Italy

Andrew Hill

When I worked in Milan in the mid-1990s, it was a standing joke that young Italians would not quit the family home: it was just too comfortable being cosseted by mamma and papà. Now this stereotype has solidified – young Italians feel unable to leave, even if they want to – and this could have serious implications for how the financial and economic crisis there plays out. Read more

Andrew Hill

Having worked in Milan in the mid-1990s, I have a soft spot for Italy’s imprenditori – the enterprising corporate leaders, often company founders, who make up the backbone of the industrial economy. They must be ashamed of the way their government is stirring up protectionist sentiment against French takeovers of Italian companies like Bulgari. Read more