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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:30 pm

Morgantina Venus returns home
Priceless statue returned after landmark deal with Getty Museum
16 March, 18:41
(ANSA) - Palermo, March 16 - A famous 5th-century BC statue of the Greek goddess Aphrodite is set to return to an ancient Greek site in Sicily as part of a landmark deal between Italy and the John Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The so-called Morgantina Venus, stolen by tomb raiders 30 years ago and later sold to the US museum for $18 million, is flying from LA to Rome Thursday in three pieces.

It will be taken by truck down to Aidone near Enna next month where it will be displayed in the town's antiquities museum.
http://ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/03/16/visualizza_new.html_1554502568.html

What will the museum charge the locals to see the statue in exhibition?

Italy has 150 years to celebrate, though not all regions share in the festivity.
Italy parties for unification 150th, amid cracks of dissent
Northern League figures snub anniversary celebrations
17 March, 16:56

(ANSA) - Rome, March 17 - Italy on Thursday continued to toast the 150th anniversary of its unification after a night of partying in the big cities, although divisions were also on display with many Northern League figures dissenting.

Hundreds of thousands celebrated from dusk to dawn at shows, concerts, ceremonies and firework displays despite heavy rain in many places, while museums, theatres and monuments were open all night in cities such as Rome and Turin.

''We are celebrating the best of our nation,'' said Italian President Giorgio Napolitano ahead of a series of a ceremonies on Thursday, a special one-off national holiday for the unity anniversary. ''Without unity our nation would have been swept away by history... If we are united, we will overcome all the challenges that await us''.http://ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/03/17/visualizza_new.html_1554383597.html

Conflicts in North African countries are resulting in higher migrant traffic to EU countries. Italy seeks EU funding for the cost of providing border patrols and migrant processing services. A link to what the EU expects of member countries to provide to migrants needs posting. A division was created last yearto oversee immigration and migration issues.
A press release concerning Frontex. http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/11/98&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=fr
'European response on migrants lacking'
Maroni to press EU on three fronts
16 March, 17:12
(ANSA) - Rome, March 16 - The European Union's response to a migrant wave from North Africa has been disappointing, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said Wednesday, adding that over 11,000 Tunisian migrants had arrived since the start of 2011.

"We have asked for intervention from the European Union but it has so far been unsatisfactory," Maroni told the House, saying that Italy wanted the EU to share the burden of receiving migrants, sifting asylum requests and repatriation. This system, he said, "must be developed by the EU and the burden cannot be left on border countries alone". Second, Italy wanted the EU's border agency Frontex to be boosted, saying that at present it only coordinated action while leaving up to individual states and in particular Italy "the many burdens and few honours of controlling the Mediterranean".
http://ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/03/16/visualizza_new.html_1554529599.html
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:54 pm

Who among us might know what the Italian President's name is? The subject of the reconstruction of L'Aquila comes up with the President's name, though the Prime Minister is the one most associated with the town due to the summit of two years ago.
President urges push to rebuild L'Aquila two years on
Torchlit vigil to remember 309 killed on April 6, 2009

06 April, 13:41

(ANSA) - L'Aquila, April 6 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano called for renewed efforts to rebuild L'Aquila on a visit Wednesday marking the second anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the Abruzzo capital and surrounding towns, killing 309 and leaving thousands homeless.

"It is right to discuss the time frame for reconstruction and the prospects for solving problems," the president said amid demonstrations from those who are still without a home and a protest from the opposition Italy of Values party against the alleged slow pace of recovery.
http://ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/04/06/visualizza_new.html_1526561432.html
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The transit of immigrants to Italy is markedly higher due to the unrest in African countries in general. Italy had an agreement with Libya for coast patrols and repatriation but now Tunisia is the country asked to handle similar responsibilities.
Italy accord with Tunisia, repatriation for new immigrants
Tunisia refuses to take 20,000 already in Italy

06 April, 14:11

(ANSA) - Milan, April 6 - Italy's interior minister Roberto Maroni reached an accord with Tunisian officials to patrol its coasts and to accept swift repatriation of new arrivals on Lampedusa, the southern Italian island off the coast of Tunisia swamped in immigrant landings since the fall of Ben Ali's regime.

Tunisian leaders however refused to accept the mass repatriation of 20,000 immigrants - currently kept in centers throughout southern Italy - that landed on Lampedusa in the last three months.

Italian officials had pushed hard for mass repatriation over nine hours of intense negotiations.

Rome sent Tunis a list several days ago of a thousand names of immigrants Italy was ready to deport by air and sea, with airplanes and ships ready to be deployed.
http://ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/04/06/visualizza_new.html_1526558772.html
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Jun 13, 2011 5:01 pm

Prime Minister Berlusconi has some news to understand-voters used four referenda to let their opinions be known on the matters on the ballots. The results rejected the proposals and there are calls for Berlusconi to say "arrivederci" pronto.
Italian PM 'should resign' after referendum result
Four proposals rejected in 57% voter turnout

13 June, 18:48
(ANSA) - Rome, June 13 - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and his ministers should resign following their failure to block four nationwide referendums, centre-left opposition leader Pier Luigi Bersani said on Monday.

"At this point they should resign, hand over matters to the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and create a new situation," said Bersani, head of the Democratic Party.

Berlusconi suffered his second blow in two weeks as a quorum of voters turned out to reject four of the government's legislative proposals presented - two on the privatisation of water, one proposing a return to nuclear energy and a final proposal allowing the premier to miss trial hearings. http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/06/13/visualizza_new.html_818280594.html

The second time that I have seen the Italian President's name in the paper. He does not get the same kind of world attention as his prime minister. Russia's Prime Minister and President are a known tandem. Italy could take pointers from Russia.

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In other news, Berlusconi does not support the UN call to acknowledge a Palestine nation in September.

Berlusconi reiterates Italy opposes Palestine declaration
'Unilateral' solution cannot bring peace, says premier
13 June, 16:26

(ANSA) - Rome, June 13 - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi reiterated that Italy is opposed to the United Nations recognizing a Palestinian state at a General Assembly vote in September during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu here Monday.

''We don't think peace can come via a unilateral solution, neither by the Palestinian side nor by the Israeli side,'' Berlusconi told a press conference.

''The way to achieve peace is via negotiations''. Netanyahu is trying to muster international support against a resolution after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would seek recognition for a new state at the UN if peace talks remained deadlocked. On Monday Berlusconi offered to host fresh peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority at the Sicilian town of Erice after the last bout of formal negotiations broke down last year.
http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/06/13/visualizza_new.html_818310451.html
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby rodeorope on Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:05 pm

Italy's parliament began rushing through austerity measures demanded by the European Union to avert a euro zone meltdown, after U.S. President Barack Obama ratcheted up pressure for more dramatic action from the currency bloc.

Italy's Senate approved a new budget law, clearing the way for approval of the package in the lower house on Saturday and the formation

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/It ... story.html


Jail for Berlusconi seems unlikely, especially now that he is supposed to be resigning. Scandal after scandal cost him big time but jail time is iffy. I can't see them throwing him in jail. Maybe house arrest or community service would be more appropriate.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby smitty on Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:38 pm

Right after WWII & some years on that is when we begin to notice there were continual changes in the Govts to th leader.

So is this going to start again??????
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:01 pm

Items relevant to the political changes in Italy, as its economy is revealing itself to be more of a lean-to than a firm support. PM Berlusconi is about to exit the stage, along with his issues.

Austerity measures going through levels of government for approval:
http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/11/11/visualizza_new.html_640963570.html

A catchy graphic in today's Globe and Mail captured the situation of Italy: (to be posted later). Accompanying article mentions that Italy had 4 recessions in the last decade. And how did this not get EU attention earlier?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/italys-berlusconi-expected-to-quit-after-parliament-passes-reforms/article2234563/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/top-business-stories/what-separates-italy-from-greece-the-ionian-sea/article2230848/ Article heading showing a dry wit.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:28 am

The catchy graphic was actually seen in the National Post.
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"Learn Italian Economics in no time. From the publisher of the Learn Greek Economics in no time"--that is sharp wit for a current issue in the Euro currency region. :D :lol:

The relevant article discussing the state of Italy's economy over the past decade:
http://business.financialpost.com/tag/italy/

Back to the Lampedusa immigration over sea issue:
Migrants rescued south of Lampedusa
Group including new mother 'picked up in Malta waters'

11 November, 11:32

(ANSA) - Lampedusa, November 11 - The Italian Navy on Friday rescued a drifting dinghy with 44 North African migrants on board including a woman who had just given birth south of the stepping-stone island of Lampedusa, midway between Sicily and Africa.

The woman was helicoptered to a Sicilian hospital.

The dinghy, which was said to be "in precarious condition", was spotted by an Italian fishing boat some 55 nautical miles south of Lampedusa, in waters where Malta has jurisdiction for international rescue operations, the Navy said.
http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/11/11/visualizza_new.html_640992466.html
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby fishandchips on Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:17 pm

Where do enquiring minds obtain a copy of the book shown in the post above? We'll forget Berlusconi in time but the Italian public will probably keeps tabs on the man through his media empire and social sightings.

This weekend is a whirly one for Italy--which way is up for the economy.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:07 am

An article I read could have gone into Looking for Work thread but since a remark was attributed to former PM Berlusconi and some context given on the job scene reality in Italy, the link will go in this thread.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1087110--the-other-italy-debt-crisis-swells-the-ranks-of-the-poor
They are Italy’s invisible poor, unseen by tourists, ignored by the country’s fat-cat politicians and living in a reality that’s a far cry from former Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s description of an affluent country where “the restaurants are full.”

Or in the words of Francesa Zuccari, who runs a soup kitchen in Rome: “There is another city out there where people can’t get to the end of the month.”


But Italy’s prospects aren’t great either, particularly given its brain drain and policies that have pushed Italy’s underutilized youth even further to the margins.

A gerontocracy dominates Italy’s key professional posts, making workers even well into their 40s still considered up-and-coming. In the highest political circles, Monti is 68, Berlusconi is 75 and the president of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, is 86.

Many younger Italians in fields like medicine, science and technology leave for countries that have more professional opportunities and mobility.

And the prospects for those who have not left are eroding fast. The Bank of Italy this month reported that nearly one in four Italians under 30 — a total of 2.2 million people — neither study nor work.


What usually happens in countries where a signficant portion of the younger populace is without employment? Governments worry about restlessness and tend to have power struggles.
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Re: Italian Politics

Postby pretzels on Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:57 pm

Monti government to target privileged
New premier will look to those who've 'given less'

18 November, 17:16
(ANSA) - Rome, November 18 - New Premier Mario Monti said he would target privileged sections of Italian society as he tries to steer Italy out of its debt crisis after his emergency government became operative on Friday by winning a confidence vote in the House.

''We'll work so that the efforts in terms of taxes and modernization are asked of those groups who have given less up to now,'' the former European commissioner said after the second of two confidence votes his administration needed in parliament.

Monti stepped in to lead an emergency government of non-political experts tasked with implementing EU-mandated reforms after Silvio Berlusconi quit as premier last week, largely because the financial markets had lost faith in his centre-right government's ability to solve the crisis.

The measures Monti aims to pass measures to boost economic growth and cut a huge public debt of 120% of GDP, including spending cuts, state-asset sales, pension reforms, reintroducing a property tax dropped by Berlusconi and freeing up the labour market to help young people find jobs.
http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/11/18/visualizza_new.html_16782510.html


Monti wins second confidence vote
Premier vows to carry out 'almost impossible' task

18 November, 15:36
(ANSA) - Rome, November 18 - Premier Mario Monti on Friday won the second of two confidence votes needed to empower his new emergency reform executive to start moving Italy away from the heart of the eurozone debt crisis.

As in the Senate Thursday night, the vote in the House showed an overwhelming majority, with 556 ayes in the 630-seat chamber, most of the 61 nays coming from the regionalist Northern League, which vehemently opposes Monti.
http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/11/18/visualizza_new.html_16812266.html

That new Premier Monti has lots to do. Man, he will need everyone's help to get Italy "trim" again financially.
http://www.corriere.it/International/english/articoli/2011/11/17/homeowners-to-face-return-of-ici.shtml
Yesterday, there was news of protests in Italy over the economic situation.
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