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Italian Investigations Highlight Cruelty And Danger Of Migrant Smuggling Networks In Mediterranean

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.24.2015 | World

Italian prosecutors this week revealed disturbing new allegations about the vast smuggling networks that are responsible for the recent increase in mi...

Italy Rescues Almost 1,000 Migrants Amid Spike In Deaths At Sea

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

ROME, April 11 (Reuters) - Italian and merchant ships rescued around 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded skiffs near the coast of Libya and found on...

Italian Bishops: Mafia ‘Betray The Gospel'

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Catholic bishops from the southern Italian region of Calabria have broken their silence and spoken out against the “inhumane” power of ...

Matteo Renzi Makes Reform Popular in Italy

Pierpaolo Barbieri | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Pierpaolo Barbieri

Europe today stands between the Scylla of deflation and the Charybdis of a populism filled with rancor but devoid of content and proposals. Italian reform is coming at its own pace, but reforms are there and, even more importantly, they have popular backing.

7 Things Italy Can Teach The Rest Of The World

L'Huffington Post | Ilaria Betti | Posted 05.13.2015 | World

What’s the true strength of Italians? Sure, we can cook pasta like nobody else on earth, and we know the right amount of water to use in order to br...

Is Viktor Orbán Right That Liberal Democracy Has Failed? Is Italy Exhibit #1?

Marco Valerio Lo Prete | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Marco Valerio Lo Prete

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has argued that "liberal democratic societies cannot remain globally competitive" because their decision-making mechanisms are anachronistic. As Orbán sees it, the alternative is to build what he calls an "illiberal" democratic state. And this, he posited, is not a personal whim: "Today, the world tries to understand systems which are not Western, not liberal, maybe not even democracies, yet they are successful."

Italy's Interior Minister Expels Iman For Anti-Semitism

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Italian officials on Tuesday (Aug. 5) moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel...

Can Matteo Renzi Move Mainstream Europe?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

An old saying in Rome has it that the favorite candidate always enters the conclave as the next pope but exits as a mere cardinal. Matteo Renzi, Italy's maverick prime minister, is Europe's man of the hour; but the six-month rotating EU presidency which Italy kicked off earlier this month may leave him severely diminished, unless he fulfills the promise of his leadership with tangible results.

Italy Rescues 1,800 Migrants Over Weekend, Recovers 5 Bodies

Reuters | Posted 09.20.2014 | World

ROME, July 21 (Reuters) - Italy's navy said it rescued nearly 1,800 migrants in overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, and a merch...

Thousands Of Migrants Rescued From Overcrowded, Sinking Boats

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.07.2014 | World

Italian and U.S. ships patrolling the Mediterranean Sea have rescued thousands of migrants making the treacherous journey from Africa to Europe since ...

CCTV Footage May Cast Doubt Over Knox's Alibi

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.08.2014 | World

CCTV footage released by an Italian investigative TV show casts doubt over Amanda Knox's alibi in the case of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kerc...

Roma In Rome

The WorldPost | Chandran Nair | Posted 04.21.2014 | World

"The Other Hundred" is a unique photo book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of peop...

Italy's Renzi: Positive Politics Vs. Negative Populism

Pierpaolo Barbieri | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Pierpaolo Barbieri

It was striking that "La Grande Bellezza" came up in a televised interview in recent days with Matteo Renzi, Italy's youngest ever prime minister. It was even more striking, however, that Renzi presented the movie in a positive light: to him, the superficially negative message was secondary to the "great beauty" of successful Italian art. What is more, Renzi used the movie to press the case for his ambitious reform agenda.

Another Part Of Pompeii Crumbles After Heavy Rain

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2014 | World

ROME, March 3 (Reuters) - A wall in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii collapsed on Monday, the third piece of the UNESCO world heritage site to crum...

Enrico Letta: Populism + Social Media = Trouble for Europe

Posted 12.01.2014 | World

Enrico Letta was the Italian prime minister from April 2013 until mid-February, when he was ousted by Matteo Renzi as leader of the Democratic Party a...

Erica Jong: From Fear Of Flying To Fear Of Dying

Alain Elkann | Posted 02.25.2014 | World

The following article first appeared at "I first met Erica in Italy, her se...

New Kid on the Block: Matteo Renzi Jolts Europe

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

2014-02-14-renziphoto.jpg Matteo Renzi has already provided something that Europe has been sorely lacking: leadership from a new generation with the innovative imagination, energy and will to restructure democratic practices and institutions that have become largely moribund.

Sardinia Measures Damage Wrought By Cyclone Cleopatra

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Gabriele Pileri OLBIA, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Emergency services sifted through the devastation left by a cyclone that tore through the...

The Italy of Laura and Piero, Who Do Not Accept the Current State of Things

Lucia Annunziata | Posted 05.16.2013 | World
Lucia Annunziata

Two exceptional people have now risen to the top of both chambers of Parliament -- and for a country whose political institutions are undergoing an especially trying moment, this is a startlingly positive outcome.

Berlusconi: I'll Run For PM Again

Reuters | Posted 02.07.2013 | World

By Steve Scherer ROME, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Saturday he would run to become the c...

Neo-Fascists Gather To Celebrate Mussolini

Huffington Post Italy | Marco Pasqua | Posted 10.29.2012 | World

They come from all over the country. Their heads shaved, yearning for the 1920s, comrades in black shirts with their bodies marked by the symbols of h...

Monti Forms New Italian Government

Posted 01.16.2012 | World

ROME (AP) - Economist Mario Monti announced Wednesday he has formed a new Italian government, opting to put technocrats instead of bickering politicia...

Italy's Amalfi Coast: Eat, Pray, Awesome (PHOTOS)

Gregory Curley | Posted 08.21.2011 | Travel
Gregory Curley

*SEE PHOTOS BELOW* The fact that I had lived in Europe for five years and never once been to Italy may seem a crime in itself. But even when I finall...