News from italy

Rescuers are still digging in hopes of finding more survivors after an avalanche

February 2017 |
At the time this article was published, rescuers are still carefully digging in hopes of finding more survivors after an avalanche smashed into a spa hotel in the remote mountainous region of central Italy. A total of nine men, women and children...

Paolo Gentiloni named as Italy's new Prime

January 2017 |
Dopo lunghe consultazioni con 23 formazioni parlamentari, Sergio Mattarella, Presidente della Repubblica, ha designato Paolo Gentiloni nuovo Presidente del Consiglio. L’ex Ministro degli esteri e delle Comunicazioni succede a Matteo Renzi,...

M5S: The Five Star Movement. Who Are They?

January 2017 |
Considered to be populist, anti-establishment, environmentalist, anti-globalist, and Eurosceptic by both its supporters and the opposition, the Five Star Movement in Italy can be credited as the spearhead for former Prime Minister Matteo...

Premier designate Paolo Gentiloni was asked to form a new government

January 2017 |
The December 4 vote in Italy resulted in a new prime minister and cabinet team. Italy’s youngest premier ever, Matteo Renzi, resigned because his plan for an overhaul of the legislature was solidly rejected by nearly 60% of the voting...

Italians earn much less than their peers in other western countries

January 2017 |
Italians starting professional careers earn much less than their peers in other western countries. Per a U.K. 2016 Global 5-Remuneration Planning Report, Italy came in last among the 15 western European nations ranked. Switzerland ranked first...

Five Star Movement has called for a referendum on ditching the euro

January 2017 |
Alessandro DiBattista of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement has called for a referendum on ditching the euro which could be a key issue in the next election. DiBattista said he is not opposed to an exit from the European Union but did...

Two cans filled with 20,000 euros to bribe a bid lock for a landfill

January 2017 |
Two biscuit cans filled with 20,000 euros were presented as a “gift” to Mayor Franco Metta of Puglia. The Mayor claimed that a waste management executive walked into his town office with the cans to bribe a bid lock for a landfill. The...

Vandals destroyed 400,000 bottles of sparkling wines

January 2017 |
South of Pavia in the Lombardy hills, vandals destroyed 400,000 bottles of sparkling wines on the grounds of the Conte Vistarino Winery. The vandals drained the refrigerated steel tanks where Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and other varieties...

Restrictions on motor vehicles to cut down on air pollution

January 2017 |
Milan, Rome and Naples are cities that have introduced restrictions on cars and other motor vehicles to cut down on high levels of air pollution. Polluting petrol cars and some diesel cars have been banned from streets because of the smog on...
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