PIIGS provides a wonderful opportunity for me to link with other playwrights in similarly affected countries and to learn from their response to their own unique situation. It is hugely ambitious artistically and politically and seems motivated by a healthy sense of curiosity and solidarity with fellow European citizens.
Last month, Scotland's police made a radical policy shift, announcing they would no longer seek to prosecute people brought to the UK to work against their will. This shift is crucial: a "victim focused" approach is needed, if we want to achieve better results in the fight against human trafficking.
Lake Como offers beautiful views of the Alps from lake-side villas that have all of the charm of Italy along with the elegance and order as befits a location so close to the Swiss border. As an Italian that lives and works in this idyllic region, I have created a list of my favourite activities to do while spending a summer holiday on the lake.
As I write, an MoD plane carrying one million Euros is being airlifted to Cyprus for UK military personnel. It must be a new and very literal definition of 'helicopter money'. And that's the problem. As long as policymakers continue to opt for radically different solutions in every case - then fear and loathing will never be far away from markets and now, once again, from savers.
So what does this all mean for non-Catholics? Well, probably not a lot. For most people, Pope Francis is just another old man who should really be on a golf course in Florida somewhere, enjoying retirement. And yet we all tuned into the news when the signal was given that a new pope had been elected.
Call it first day nerves, but the Pope stumbled into his new roll in near dramatic fashion. As he got off his elaborate seat after the beginning of...
What significant numbers of voters in Italeigh have in common is a profound sense that conventional politicians have let them down. They lie, they cheat, they make promises that they have no intention of keeping - and, most seriously, they preside over a collapse in living standards that throws thousands of people out of work and creates real, palpable misery.