The Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank and the Pact With the Politicians

Did members of Italy’s two main political parties form an accord to allow them to influence the Siena bank? Investigators are checking.   Smoldering away in Italy is the Monte dei Paschi di Siena banking scandal, a sordid tale of tainted takeovers, hidden losses, intimate insider dealing, Machiavellian market manipulation and a bountiful bailout with public money. So […]

A Tale of Two Scandals

Yesterday in Italy two scandals involving dodgy Italian politicians erupted.  Scandals regarding politicians in Italy are remarkably commonplace.  You may well remember a certain Silvio Berlusconi around whom new scandals surfaced virtually daily. It makes no difference which way Italy’s politicians profess to lean, for many of those on the left and on the right […]

Silvio Berlusconi Insults

As many will be aware, gossip surrounding Italy’s current prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi’s activities, both public and personal, seem to be making the headlines at the moment, and not just in Italy.

Clowns in Cool Britannia

I don’t know. I think politicians should be people we look up to. People who set an example to us all, not crooked rip off merchants.

Romeo and the Politicians

Before the infamous ‘mani pulite’ clean up which took place back in the early to mid nineties, it was said that Italy’s politicians had Italy’s entrepreneurs eating out of their hands.

Disregard for Human Life in Tuscany

How low can you go? How about ‘adjusting’ the toxic emissions of an incinerator plant? No, surely this could not happen.

Well, it did down near picturesque Lucca in Italy. The fiddle came from the very top and has led to increased levels of cancer and other health realted annomalies in the area.

A Fallen Angel

Giuliano Tavaroli, who is, as I mentioned in my ‘The Pirelli and Telecom Italia Mafia Godfather‘ post, the man lifting the lid on complex corruption scandal being revealed in Italy at this very moment. Well, Tavaroli used to be one of the late General Dalla Chiesa’s main men. General Dalla Chiesa, for those who don’t […]