The journalist and author Beppe Severgnini, born in 1956, knows Italy and his compatriots inside out which he has proven not least in his bestseller La Bella Figura. As a columnist, including for the Corriere della Sera, he does not spare his native country criticism. With a sharp eye, he has commentated on the changes in Italy and Europe as an author in Time magazine, the Financial Times and the Economist where he has also worked as a correspondent. In 2004, Severgnini was voted European Journalist of the Year in Brussels, and Queen Elisabeth II made him an Officer of the British Empire.
Europe’s narrative is controlled by its foes — and there are many, as we know. Bashing Europe is every politician’s pastime. A dangerous one, though.
Severgnini, October 2016