News from italy

Italians earn much less than their peers in other western countries

January 2017 |
Italians starting professional careers earn much less than their peers in other western countries. Per a U.K. 2016 Global 5-Remuneration Planning Report, Italy came in last among the 15 western European nations ranked. Switzerland ranked first...

Five Star Movement has called for a referendum on ditching the euro

January 2017 |
Alessandro DiBattista of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement has called for a referendum on ditching the euro which could be a key issue in the next election. DiBattista said he is not opposed to an exit from the European Union but did...

Two cans filled with 20,000 euros to bribe a bid lock for a landfill

January 2017 |
Two biscuit cans filled with 20,000 euros were presented as a “gift” to Mayor Franco Metta of Puglia. The Mayor claimed that a waste management executive walked into his town office with the cans to bribe a bid lock for a landfill. The...

Vandals destroyed 400,000 bottles of sparkling wines

January 2017 |
South of Pavia in the Lombardy hills, vandals destroyed 400,000 bottles of sparkling wines on the grounds of the Conte Vistarino Winery. The vandals drained the refrigerated steel tanks where Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and other varieties...

Restrictions on motor vehicles to cut down on air pollution

January 2017 |
Milan, Rome and Naples are cities that have introduced restrictions on cars and other motor vehicles to cut down on high levels of air pollution. Polluting petrol cars and some diesel cars have been banned from streets because of the smog on...

Italian teens celebrating their 18th birthday before December 31 can receive a 500 euro bonus

December 2016 |
Italian teens celebrating their 18th birthday before December 31 can receive a 500 euro bonus from the government to be used solely on cultural items. There are about 574,000 teens in that group who can spend the stipend on books, concert and...

The Vatican has issued guidelines on cremations

December 2016 |
The Vatican has issued guidelines on cremations. With the number of cremations rising steadily and funeral costs rising rapidly, the Vatican urged that remains be preserved in cemeteries or other approved sacred places. The Roman Catholic Church...

Italian police deny any abuse against migrants

December 2016 |
Italian police deny any abuse against migrants during their identification or reparation process. The European Union has imposed tougher requirements on fingerprinting to reduce onward movement and expulsion of migrants. The ill treatment claims...

More than 100 people drowned off the coast of Libya. 29 survivors taken to Lampedusa.

December 2016 |
More than 100 people drowned off the coast of Libya following a migrant shipwreck. The vessel overturned leaving only 29 survivors. Those who survived were taken to the island of Lampedusa by the Italian coast guard. Over 4,000 migrants have died...
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