Tagged with "Italy"
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    Italy seeks a better deal

    Italy has benefited enormously from the European Union but now it is a net contributor and suffers the consequences of the disastrous single currency. How long will it be before the Italians decide enough is enough?

    by Tim Hedges -  8 November 2016
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    Italy and devolution

    To London-centric Britain, devolution of powers to regional mayors often seems like a no-brainer. In Italy, it's a little different. What, for example, if the local government’s policies are centred on 1950s Stalinist economics, the mayor a communist?

    by Tim Hedges - 27 September 2016
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    The Amatrice earthquake and the hand of the mafia

    The lessons of L’Aquila and of Amatrice and of the next one (for there will be a next one) is that Italy’s endemic corruption doesn’t just cost the state, it kills the innocent. The hand of the mafia in fraudulent construction projects is there for all to see

    by Tim Hedges -  1 September 2016
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    Mafia Capitale and the governance of Rome

    The Mafia Capitale trial in Rome has begun over the city's home grown mafia. One of the accused is a comic book baddie with one eye lost in a shoot out, another was recorded by police saying that the contract for looking after immigrants was more profitable than running cocaine

    by Tim Hedges -  8 November 2015
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    Health and jobs and sausages in Italy

    Italy's health system comes top of the league table for cancer recovery rates. NHS supporters should take note. But it is close to bottom when it comes to nepotism, and the brightest and best are emigrating. As ever, it's a mixed bag in Italy

    by Tim Hedges - 30 October 2015
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    A gangster’s funeral, Italy style

    Mafia supremo Vittoria Casamonica was buried in a manner that looked like something from the Godfather. In fact, it sounded like it too as, incredibly, the streets of Rome rang out to the theme music to Mario Puzo's famous movie. Only in Italy..

    by Tim Hedges - 25 August 2015
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    Italy's health system versus the NHS

    The embarrassing Olympic opening ceremony was watched by hundreds of millions of people with far better health systems than ours. Italy, as Tim Hedges recounts, just wipes the floor with the NHS. Why are we in denial?

    by Tim Hedges -  1 June 2015
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    Women in Italy

    In northern Europe the proportion of women who work is around two-thirds. In Italy it is less than half and in the south of the country it is not much more than one third. There's a long way to go, but you should see how it used to be. Some incredible stories

    by Tim Hedges -  9 March 2015
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    Italy: the new far-Right

    The far-Right in Italy is starting to mount a serious challenge. It is smarter than it used to be, modelled on Marine Le Pen’s Front National, offering a softer, more approachable platform. They're right on one thing. They want out of the euro

    by Tim Hedges - 26 December 2014
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    The King of Rome

    Over the last week a massive operation by secretive anti-mafia police units has exposed organised crime right inside Montecitorio, the heart of Rome’s government. It's a mafia start-up, and it's chilling

    by Tim Hedges -  9 December 2014
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    Ungovernable Italy II

    The last time anything really changed in the socio-political sphere in Italy was when the Prodi government passed a couple of minor laws, including making it legal to get your hair cut on a Monday. Is Italy really ungovernable?

    by Tim Hedges - 28 November 2014
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    The end of an Italian president

    Amid ongoing economic and political chaos, it now looks as though Italy may lose its president. Could anything else go wrong?

    by Tim Hedges - 12 November 2014
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    Hunting Italian style

    Thrushes are very tasty on the barbecue. Italy has a very strange way of doing hunting. Armed hunters in camouflage on your doorstep? Shooting your pet cat, as a warning to other cats? That's just the start of it

    by Tim Hedges - 16 October 2014
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    The Pope's divorce problem

    Pope Francis is misunderstood on divorce, as on so many other issues. He is a courageous and empathetic Pope who will not yield to relativism but does not want ordinary people with human vices to be excluded from the Church. This will be a tough one

    by Tim Hedges -  6 October 2014
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    Italy's battle with a Leftist legacy that destroys jobs

    Italy is plagued with outdated labour legislation, introduced around 1970 in a Europe-wide orgy of social protection that has left the country uncompetitive. Worryingly, Labour in Britain would envy their job-destroying policies

    by Tim Hedges - 24 September 2014