Foreign Affairs Article

What Rome Can Teach Us Today

Author: Michael Fontaine

Ancient Rome was a village that grew into a world empire. At the peak of its territorial reach, AD 117, it stretched from the British Isles to Mesopotamia and from the Rhine to the Sahara. Its history spans more than a millennium. Before the Western Roman Empire collapsed in the late fifth century, Romans enjoyed a standard of living not seen again in the West until the mid-nineteenth century. 

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Analysis Brief

Italy and the Future of the Eurozone

Author: Christopher Alessi

New Prime Minister Mario Monti faces the daunting task of reining in Italy's high public debt. Analysts say he will have to tackle fiscal irresponsibility to rebuild market confidence and prevent the eurozone's third largest economy from defaulting.

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Analysis Brief

Italian Debt Clouds over Europe

Author: Christopher Alessi

Despite a pledge by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign, Italy faces pressure to address its sovereign debt burden by quickly implementing austerity measures or risk a new magnitude of eurozone contagion.

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A Conversation with Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa (Audio)

Speaker: Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa
Presider: Jacob A. Frenkel

Listen to Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian minister of economy and finance, discuss the European Central Bank, global imbalances, and the regulation of financial markets as part of the Council's C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics.

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Italy Election Preview

Author: Alexandra Silver

Italians will head to the polls for parliamentary elections on April 9 and 10 to determine whether Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi or challenger Romano Prodi and his center-left coalition will win the tight race.

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