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A Pact To Rethink

In his letter to majority parliament members, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi offers a first political response to the economic data by statistics agency Istat. His answer must be convincing, to avoid that the government find itself crucified on the figures of the new recession. ...

The Country at a Standstill, Now Renzi Needs to “Change” and “Do”

When optimism fails, it is time to move to concrete facts. Europe expects the labor reform, and quickly, if it is to grant Italy flexibility over public accounts. Renzi will have to overcome internal discord to pass the Jobs Act at quickly as possible.

The Jolt and Investments

The 80 euro bonus has failed to move the country forward in a serious manner. A more substantial jolt is now needed.

The “Financial Wedge” Weighing on Businesses

The financial gap between Italian businesses and those from other large European countries remains wide. Although Europe can help, the credit crunch should be solved mostly on a national level.

When Fiscal Confusion Does Not Help Demand

Current uncertainties in tax revenues create a difficult road for investors. In such a situation, it is best to play it safe.

The Obligatory Credentials of Italy and France

Even though hard to pass in a moment of low approval for the government and high euro-skepticism, France must implement structural reforms in order to avoid isolation.

Opportunities and Risks

Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan struggles to maintain Italy’s image in the eyes of international markets.

Napolitano: “The City Relaunch Can Start From The Biennale”

President Giorgio Napolitano welcomes the Venice Film Festival eagerly. For him, the festival is a symbol of the nation’s esteem.

The “Upstream” Chain of Industrial Value

What part of the 300 billion euros that Juncker promised will be devoted to investments to increase the value of upstream and downstream phases of industrial production? What our country needs is to attract foreign industrial investors.

Numbers, Stupid Numbers, Huge Numbers

An analysis of the staggering numbers attributed to go-nowhere infrastructure projects. These projects, which have cost billions of euros, are a huge weight on Italy.

Never Again

Administrative law must stop before the limits imposed by common sense and sense of innovation. Otherwise, any court will be able to throw a spanner in the works of modernization in a country already suffering from long delays.

U.S. Banks: Heavy Fines, Little Impact

Are big fines against banks, imposed by U.S. authorities effective. All evidence suggests that they are not.

Jackson Hole, Draghi and the Governments' Turn

Mario Draghi made it clear in his speech in Wyoming that aggressive action is required if the labor market is to recover.

The Match Italy Is at Risk of Losing

Mario Draghi himself is warning everyone—Germany included—about the dangers of a growth deprived euro zone. Yet, given his role, his nationality is not enough: to really count, Italy needs to have more weight in the decision-making process.

Qatar’s Ambiguous Role

By helping Sunni extremists and terrorist organizations on one side, and remaining an ally of the United States on the other, the tiny, oil rich, Gulf Emirate is a perfect and symbolic example of how complex the situation in the Middle East has become.

Rigor Turns Soft

In terms of employment, the risk of doing too little far outweighs the risk of doing too much. The ECB is ready to move forward, but can only do so if governments help by adopting the necessary structural reforms.

Which Allies to Beat ISIS

Could the rise of a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, marked by atrocities and the persecution of religious minorities, have been considered as a possible resolution to the conflicts of the Middle East?

The Recovery Lever Is in Europe

If Europe is going to recover from the crisis, it needs a federal budget and an authority that can act quickly to thwart or address economic dangers—another sign of the flaws in institutional designs for the Union.

Yellen’s and Draghi’s Tightrope

Yellen and Draghi will have to work cooperatively on rate maneuvers, necessary to help both Europe and the United States come out of this prolonged period of stagnation, making apolitical decisions that will, however, carry a very real political weight.

Obama and the Specter of “The War on Terror”

In the wake of the recent ISIS execution, President Obama may fall in to the political sand trap of another “war on terror,” thereby drawing connections to his predecessor,Bush—a connection that Obama worked carefully to avoid early in his presidency.

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The Wrong Growth Strategy for Japan

CAMBRIDGE – Japan’s new government, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, could be about to shoot itself in the foot. Seeking to boost economic growth, the authorities may soon destroy their one ...

China’s Antifragile Ambitions

HONG KONG – China has once again reached a crossroads on its journey toward inclusive, sustainable prosperity. At the Chinese Communist Party’s congress in November, the new leadership was ...