Viva l'Italia

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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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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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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Le nouveau gouvernement Italien présidié par Enrico Letta se trouve face à des nombreaux défis. La coalition composée par le Partito Democratico, par le Popolo della Libertà e par Scelta Civica doit, avant de tout, combattre la plaie du chômage, surtout le chômage qui atteint les jeunes générations. Un problème lié strictement à la faible… » read more

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Mario Monti’s mistake

Everybody across Europe knows Mario Monti. Beyond doubt he’s one of the most respected and admired economists and politicians. In 2011, when Italy’s Head of State, Giorgio Napolitano, nominated him prime Minister, after Silvio Berlusconi’s resignation, Monti inherited many problems from the previous governments, above all a very high sovereign debt, an increasing unemployment rate… » read more

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Italy’s head of State, Giorgio Napolitano, appointed two commissions composed by 10 wise men aimed at sorting out the political crisis and proposing new urgent reforms. Furthermore, Napolitano did not resign and announced he would stay until the end of his mandate, on May 15th. That decision is the proof of President’s foresight. As a… » 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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