Tagged with "Italy"
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    The EU's new, Italian foreign policy supremo

    People will like the look of EU foreign policy with the appointment of Federica Mogherini as the new Brussel's supremo. But if Vladimir Putin may swoon, will you once you know how she got the job?

    by Tim Hedges -  1 September 2014
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    Italian doctor joins the bureaucrat hall of fame

    The story of the Italian doctor who managed to avoid doing any work for years is telling. Relatively tiny Sicily has 26,000 "forestry workers", which is more than in British Columbia in Canada

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 30 August 2014
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    Renzi: a difficult start

    Italy's colourful "new" leader says he's more worried about former colony Libya than his domestic reforms. But Renzi promised a reform a month, and people are asking what he has to show for it

    by Tim Hedges - 30 July 2014
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    He's back? The nine lives of Silvio Berlusconi

    For all his many faults, Berlusconi is a most remarkable politician. And like all remarkable politicians, just when you thought you'd heard the last of him, he could be back with a bang

    by Tim Hedges - 22 July 2014
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    The Costa Concordia: Two-and-a-half years on

    Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, has been portrayed as a grotesque stereotype of everything bad in an Italian. It is right that he should be shamed for his actions, but many Italians got it right on that tragic night

    by Tim Hedges - 15 July 2014
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    Bowing to the mafia

    The Church is a great institution in Italian life and the Pope doesn’t want it to be seen as co-equal with the mafia

    by Tim Hedges -  8 July 2014
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    Flexibility for Italy

    For the final six months of this year Italy will be President of the Council of The European Union - which is good news for Matteo Renzi

    by Tim Hedges -  2 July 2014
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    New wings for Alitalia?

    Recent history has been turbulent for Italy's Alitalia. Is Etihad Airways to be its saviour?

    by Tim Hedges - 24 June 2014
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    What should be making headlines in Italy

    Italy is consumed with World Cup fever at present. But there are far more pressing issues at hand, specifically its energy needs, and "Europe's" historic blunder

    by Tim Hedges - 19 June 2014
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    Italy can defeat corruption

    It was back in 2010 that we learned that the city of Milan had held off competition from Izmir, Turkey, to hold the 2015 Expo, essentially the World’s Fair. Naturally, such an event involves some fairly attractive building contracts. You can guess the rest

    by Tim Hedges -  9 June 2014
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    Grillo-Farage: 5-Star Independence?

    Grillo and Farage may come from different ends of the political spectrum; they may have different methods of approaching politics. But they do agree on one thing: the smug elite running Europe needs a good kicking

    by Tim Hedges -  3 June 2014
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    America should copy Europe…if the goal Is stagnation

    If it's higher living standards that are the goal, it's Hong Kong and Singapore that America should be copying, not France and Italy

    by Daniel J. Mitchell - 29 April 2014
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    A tale of two leaders

    Things have changed in Italy, from Renzi selling the ministerial cars on eBay to the Pope persuading an ecclesiastical panjandrum into a life of impoverished contemplation. More of the same, please

    by Tim Hedges - 21 April 2014
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    Sicily: A terrible beauty

    Sicily is of course famous for the mafia, although these days it is less influential than the Neapolitan Camorra or the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta. But the Cosa Nostra’s roots still extend deep into Sicilian life and there’s so much to do to bring normality to this beautiful corner of Europe

    by Tim Hedges - 14 April 2014
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    Killing the Gattopardo: Renzi's progress in Italy

    On his appointment Renzi promised a reform a month – sometimes it seems like one a week - but he's making progress all the same

    by Tim Hedges -  7 April 2014


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