The ‘First Republic’ needed to collapse


Former journalist Marina Valensise, now Director of Italian Institute of Culture, Paris, describes the fall of the so-called Italian ‘First Republic’ before Silvio Berlusconi’s victory in March 1994, and argues that many important changes were necessary.

Storyteller: Marina Valensise

Date of Story: March 1994
Location of Story: Italy
Location: Paris, France
Date: 14 February, 2016

This post is part of a collaboration with author Davide Rubini to collect the stories of Italy in the aftermath of the “Bribesville” (Tangentopoli) scandals of the 1990s. Find out more about Rubini’s new novel,  il fischio finale (The Final Blow).