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Some 22 years after its entry into force the maternity leave directive seems outdated. The Parliament voted in October 2010 to extend maternity leave to at least 20 fully-paid weeks, but four years later this is still being blocked by governments in the EU Council. The European Commission now wants to withdraw the proposal. According… » read more

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In July the European Parliament announced to open talks over the maternity leave reform. In 2010 the EP approved in first reading the draft proposal, but it never came into force. The reform cannot be stuck forever, so the European commission recently announced plans to withdraw it, after four years’ deadlock, because there is no… » read more

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The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an open data platform on Development Aid, aimed at improving transparency on funds to developing countries. The new website is still under development. The Ministry already provides OECD with an annual report on this data. Information on 2004-2012 period is already available on the new website. In… » read more

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Catalunya: ara és l’hora?

by Alessandra Flora, Rome, Italy L’indipendenza della Catalunya non ci sarà. Lo ha ribadito alla Casa Bianca il premier spagnolo Mariano Rajoy nel corso del suo ultimo incontro con il presidente degli Stati Uniti, Barack Obama. Difficilmente, però, le dichiarazioni di Rajoy porranno fine a una questione che resta sostanzialmente aperta, alla luce di una… » read more

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La presenza di Barroso accende per un giorno i riflettori dei media europei sull’ecatombe che si è compiuta a Lampedusa. Solo per poco: presto le luci si spegneranno e il buio calerà di nuovo sull’isola. Il rischio è che con il passare del tempo la morte di circa 300 persone, quasi tutte di nazionalità eritrea,… » read more

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In the garden of beasts

A few weeks ago, during my visit to New York City, I heard about the story of Paula Deen, 66, an american celebrity chef who had been fired by the Food Network and had lost almost all her sponsor such as Wallmart, the pharma giant Novo Nordisk and QVC, after using the “N-word”. She is… » read more

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A fistul of euros

What is happening in Italy? We are selling our best family companies. It’s a very sad situation, getting more and more absurd. What about the eminent tradition we have built we our own hands? I could not believe the news: on 10 July the French giant LVMH (better known as Louis Vuitton Group) bought one… » read more

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We Italians must be proud of this woman who will chair the lower house of our Parliament. 51 years-old, journalist and writer, Mrs Boldrini is one of the most honest, sober, expert women of our times. Neither a showgirl, nor an old politician, she started her career at the United Nation with FAO, after a… » read more

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