Darren Loucaides

Darren Loucaides is a Barcelona-based journalist from London. He used to live in Italy and writes about Mediterranean identity. 

Carlo Cottarelli arrives for a meeting with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella walk next to each other

Has the Italian establishment gone too far in its bid to stop the populists from taking Rome?

After weeks of negotiations, an agreement had been signed by Five Star Movement and the hard-right party Lega. Then, at the last moment, Italian President Sergio Mattarella — who holds a largely ceremonial role as head of state — torpedoed the deal.

Has the Italian establishment gone too far in its bid to stop the populists from taking Rome?
5-Star party supporters gather in Piazza del Popolo

The radical populist party that shook Italy's establishment

The radical populist party that shook Italy's establishment
An activist wearing a mask of Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi poses during a tour, the day after Italy's parliamentary elections, in Rome, Italy March 5, 2018.

How the murder of a young woman turned Italy's elections into a referendum on immigration

How the murder of a young woman turned Italy's elections into a referendum on immigration