News from italy

Italy granted citizenship to over 200,000 people in 2016

May 2018 |
Italy granted citizenship to over 200,000 people in 2016, more than any other country in the European Union. While EU nationals can live in the country permanently without so much as a visa, non-Europeans also have the option to stay without...

Undetonated WWII bomb forced the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people in Bologna

May 2018 |
The discovery of an undetonated WWII bomb forced the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people in Bologna last month. The bomb was found on private land close to a railway underpass near the station north of the city centre causing many road and rail...

A 92-year-old woman and her daughter have been reunited in Italy after 70 years

May 2018 |
A 92-year-old woman and her daughter who were separated at the end of WWII have been reunited in Italy after 70 years. The emotional reunion was made possible by Germany-based International Tracing Services (ITS), which specializes in reuniting...

Italy's three main rightwing parties met last month to discuss their strategy

May 2018 |
After a month-long stalemate, the leaders of Italy’s three main rightwing parties met last month to discuss their strategy ahead of continuing talks aimed at forming a government. Initial talks with the country’s president, Sergio Mattarella,...

Italian voters opted for anti-establishment parties in March's general election

April 2018 |
Italian voters opted for anti-establishment parties in March’s general election. In another blow to the European establishment, about half of the Italian electorate voted for populist parties once considered unconventional and extreme. In Italy’s...

Italy elected its first black senator in history

April 2018 |
Italy elected its first black senator in history. Toni Iwobi, a Nigerian immigrant, is a member of the anti-immigration Lega (League) party. Iwobi was elected in Brescia, Lombardy to the upper house of the country’s parliament. The far-right League...

Italian footballer Davide Astori died at the age of 31

April 2018 |
Italian footballer Davide Astori died at the age of 31 on March 4, 2018. The captain of Italy’s Fiorentina team likely died of cardiac arrest due to a slow heart rate, sources report. Fiorentina and Astori’s former club, Cagliari, announced they...

German discount supermarket Aldi opened its first locations in northern Italy

April 2018 |
German discount supermarket Aldi opened its first locations in northern Italy last month. Although the store gets its namesake from “Albrecht” and “Diskont,” the west German brothers who founded it, the store’s Italian marketing campaign sought out...

Pope Paul VI will soon be made a saint

April 2018 |
Pope Paul VI, who oversaw the sweeping “Vatican II” reforms of the Catholic Church in the 1960s, will soon be made a saint, the Vatican announced last month. The pope put Paul VI on the path of sainthood by beatifying him in October 2014. The Pope...
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