Italy, A Parallel Currency and Immigration – Merkel’s Worst Nightmare

Here comes the flood.  My worst fears of The League's leader Matteo Salvini's ego getting in the way of seizing the political moment by the horns were overblown. It feels good to be wrong every once in a while. It looks like coalition talks between The League and Five Star Movement (MS5) have been productive.  … Continue reading Italy, A Parallel Currency and Immigration – Merkel’s Worst Nightmare

Italy Embracing Populism is a Major Headache for Europe

For years Italy’s Northern League kept to itself, being focused on secession rather than reform from within.  That change began last year with their non-binding referenda to petition Rome for more fiscal autonomy.  But, as the Italian parliamentary elections come into view, the Northern League is playing politics. And doing it well. Having made a … Continue reading Italy Embracing Populism is a Major Headache for Europe