Category Archives: Politics

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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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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‘Winds of change’ after Berlusconi defeat

It was smiles and jubilation all round in many parts of Italy on Monday, as the second round of local elections confirmed a ‘wind of change’ in Italian society and politics with crushing defeat of Berlusconi’s PdL candidates in most … Continue reading

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Milan Mayor Moratti falls for pratical joke on Twitter

The current Mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti (pic. right), is again the subject of ridicule among Italian net-users again this week after falling for a practical joke on micro-blogging site Twitter. User @Orghl launched a tweet directly to @LetiziaMoratti denouncing … Continue reading

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Immigrant row continues

Tense relations between Italy and France over illegal immigrants continued yesterday as French border controls blocked trains coming into France via the Italian border. Thousands of immigrants have been arriving on the south Italian island of Lampedusa since civil unrest … Continue reading

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National holiday cause for controversy

You would have thought that with Easter coming so late this year (the last weekend of April) Italians, or any other population, would be more than glad of an extra day off in March to celebrate the 150th anniversary of … Continue reading

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