Tom Wheeldon

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Monday, 11 February 2019

France-Italy rupture is rooted in European election battles

For journalists especially, the age of Trump and Brexit engenders what J.G. Ballard – writing with clairvoyance in the 1970s …

By Tom Wheeldon

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Macron is right to challenge French secularism

Emmanuel Macron produced a maelstrom of controversy on Monday with what may strike the Anglo-Saxon reader as innocuous remarks. At …

By Tom Wheeldon

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The Five Star Movement is all hot air and empty promises

Last week AFP reported that Italians have been queuing up outside tax offices up and down the country demanding free money. They …

By Tom Wheeldon

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Macron's plan to bring back national service is baffling

For the Western commentariat, Emmanuel Macron’s election signalled a retreat from 2016’s populist electoral insurrections. So it may strike the …

By Tom Wheeldon

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Italian elections: TV populism versus internet populism

It is in Italy that politics was first transformed by TV, then by the internet, and the March 4 elections will pit …

By Tom Wheeldon

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

France grapples once more with its anti-Semitic past

At the end of January France’s culture minister Françoise Nyssen retracted the decision to include Charles Maurras – a far-right, …

By Tom Wheeldon