Culture / Society

Rome repudiates its VIP parties

Immortalized by Fellini’s famous movie, the Dolce Vita of Rome was portrayed as a sad, decadent affair by Paolo Sorrentino’s “La grande bellezza”. Indeed, Sorrentino’s movie accurately captures the mood now prevailing in Italy: everyone despises the celebrated VIP parties held in Rome. Fausto Bertinotti, the last relevant Italian Communist leader, public apologized for attending … Continue reading

Crime and Court news / Society

Legal uncertainty on gay families status drags on in Italy

The Government-sponsored Bill on the civil partnerships between homosexual people will not be debated by the Italian Parliament before 2016, since the Chambers are now entering their budget session. Meanwhile the practical regulation of the new family models is left to the Courts which, unsurprisingly, are giving mixed signals. The Council of State, the highest … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Security and defence / Sport

Italy at odds with Libya and Israel

The Mediterranean basin is proving unfriendly to Italy, with Libya and Israel both having complaints against Rome. The Libyan Government in Tobruk has accused the Italian Navy of violating “its” territorial waters with “three warships”. The Italian Ministry of Defense flatly denied the claim, but in the meantime an Italian cemetery in Tripoli was ransacked. … Continue reading

Food / Health

Italy shocked by WHO warning on “cancer-causing” meat

  You can expect everything regarding food to draw much attention in Italy, and this was the case for a report by the World Health Organization on the link between meat and cancer. According to the UN Agency, processed meats are cancer-causing and red meats are also likely to cause cancer. The announcement caused consternation in Italy, since the country … Continue reading

Foreign relations / Sport

Italy supports Rossi in Marquez row

The President of the Italian Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malagò, harshly criticized the penalty imposed by the International Motorcycling Federation to Valentino Rossi, the famous Italian racer of the Yamaha Team. Mr Rossi will be forced to start the last race of the world championship, to be held in Valencia, Spain, from the last position of the … Continue reading