This last week has been hectic and dramatic for Italy. Saturday Silvio Berlusconi stepped down as Prime Minister, and Mario Monti is now going to lead a new government. This happens as a result of the serious economic crisis and financial speculation on Italy’s public debt. The new government will have to implement austerity and growth measures at the same time – and this will be painful for the Italian population.
AUR houses a handful of experts on Italian politics who are reporting and providing analysis to the international media. The study of Italian politics in its global context is a central part of our teaching mission and links to research carried out within the Department of International Relations. AUR Professors are being sought by major international media to analyze current events as they unfold. Is this the end of Berlusconi? And what’s the future for Italy? James Walston gives regular updates for the major news agencies (Reuters, AP, AFP) and is consulted by radio, print and television media from Sydney to Beijing, from Rio to Helsinki, and Washington to Dublin. Irene Caratelli has appeared on CCTV news in China and RAI in Italy, while Bjørn Thomassen has reported to PBS in America and to Swedish and Danish Television and Radio.
This is a way for us in the IR Department to reach out to the world, and, as our mission statement says, work across cultures within a global environment. It is also, as the video attached will show, a way for us to dialogue with our students in our joint effort to understand what is going on around us.
For a selection of recent analysis of the Italian crisis, please have a look at the list of links below:
- One of these used by BBC Could the deadlock in Rome force Berlusconi to step down?
- Live interview RTE lunchtime news on Italy, Europe and the financial crisis. News At One: Euro crisis: Political Analyst Wolfgang Novakruns & Professor James Walston.
- Recorded telephone interview Silvia Poggioli NPR Can Berlusconi Deliver On Debt-Crisis Promises?.
- Canadian Radio Eurozone Crisis.
- Live television interview with Claudio Lavanga, al Jazeera, on Berlusconi prospects.
- Live television interview with Ali Moore, ABC Lateline. “Professor Walston: Berlusconi’s days are numbered.”
- Live discussion on Italian and euro debt crises World Insight CCTV “World Insight 11/11/13 EU DEBT CRISIS” conducted by James Chow, with Huo Deming, Beijing University and Christian Dreger, German Institute for Economic Research.
- Live discussion and phone-in on end of Berlusconi era and Monti prospects “On point” NPR “Italy’s Crisis And The Berlusconi Saga” with Silvia Poggioli and Beppe Severgnini, conducted by Anthony Brook.