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Re: Italian Politics

PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 2:13 pm
by CielOnTap
L'Aquila reconstruction money ran out last fall and the town's mayor has had Italian flags taken as part of his displeasure at the holdup in restoring homes and lives. He has indicated he will leave if the money is not forthcoming within two weeks.

A note about money from the Italian Government-an Italian-Canadian paper about to celebrate its 59th year in business shut down this week because it did not receive government money (almost $3M) for 2012. The paper is called Corriere Canadese.

Re: Italian Politics

PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:29 am
by CielOnTap
Pope Francis visited Lampedusa Island in Italy. African migrants leaving difficult circumstances at home often head to the island in a bid to get entry into Europe. It is the Pope's first visit outside of Rome.
8 July 2013 Last updated at 05:47 ET

Pope Francis visits Italy's migrant island of Lampedusa
Pope Francis has said Mass for migrants on Italy's tiny island of Lampedusa, condemning the "global indifference" to their plight.

On arrival, he threw a wreath in the sea in memory of the many people who have drowned trying to reach Europe.

A small boat carrying 166 Africans - reportedly Eritreans - arrived at Lampedusa's port just hours before the Pope's plane touched down.

The island is struggling to cope with thousands of illegal migrants.

Re: Italian Politics

PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:30 am
by deja vu
I was surprised when I read this article and the behavior of some politicians. Sure they have their fill of sex scandals in Italy, I just didn't expect to see racism take over. There are more civilized ways to disagree with someone's opinion, but sadly violence is replacing words as the way to show your feelings. Thankfully she is a strong lady and is rising above the crap.

This is a reminder to us all that while we think we are living in the present, some remind us that the ugly past is not far away. ... ister?lite

Some of Italy's top politicians on Saturday rallied behind the country's first black minister after a spectator threw bananas at her while she was making a speech.

Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, who is originally from Democratic Republic of Congo, was appearing at a political rally in Cervia in central Italy on Friday, when someone in the audience threw bananas towards the stage, narrowly missing it.

Re: Italian Politics

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:19 pm
by CielOnTap
Silvio Berlusconi may not be allowed to run for public office for a time period.

His challenge to tax rate increases had helped him to gain popular votes. There was political turmoil recently when ministers with Berlusconi resigned.

Re: Italian Politics

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:30 pm
by CielOnTap
Mr. Berlusconi has been given 4hours of community service duty each week, along with travel restrictions, by an Italian judge accommodating Mr. Berlusconi's lawyer's request to factor the need to meet with politicans regarding party candidates yet serve his sentence. The lawyer did not want house arrest for his client, who had been convicted of tax fraud.

Which healthcare professionals with Mr. Berlusconi be assisting? No details as yet. Wonder if Mr. Berlusconi's television companies will be highlighting his community service on evening newscasts...

Re: Italian Politics

PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2014 10:05 am
by CielOnTap
In Venice, cruise ships have to be under a certain tonnage to ply the canals with their passengers. The medieval buildings are at risk from the big ships' vibrations-never know when the wooden building supports might give way.
(ANSA) - Rome, August 8 - Veneto Governor Luca Zaia on Friday said ships above 40,000 tonnes will be banned from Saint Mark's basin and the Giudecca Canal in Venice.
It was a "unanimous decision" by an interministerial committee to save Venice and its lagoon, the governor tweeted.
In addition to the risk of collision, cruise ships have long been blamed for blowing corrosive smog onto Venice's medieval buildings, whose fragile foundations are weakened by the massive vibrations big liners put off.

Re: Italian Politics

PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:46 pm
by CielOnTap
For insights into Italian government of recent years, read Being Berlusconi by Michael Day. The journalist-author takes readers into the land of popularity, money and government that keeps changing prime ministers. Also, there is coverage of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's legal cases as well as his divorce case. L'Aquila, best known to our readers for its 2009 earthquake and then later meeting venue for political leaders, gets some attention as well.

Three Prime Ministers after Berlusconi have not been elected into the position. The Italian president is in a second term in the position, despite there being a law that only one term is permitted.

Re: Italian Politics

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 11:04 am
by CielOnTap
Rome has trash on the streets. Not sure I understand why the European Union's permission is needed to allow more trash incinerators or dumps in Italy?

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi said that the sight of the rubbish in the streets was a "disgrace" and that the city was working "round the clock" to solve the crisis, while the EU had said No to new waste dumps and incinerators.
Raggi said she had sent the regional government a request to authorise new waste plants, but Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti denied this.
He said "the doors are open to new proposals plants" but there had been "no such requests".

Found an EU directive from the early 2000s that will apply to new incinerators: