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Bologna Institute for Policy Research at SAIS Europe | News and Views

As Doubts Persist About Italy's New Government, Salvini Plots His Comeback


September 9, 2019

Mark Gilbert, Professor of History and International Studies

In his latest interview with the World Politics Review Trends Lines podcast, Mark Gilbert discusses Italy's new Cabinet, tensions between the Five Star Movement and Democratic Party, and what we can expect from League party leader Matteo Salvini going forward. Tune into the episode here.


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Will Europe grant the UK another Brexit delay?


September 5, 2019

Michael Leigh, Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

Britain has been thrown into further turmoil with Parliament voting to delay Brexit until 2020. European leaders are meanwhile preparing for Britain to crash out of the EU. Listen to Michael Leigh's insights on ABC radio.


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Italy's political crisis


September 4, 2019

Erik Jones, Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Erik Jones joins Domenico Fanizza, executive director for Italy, Portugal, Greece, Malta, Albania and San Marino at the International Monetary Fund, for a discussion on the political and programmatic synergies that could bring together the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party, and the possible market reaction to failed coalition talks. Listen to the OMFIF podcast here.


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Internal Divisions Sank Italy's Last Government. Will Its New One Fare Any Better?


September 4, 2019

Mark Gilbert, Professor of History and International Studies

Mark Gilbert features on this week WPR's Trend Lines interview, discussing the prospects for the new Italian coalition, the obstacles it will need to overcome in order to govern effectively, and the implications for Rome's approach toward the European Union and the contentious issue of immigration. Listen to the podcast here.


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receives the 2019 Isaiah Berlin Prize


September 3, 2019

Gianfranco Pasquino, Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

The International Center of Italian Studies has awarded the 2019 Isaiah Berlin Prize to Gianfranco Pasquino who will deliver a lecture on "Hedgehogs, foxes and democracies" on Tuesday, September 10.


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Iran demands sanctions relief before joining G7 talks with US


August 28, 2019

Sanam Vakil, James Anderson Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies


Just 24 hours after France delivered an apparent breakthrough on the Iran nuclear standoff, Tehran has had a change of heart about meeting with the United States. Listen to Sanam Vakil's comments on ABC Radio National.


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Trump and Rouhani suggest they could meet to resolve US-Iran crisis


August 26, 2019

Sanam Vakil, James Anderson Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies


Sanam Vakil comments on Donald Trump and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani willingness to come back to the negotiation table arguing “It's a sign that diplomacy has more power and influence than this escalation and provocative threatening “.


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Governo, Taddei: 'Con Salvini bomba-deficit 4,5%, inchiodare M5S o replay Monti' (in Italian)


August 23, 2019

Filippo Taddei, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Economics
Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research
Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk


Filippo Taddei points out that the coalition PD-M5S needs to tackle two essential issues in order to form the government: how exactly they plan to address the expanding Italian public deficit without raising taxes and what measures they have in mind to support investments. Lack of clarity on these specific issues can be self defeating for the two parties and detrimental for the country, Taddei argues in an interview on the ongoing Italian political crises with AdnKronos press agency.


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Can Vestager's Progressive Tax Enforcement Agenda Save the Single Market?


August 23, 2019

Marcus Walsh-Führing , Associate Fellow

Marcus Walsh-Führing authored an article for the Global Policy Journal, discussing the European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager's plans to implement regulatory reform for the promotion of the EU Commission's initiatives to close tax loopholes.


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Reino Unido seguirá ligado à UE mesmo com brexit duro, diz especialista (in Portuguese)


August 22, 2019

Michael Leigh, Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

Speaking at a conference at the FHC Foundation in Sao Paulo, Michael Leigh gives his insights about Brexit. He believes the scenario of a tough Brexit is the most likely. “There will be chaos and queues at the border, trade will be blocked, but further negotiations would start immediately. Regardless of what happens, the UK will remain committed to the EU in the future” Leigh said.


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