Tell It To the Judge

Italy’s right-wing government has been moving to silence intellectuals through defamation lawsuits, and the latest example is a philosopher being sued by Prime Minister Georgia Meloni’s brother-in-law, according to the Guardian. The case centers on statements made in April 2023, when Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida, who...

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Unwelcome Guests

Italian lawmakers passed an amendment this week to allow anti-abortion activists to enter family planning clinics, a move that supporters hailed but the opposition and pro-choice advocates called a “heavy” blow to women’s rights, the Washington Post reported. The amendment is part of the right-wing government’s...

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The Masterful Player

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has been confronting twin crises. The first is low economic growth. The second involves the nearly 160,000 migrants arriving in the country’s Mediterranean waters last year, a 50 percent increase over 2022. Meanwhile, she has been confronting them far more...

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A Tragic Tally

Italians expressed outrage at the death of a young woman allegedly murdered by her former partner, a killing that prompted calls to address the issue of gender and domestic violence in the European country, Euronews reported. On Saturday, authorities found the body of Giulia Cecchettin, a...

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‘The Champagne Fascist’

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, an icon of the far-right in Europe, recently announced that she would separate from her longtime partner Andrea Giambruno, a television journalist. The split came two days after recordings of Giambruno’s “foul remarks and suggestive comments towards a female colleague” surfaced...

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Importing Tradition

The Italian region of Sardinia will import shepherds and farmers from Kyrgyzstan, a move aimed at addressing a declining population and preserving farming traditions on the Mediterranean island, Euronews reported Thursday. The local branch of the national farmers’ union, Coldiretti, recently announced it had struck a...

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The Big Cheese

Italian producers of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese are putting microchips in their products, as a part of an effort to fight copycats and enforce their dairy product’s protected status, CBS News reported. Parmigiano Reggiano – also known as parmesan – is one of the world’s...

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About-Face

The Italian government’s imposition of a one-off 40 percent windfall tax on its banking sector, to help first-time homebuyers and cut taxes for families and businesses, caused chaos in the European markets, CNN reported Wednesday. The announcement of the tax, which came earlier this week, caused...

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A Little Help

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is planning to add Venice to its list of endangered World Heritage sites, saying that the Italian city is deeply threatened by climate change, mass tourism, and urban development, the Washington Post reported. The designation will put...

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The Morning After

Italy is mulling leaving China’s Belt and Road Initiative, almost four years after it controversially became the only Group of Seven country to join it, Bloomberg reported. Defense Minister Guido Crosetto, a close ally of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, said in an interview Sunday that Italy...

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Welcome to the Future

Italy will spend nearly $30 million to help people develop their digital skills amid concerns that the growing trend toward the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technological advancements could threaten a large portion of the workforce, the Washington Post reported. Established in 2021, the...

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Mamma Mia!

The Italian government called a crisis meeting Thursday to address the spiking price of pasta in the country, where the staple is held as an integral part of the culture, the Washington Post reported. Adolfo Urso, Italy’s business enterprise minister, convened a meeting of a new...

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Prima l’Italia

Italian lawmakers are creating a bill that would ban the sale of lab-grown meat and other synthetic foods in the country, a proposal that supporters say aims to protect Italy’s culinary heritage, Forbes reported. The proposed legislation came after farming lobby groups collected half a million...

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