Like a scene from one of its very famous operas, the curtain draws back to show the Italian nation face into another harsh moment of reality.
Today, Italy is once again embracing its checkered history of political deadlock, which is being played out by a cast of colourful characters local media have nicknamed, “The fraudster, the technocrat, the charisma vacuum and the comic.” Read More
It is time we stopped wallowing in despair and started cheerleading our successes, writes Paul Allen.
In a media environment hungry for scandal, sensation and skulduggery, good news often seems like no news at all. Especially in a country stuck in a boggy mire of fear and self-loathing. Read More
Despite the might of its football team and the fact it got a better bailout deal from Europe, Ireland is likely to triumph Spain, writes Paul Allen.
We used to laugh at the English. Every European Championship they qualified for they believed they would win it.
But while England fans took a more sober approach regarding their chances at Euro 2012, Ireland’s cheerleading brigade managed to convince themselves we would crush Croatia, spank Spain and lash Italy. Read More