The grand university reform of Mariastella Gelmini has passed into law by a whisker - immediately after a no-confidence motion passed by three votes. We are now waiting to see what effect this will have. Already many courses have closed including ours. The position of researcher has a significantly changed status and many are working to rule, putting courses in difficulty.
The fractal nature of politics
I don't really mean fractal. I am referring to the fact that behaviour at a high level is reflected at a lower level.
I have rather studiously avoided talking about Italian politics even if it is one of the topics most discussed here. However the premier himself often refers to the fact that he is under siege, with the opposition including former allies.
At the University level, a president of a faculty, who pressured a previous president to resign, has publically asked the rector to resign. Now I hear rumours that he himself is under siege, with the opposition including former allies.