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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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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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What a difference a coach can make. Last football match between Italy and Bulgaria for Fifa Word Cup qualifications gave us a moral lesson. In the beginning of the match, during the Bulgarian national anthem, the audience in Palermo’s stadium started whisteling against the foreign team. Suddenly coach Cesare Prandelli, who was sitting on the… » read more

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Adieu aux Mercedes, aux Audi, aux Jaguar. C’est difficile pour un Italien de renoncer à sa voiture, surtout si ce n’est pas lui a payer de sa poche. Seulement dans l’année 2012, l’Administration publique italienne a depensé pour son parc automobile 1.050 millions d’euro. C’est beaucoup, mais c’est quand même moins qu’en 2011 (-12%). Mais… » read more

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Less than four years ago Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. In 2009 the Nobel Committee lauded the 44th President of the United States for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. Now he is planning a targeted military action against the Syrian regime, he is ready to… » read more

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