Parchment in the Fire: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340

Matteo Renzi’s recent attempt to constitutionally embed neoliberalism and simultaneously legitimize and secure his tenure as Prime Minister via a refe Source: Referendums and Social Movements in Italy and Europe | The Bullet No. 1340 Filed under: Europe Tagged: Europe, Italy, Referendums, Social Movements

Parchment in the Fire: Democracy Against Neoliberalism | Jacobin

Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reform was politically illegitimate in method and antidemocratic in content. We should celebrate its rejection. Source: Democracy Against Neoliberalism | Jacobin Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Italy

Parchment in the Fire: The Italy to Come | Jacobin

If Italian voters reject Sunday’s constitutional referendum, the country could see a left revival in the name of popular democracy. Source: The Italy to Come | Jacobin Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Italy

Parchment in the Fire: First Brexit then Trump. Is Italy next for the west’s populist wave? | World news | The Guardian

Italians will soon vote in a referendum on constitutional reforms which could have dramatic results for all of Europe Source: First Brexit then Trump. Is Italy next for the west’s populist wave? | World news | The Guardian Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Five Star Movement, Italy, Populism

Parchment in the Fire: Italy’s Looming Referendum Risk Splits Southern Europe’s Bond Markets – MoneyBeat – WSJ

Italian 10-year yields are now nearly half a percentage point above their Spanish cousins, the highest in five years. Source: Italy’s Looming Referendum Risk Splits Southern Europe’s Bond Markets – MoneyBeat – WSJ Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Italy, Referendum, Renzi

Parchment in the Fire: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO

September conference planned with France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Source: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Southern Europe, Spain

Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The United States will not tolerate the countries of the world acting like the United States, ...

Parchment in the Fire: A €45bn headache for Italy

Italian banks stricken by massive amounts of bad loans and falling shares are becoming a financial and political problem for PM Matteo Renzi and for the EU. Source: A €45bn headache for Italy Filed under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Banking, finance capital, Italy

Alberta Politics: It’s time for a national postal bank in both Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: The little Post Office in downtown St. Albert, where your blogger lives, which Canada Post is anxious to close as soon as possible. Below: The U.S. Post Office in Fallon, Montana, the Canadian Post Office in Dewberry, Alberta (villageofdewberry.ca), American social activist Ralph Nader, and Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean. We now live in ...

Parchment in the Fire: The Results of Italy’s 2012 Labour Market Reforms: No Solution to Unemployment

By Gabriele Piazza and Martin Myant of the European Trade Union Institute In June 2012 Italy introduced a package of labour-market reforms. One particularly controversial measure was a change to Article 18 of the 1970 Workers’ Statute which had given employees found to have been unfairly dismissed the right to reinstatement. From then on it was ...

Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

Data from Southern Europe indicates a trend of wealth distribution to the top 20% of income earners since the onset of austerity. At the outset of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007, the income share of the bottom 20% of income earners in Greece and Portugal increased, whereas the income share of the top 20% ...

The Disaffected Lib: Next Up, Spain

As events unfold over the next few weeks following today’s No victory in Greece there’ll be plenty of people watching in Spain.  That country’s Podemos movement promotes a similar sort of anti-austerity platform to that of Greece’s Syrzia.  It’s hard to imagine today’s defiant events in Greece not having a knock on effect in Spain ...

Things Are Good: From Mafia Home to Art Gallery

Italy is home to the oldest operating museum, the Uffizi, and the country is (probably) home to the oldest operating mafia. But it may come as a bit of a surprise to find out that an old mafia home is being converted to a new museum. In an ongoing and complicated effort to stop the ...

knitnut.net: Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted ...

Parchment in the Fire: The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. by Jack Rasmus In the coming weeks and months, as the Eurozone economy weakens still further, it is likely that debates and splits within the Eurozone capitalist elites will continue to intensify. The Eurozone economy has never really recovered from the 2008-09 ...

Parchment in the Fire: Renzi seeks to avert labour battlefield – English – ANSA.it

Renzi seeks to avert labour battlefield – English – ANSA.it.   Rome, November 7 – Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday reiterated a warning against letting labour-reform issues become a “terrain of conflict”. “I’ve made this appeal in the last few days and I’ll make it again,” he said at the opening of a Piaggio ...

knitnut.net: Ciao!

GC and I are off to Italy tomorrow, for two weeks of exploring, eating and drinking wine! We’re starting in Venice, then going to Florence, followed by a few days in the Tuscan countryside, and finishing up in Rome. We’re going to the San Michelle’s cemetery in Venice, the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence, the Tuscan ...

Parchment in the Fire: Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it. (ANSA) – Rome, October 27 – The leaders of Italy’s four main labor union federations were incensed Monday after a meeting with government ministers, ostensibly to discuss the government’s proposed 2015 budget, turned out to be what they said was a one-sided exercise. The government sent ...

Parchment in the Fire: CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it

CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it. (ANSA) – Rome, October 24 – As many as one million people, one thousand police officers, and a small number of dissident members of the governing Democratic Party (PD) are expected  at a major rally called for Saturday by Italy’s largest ...

Parchment in the Fire: Renzi budget has business ‘dreaming’ and unions worried – English – ANSA.it

Renzi budget has business ‘dreaming’ and unions worried – English – ANSA.it. CGIL and FIOM metalworkers rally for jobs Redazione ANSA Rome 14 October 2014 (ANSA) – Rome, October 14 – Italy’s employers on Tuesday hailed Premier Matteo Renzi’s forthcoming 2015 budget bill as a dream come true while Italy’s largest CGIL labor federation slammed ...

Parchment in the Fire: Why Italy’s stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Why Italy’s stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore | Comment is free | theguardian.com.   This summer Italy fell into a triple-dip recession. After the 2008/09 collapse, the economy stagnated, heading back into recession during 2011 and never really recovering. The philosophy of Giulio Tremonti, who was the economic ...

Parchment in the Fire: Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it

Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it. (ANSA) – Rome, July 31 – Unemployment among young Italians climbed last month to 43.7%, a level not seen in 37 years, according to statistics Thursday that presented further evidence of the continuing weakness in the country’s lackluster economy. The jobless rate among Italians aged 15 ...

cartoon life: My sister in Italy, again this year

My sister in Italy, again this year My sister is travelling again through various places in Italy again this summer. Here is the blog posting pics and notes, most writing from her friend Karen. I enjoy reading about the places she gets off to, so I’m sharing this with all of you. Its fun, it’s personal. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Interchange a Highway

Atlanta isn’t known for being a walkable city. Florence, Italy has a better reputation. This is kind of mind blowing, and should have people thinking about overpasses and cloverleaf highways in a different way. Auto-sprawl has many costs. Florence Italy and a highway interchange in Atlanta at same scale. @stevemouzon goo.gl/68yzg0 http://t.co/3dKQkgXHdg— TreeHugger.com (@TreeHugger) June ...

Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Most of the coverage regarding the Eurozone crisis has understandably focused on the politics of austerity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the longer term trends in the industrial relations of those countries hardest hit by the crisis: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain; the so-called PIIGS countries. Recent data from the European Industrial ...