Mattarella has a point

If Italy really is to make a radical, momentous break with the Euro, sooner or later, voters should explicitly endorse the move.

Four questions from the Italian election

Storming results for the Five Star Movement and the League pose big challenges to the established structure of Italian politics, to the EU, and to the left more generally.

John Stevens: Homage to Caledonia

There is a case for the EU guaranteeting internal as well as external frontiers – which would make Scottish independence impossible were the UK to remain an EU member.