Economy / Foreign relations

Italy versus the world

    Everyone wants to bomb Syria, including France. Not Italy, with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warning against “a new Libya”. Mr Renzi also attacked the European Institutions, which criticized his announcement that the real estate tax will be lowered (Brussels would prefer different fiscal cuts instead). Mr Renzi’s Minister of Transportation, Graziano Delrio, released … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Security and defence

Did the Italian intelligence assassinate the boss of human trafficking in Libya?

Salah Al-Maskhout, a former officer in Gadafi’s army, is a mysterious ghost in the eye of the giant black hole called Libya. Three days ago he was supposed to be the man behind the industry of human trafficking across the Sicily Channel, and to have been killed by a commando on the payroll of the … Continue reading

Health

Italian National Health Service to cut “superfluous” clinical examinations

Italy is proud of its National Health Service, but at the same time admits that it is no immune to episodes of gross mismanagement, which should be tackled to spare public money. The Ministry of Health is working on a Decree which will include a long list of clinical examinations at risk of inappropriate prescription. Medics requiring such … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / History of Italy

Italian 100-year-old gets compensation for WWII rape

An Italian 100-year-old woman was awarded a compensation by the Italian Court of Auditors for a rape she was subjected to during WWII. In 1944 the woman, who was then 27, was raped by French colonial troops during the Italian campaign. Colonial troops were widely used by Free France, since the French metropolitan territory was … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / Culture / History of Italy

The new marketing by the Italian organized crime

The Italian organized crime was probably born even before the Unification of the country. Thanks to the Italian troubled history, it was easy for the various organizations to establish some kind of political legitimation. Before the Unification, they claimed to be protecting the population against the corrupted and ineffective Governments of the pre-unitary States. After … Continue reading

Politics

Italian senator invents “e-filibustering”

To stop or at least delay the Boschi Bill, the Government-sponsored reform of the Italian Constitution, the opposition is turning filibustering into an art, but the real masterpiece must be attributed to senator Roberto Calderoli (Northern League), who put together old politics and technology. Mr Calderoli is using a software to randomly generate hundreds of thousand amendments, … Continue reading