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April the 3rd, 2013

Italy 2013: a revolution looking for a leadership

Fear and hope. There is room for both feelings. Outside and inside the the rooms where the President of the Republic is trying the most difficult mediation of his career to give the country a government.

Which leadership can realize the change that everyone consider as imperative if all main party leaders - Bersani, Berlusconi, Monti and, finally, Grillo - seem to lack the strength or the will to take radical choices? (article in Italian) [...]

The cities of the future

The program "The cities of the future" was presented in October in London. All project's documents are available on our website. [...] 

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Italy 2013: will the sleeping beauty wake up or die? 

This newsletter focus on Italian Politics. Although there are all sort of uncertainties, Italian election make at least clear that the slow, sweet decline that has taken place for the last twenty years has come to an end: either Italy will wake up, remove the constraints that prevent her potential to unfold and protect unproductive corporations; or she will be trapped into a Greek style economic and financial tragedy that promises to be fatal to European Union itself.

On March 21st, Vision and Demos held the seminar "Italy-Europe 2013: will the sleeping beauty wake up or die?" (agenda), at Europe House in London. The seminar tried to understand where Italy is going after elections, and which are the political implications for Europe. Among the speakers of the event: Bill Emmott, Francesco Redi, Geoff Andrews, Gianni Pittella, Cosimo Pacciani, Lucia Annunziata and Gianmarco Ottaviani.

Among the topics addressed during the event - on which we asked for a contribution to our authors: Is it really true that this was a vote against Europe and which are the differences with the message to Europe sent by Greek citizens? How can we explain that the economy which has experienced – between the fifties and the eighties - the fastest economic growth in the world, is the one of the State that has grown the least in the world in the last twenty years? 


New political actors in Europe: Beppe Grillo and the M5S
Paper Demos   

New social and political movements from radically different political positions have emerged across Europe using the Internet to challenge existing parties and structures. Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian and blogger, is the most prominent figure to have embraced this change through the creation first of all of the ‘Friends of Beppe Grillo’ meet-up groups and then, in 2009, the Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S - Five-Star Movement).
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The objectives to generate growth
by Francesco Redi
In order to gain the confidence of investors, it is necessary to keep accounts in order. In addition, Italy has to repair urgently to the policies of the governments of the last 20 years, which for electoral reasons preferred to increase taxes for companies rather than individuals. (article in italian) [...]  

Grillo: a Tsunami leading to Fukushima? 
by Tena Prelec
Demos' recent report convincingly highlighted a series of positive features of the Five Star Movement's success. For a start, a big chunk of Grillo's supporters are yesterday's political nihilists, who would never have thought about running for office had they not been awaken to renewed political consciousness by the movement.
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The future of the country and the election result
by Edoardo Riccio  

A month after the elections more "sensational" in the history of Italy, there are, clearly, few elements to determine which options are most beneficial for the country. The election results showed a strong desire for change in the way of doing politics as intended by the traditional parties. The (semi-surprising) vote to Grillo is - at least 50-60% - bound to protest. (article in Italian
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The paradox of the costs of politics
Paper Vision
The process of reducing the costs of Italian parliament was opened on the basis of the credibility: a policy too costly politics can hardly be entitled to drive a profound transformation of a State which has an excessive need to be more efficient. (paper in italian) [...]  

Will the sleeping beauty wake up or die?
Paper Vision
Italian election make clear that the slow, sweet decline that has taken place for the last twenty years has come to an end: either Italy will wake up, remove the constraints that prevent her potential to unfold and protect unproductive corporations; or she will be trapped into a Greek style economic and financial tragedy that promises to be fatal to the European Union itself.
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The indifference of Bianca
by Cosimo Pacciani  

There is nothing worse than the feeling of wasting time. Everyone is gifted a set amount of "life time". Similarly, societies have an average amount of time within which to 'deliver' and to ensure the survival of future generations. Wasting time is the 'original sin' because it reduces our opportunities to make our future and our children's future sustainable.
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Danger: Quicksand
by Francesco Di Pisa  

How to sum up a complex framework such as the one offered by Italy today? Let's start with "if, but and almost". Many people belief that if Renzi had won the primaries of the Democratic Party, today Italy would have a government. The choice to be linked to the "old politics" of Bersani vice versa resulted in a "almost" thud of Democratic Party. (article in Italian
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It's time to change 
by Giancarlo Sforza 
"Grillo? Say what he wants" Symptomatic words, those expressed, in the aftermath of the election results, by Pierluigi Bersani, leader of the Democratic Party. In the attempt to build a bridge to the 5SM, Bersani moved away from the objective set and continued the journey in the opposite direction to that laid down by the significant results achieved by the 5SM. (article in Italian)
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