from Italy’s political left on Sunday with comments...

    3. December 14, 2012

      Roman descent

      Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy, by Christopher Duggan, Bodley Head, RRP£25, 528 pages For all his...

    4. November 19, 2012

      Berlusconi succession battle begins

      The contest to fill Silvio Berlusconi’s shoes and lead Italy’s centre right into elections next year has opened with about a...

    5. September 2, 2012

      Sun sets on Sardinia’s mineral industries

      Benito Mussolini had Carbonia built and christened after coal, personally inaugurating the new Sardinian town in 1938. The...

    6. August 28, 2012

      Italian parties haggle over reform

      Returning from the beaches and summer conferences this week, Italy’s bickering politicians are getting down to the...

    7. June 11, 2012

      Internet movement and democracy for Italy

      From Mr Beppe Grillo. Sir, I’ve read your June 5 Comment piece “The chirruping allure of Italy’s Jiminy Cricket”, talking...

    8. February 1, 2012

      An evening in the Past Knights’ Club

      Sir Fred Goodwin, former chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, has joined one of the most select groups in Britain –...

    9. November 4, 2011

      The hits and misses of history

      On June 28 1914, Gavrilo Princip was hanging around outside Moritz Schiller’s delicatessen in Sarajevo. In some versions of...

    10. July 8, 2011

      Geronzi’s down but may not be out

      Cesare Geronzi, the veteran Italian banker who this week was handed a four-year jail sentence for fraud, has built an almost...

    11. May 15, 2011

      Rome’s emperor of energy

      By his own admission, Paolo Scaroni is a keen if somewhat amateurish historian. “I’m quite ignorant, really,” ac­knowledges...

    12. April 15, 2011

      Irish are sharing the pain, but shouldn’t take all the blame

      From Mr Jack Costello. Sir, I read with interest Lorenzo Bini Smaghi’s latest comments on the unqualified disaster that is...

    13. March 4, 2011

      Così fan tutte?

      The Fiat 500 – once a symbol of Italy as much as the Mini was of 1960s London – at its launch in Turin in 1957 The Pursuit...

    14. February 15, 2011

      Geronzi eyes ambitious growth path

      The location of Cesare Geronzi’s office in Rome gives a sense of his status. It sits high above Piazza Venezia, opposite a...

    15. November 15, 2010

      Former ally quits Berlusconi government

      Gianfranco Fini, a former neo-fascist and key supporter of Silvio Berlusconi for the past 16 years, has made a decisive move...

    16. April 5, 2010

      The Woman Who Shot Mussolini

      The Woman Who Shot Mussolini By Frances Stonor Saunders Faber & Faber £20 384 pages FT Bookshop price: £16In April 1926,...

    17. April 5, 2010

      The World That Never Was

      The World That Never Was: The True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents By Alex Butterworth The Bodley...

    18. Brussels Blog

      October 14, 2009

      Further reading: Brussels

      Do small countries care about foreign policy? (Charlemagne blog, The Economist) Havel, still a man of morals and mischief...

    19. May 26, 2009

      Baleful influence of Burlesque cronies

      Fascism is not a likely future for Italy. That is worth saying, because it is being forecast. Many assume that the financial...

    20. May 8, 2009

      Berlusconi still sunny despite storms

      Embroiled in what could turn into a messy and costly divorce from his wife, under attack from the Roman Catholic Church and...

    21. May 7, 2009

      Berlusconi stays sunny in stormy times

      Embroiled in what could turn into a messy and costly divorce from his wife, under attack from the Roman Catholic Church and...

    22. March 22, 2009

      Mussolini’s heirs bid farewell to party

      They promised no tears on Sunday in closing an important chapter in Italy’s post-fascist history, but still the political...

    23. January 17, 2009

      Theo Fennell loses its shine

      Falling sales prompted celebrity-favoured jeweller Theo Fennell to warn of a full-year loss. The company, whose products...

    24. January 17, 2009

      Theo Fennell loses its shine

      Falling sales prompted celebrity-favoured jeweller Theo Fennell to warn of a full-year loss. The company, whose products...

    25. September 20, 2008

      Wartime drama rattles skeletons of Fascist past

      Last weekend German SS troops stormed the windswept slopes of central Italy's Gran Sasso mountain and liberated Benito...

    26. September 20, 2008

      The killing mountains

      The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 19151918 by Mark Thompson Faber £25, 464 pages FT Bookshop price: £20...

    27. September 19, 2008

      Wartime drama rattles Fascist skeletons

      Last weekend German SS troops stormed the windswept slopes of central Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain, and liberated Benito...

    28. July 5, 2008

      Escape to 'Alcatraz'

      Small, flat and not much to see. That damning verdict on Ventotene by a travel guide - the author of which probably never...

    29. July 5, 2008

      Escape to ‘Alcatraz’

      Small, flat and not much to see. That damning verdict on Ventotene by a travel guide – the author of which probably never...

    30. May 4, 2008

      Fascists and Jews united for Rome mayor

      Rome’s election last week of its first rightwing mayor since the time of Benito Mussolini has been celebrated by fascists as...

    31. April 29, 2008

      Rightwing win in Rome's mayoral race

      Italy's centre-left Democratic party was dealt a second resounding defeat in as many weeks last night when its Rome...

    32. April 29, 2008

      Rome elects rightwing mayor

      Italy's centre-left Democratic party was dealt a second resounding defeat in as many weeks on Monday night when its Rome...

    33. March 12, 2008

      Berlusconi and heir-apparent open campaign

      To the fans of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s media mogul and former prime minister, his new party’s campaign launch was about...

    34. Economists' Forum

      February 13, 2008

      Why Putin's rule threaten's Russia and the west

      By Martin Wolf At least he made the trains run on time. That was said of Benito Mussolini, Italy’s fascist dictator from...

    35. February 12, 2008

      Why Putin’s rule threatens both Russia and the west

      At least he made the trains run on time. That was said of Benito Mussolini, Italy’s fascist dictator from 1922 to 1943....

    36. January 12, 2008

      Provision used for gaming law

      Japan's 1947 constitution, written by young Americans in the occupying administration, allows the lower house of parliament...

    37. August 25, 2007

      The empire's new clothes

      Every summer, hundreds of thousands of tourists arrive in Rome. They come in search of the Eternal City described in their...

    38. August 25, 2007

      The empire’s new clothes

      Every summer, hundreds of thousands of tourists arrive in Rome. They come in search of the Eternal City described in their...

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