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Country Focus: Italy

A collection of features from our archives exploring Italy’s politics, history, economy and culture.

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  • A collection of features from our archives exploring Italy's politics, history, economy and culture.

Italy has been all over the news in recent weeks as the country takes center stage in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In our new series Country Focus, we present a collection of features from our archives exploring a country’s politics, history, economy and culture.

1. Italy Versus Germany: The Real Story

The saga of a dynamic Germany and a sclerotic Italy does not reflect the historical record.

By Holger Schmieding | May 28, 2018

2. Why Italy’s Political Leaders Fail So Often

Italy keeps investing itself in false hopes. No one person can provide magic fixes.

By Stephan Richter | December 6, 2016

3. Bridging the Gap Between Europe’s Economic Cultures

Italy’s former Prime Minister on how to communicate between northern and Mediterranean Europe.

By Mario Monti | December 19, 2013

4. Japan: A Venetian Destiny?

Japan and Venice share a similar history, but Japan should change course before that history repeats itself.

By John West | June 11, 2014

5. Italy: Libya’s Former Colonial Master

Did years of painful colonial rule by the Italians shape Libya’s relationship with the West today?

By Ronald Bruce St John | March 8, 2004

To check out our entire Italy article collection, click here.

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