The deaths of Wanda Ferragamo and Gilberto Benetton this month highlighted a challenge for some of Italy’s most well-known family businesses: With the post-war entrepreneurs who built the companies leaving the stage, they need to ensure that members of the next generation, or trusted outsiders, are ready to step up to fill the void. Some families,...

General elections are approaching, and Italians must choose. But choose who? Here’s a short bio for every wannabe Presidente del Consiglio on the battlefield*, written by a very evil analyst.

  WTI Magazine #14    2014 Jan, 24Author : Francesca Papasergi      Translation by:   The election bill proposed by Mr. Renzi and Mr. Berlusconi, called "Italicum" (yes, in Italy we have the habit to give names to electoral bills), hasn't been voted yet, and it is part of a broader project of institutional reform.    

  WTI Magazine #22    2014 Mar, 21Author : Francesca Papasergi      Translation by:   Given the recent controversies about Matteo Renzi's communicative style, many people – everyone who feels entitled to convey their opinion on the matter, which usually means every single resident in the country – compared him...

  WTI Magazine #47    2014 November, 12Author : Francesca Papasergi      Translation by:   It seems that the latest elections in the US gave Italians the opportunity to think about their Election Law. After some weeks of relative calm, the "Nazareno Deal" strikes back. Last January, the Prime Minister Matt...

by Trevor Williams After 2008, Italy found itself smack in the middle of the less-than-flattering acronym used to lump together Europe's problem-child countries: PIIGS. With a sovereign-debt crisis and a government known for corruption and resistance to reform, the country found itself sliding down the list of preferred investment destinations....

  WTI Magazine #27    2014 Apr, 25Author : Francesca Papasergi      Translation by:   "Parks and Recreation". "Person of Interest". "Orange is the New Black"."Community Services Are the New Prison Sentences". Wouldn't it be a nice title for a tv show? This is what it is going to be, by the way. A tv show....

An American consortium is interested in a takeover of AC Milan, but it will not involve the club's former midfielder David Beckham. The group wants to purchase 51% of shares in the Rossoneri, but current owner Silvio Berlusconi has said that he is only willing to give up 30% for €300 million.   According to Tuttosport, the consortium be...