Category Archives: current affairs

Centre-left dominates in low turnout

Italy’s centre-left Partito Democratico are celebrating this week as they managed to win 16  out of  the 16 major mayorships at stake in ballots around the country this weekend, giving a welcome boost to Prime Minister Enrico Letta and strengthening … Continue reading

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Exams begin as temperatures soar

It used to be said of the French Education Minster that he could say what French pupils were studying at any given moment such was the uniformity of the system and the national syllabus. The same could also be said … Continue reading

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Student killed in Trieste

A 23 year old student was crushed to death under a pop concert stage rigging yesterday in an indoor sports hall in Trieste. 20 year old Francesco Pinna was working on the rigging in preparation for a concert by Italian … Continue reading

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An “Internazionale” weekend

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday sees the annual news, current affairs and cultural festival “Internazionale a Ferrara” take place in the north-eastern Italian city. Internazionale is an Italian news weekly which, as its name suggests, collects features, articles and reviews … Continue reading

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The Politics of Cycling

I’ve often said that politics comes into everything in Italy, although it must also be said that sport and politics are often frequent yet uneasy companions. This week’s cycle race Giro della Padania in (northern) Italy is proof of both. … Continue reading

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Cameron’s cappuccino a lesson for tourists in Italy

I don’t often give personal comment on news or incidents happening in Italy, preferring to give objective accounts of various news items or current affairs in Italy I feel others may be interested in. However the recent ‘Cameron cappuccino’ incident which … Continue reading

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Minister flees from temporary public employee

The Italian Minister for Public Administration has come under fierce fire after having snubbed and fled from a temporary public administration worker on Tuesday. Mr Renato Brunetta, economist and former Euro-MP, was angered by a conference attendee in Naples when … Continue reading

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