July 16, in a stormy session, the European Parliament confirmed Ursula von der Leyen’s nomination to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker at the head of the European Commission. Here is our sister publication Impakter Italia’s insightful account of how she got there

Public debate in the UK  is currently focused on the Labour Party’s alleged antisemitism, sparked by a BBC Panorama programme which asks ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’  This has considerably weakened the party image and its leader Jeremy Corbyn, causing insufficient attention

Updated 10 June. Two political developments threaten Europe: A no-deal Brexit that would certainly hurt the British economy but would also be painful on the continent, and an out-of-control deficit in Italy. Taken separately, Europe could handle the issues. But

Early European elections results showed a victory for Eurosceptic populists across Europe but the victory was not as large as predicted. Ecology was as big an issue as immigration, perhaps bigger, and the Greens scored big in Germany, France and

Update 25 May 2019: While results of the vote in the UK won't be made public until Sunday, early exit polls in the Netherlands delivered a surprise: Baudet's Eurosceptic populist party did not come ahead as predicted by the polls

Three politicians stand out in the upcoming European Parliament Elections: Katharina Schulze (Green), Frans Timmermans (Socialist) and Nigel Farage (Brexit). Here is their portrait drawn by Impakter Italia: Katharina Schulze by Alessandro Magini According to the latest polls, the Greens (Grünen) are the

Elections in Spain on Sunday 28 April gave a big win to the PSOE, the Socialists led by Pedro Sanchez, while Vox, the extreme right populist party barely made it in Parliament with 10 percent of the vote. The situation

A Win for China, A Loss for America and a Transformed G7 Balance of Power Updated 25 March 2019. On 22 March, at the close of President Xi Jinping’s visit, Italy signed a comprehensive economic agreement as part of the "New Silk

Will a rising China inevitably clash against a dominant America and put an end to the “American century”? How likely is a war between the U.S. and China, the world's two mega-powers?  The North Korea-U.S. talks collapsed last week and President

Updated 24 February 2019 with the news that Salvini is taking funds from Russia. Italy has a surprising weakness for populism à la Trump. It began over twenty-five years ago with Silvio Berlusconi and his Forza Italia party and is

Are we approaching the point of no return with Brexit? And is there anything that can be done? It can’t be proved, but it looks suspiciously like Prime Minister Theresa May is deliberately engineering drama in order to get her “deal” -

Everyone agrees that to reform Europe is a priority. And there’s only one logical way to do it, as proposed by French President Macron. His plan is simply brilliant. Exactly what Europe needs now. But there are many reasons why

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