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02-Jun-14 13:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (8)

2014 European Elections - Results from Italy

The European elections have just concluded and Italy, as usual, surprised everyone. Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime minister and leader of the PD (centre left party) was the “champion of Europe”, as the newspaper “Le Monde defined him. The Italian newspaper “Il fatto quotidiano” commented that the day of the Italian European elections, the 25th of May officially opened the Renzi’s era and closed the Berlusconi’s one. According to many commentators, Renzi’s victory manifested a need for political stability and a political representation for moderates awaiting modernization.

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02-Jun-14 13:05. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Corruption investigation Milan 2015 Expo Contract

Seven managers and ex-members of parliament have been arrested over the alleged attempts to influence public tenders for Milan’s Expo 2015. Milan prosecutors are investigating about 180 million Euros in building contracts awarded for Expo 2015, which is expected to give a boost to Milan’s economy.

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16-May-14 13:53. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Tourism boost for Italy

After years of decline Italian tourism is now facing a small increase. According to official data the year 2013 ended with an increase (+3.1%) of foreign tourists in Italy compared to the previous year, with a total amount of €33.064 billion spent in the country. The data confirms the positive trend reported in 2012. The growth was generated by the increase in international tourism inbound (+3.1%) and a decrease of outbound (-1%).

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07-May-14 16:48. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Cibus Food Fair Parma 5th-8th May 2014

“Cibus”, international food trade fair, takes place in Parma from the 5th to the 8th of May 2014. The 17th “Cibus Food Fair” is reserved for national and international professionals of the food industry. This year a record number of exhibitors have signed up including small and medium size firms as well as famous brands.

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07-May-14 16:45. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Austerity hitting organised crime profits?

It has been reported that the Mafia is apparently going through a “spending review”, causing serious discontent within the organization. If you imagine the typical mafia boss with family members and hangers-on this might not be the casa anymore, at least for less important bosses.

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07-May-14 16:39. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy for Sale?

Italy is for sale! Not really… but the Demanio, the public agency that manages Italian state properties has put on an online auction five prestigious properties and other forty ordinary ones. The virtual auction block for bids is due in by May the 6th. Historic Italian sites will be sold off to fill Italian state coffers in order to obey to the EU austerity rules.

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23-Apr-14 13:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Salone del Mobile 2014 trends

Kitchens have now taken on the “status indicator” connotation that sitting room furniture had previously enjoyed. Modernity and technology remain insuperable goals for this deeply functional space. There was also some attention to vintage details, as in the large sink in Giuseppe Bavuso’ s “Soul” composition for Ernestomeda, immediately “compensated for” by the innovative door lacquering technique, using deposits of ceramic microspheres, and the Austrian Team7’s use of solid wild walnut and Venetian oak, teamed with concrete worktops. Kitchens for 2014 are both rigorous and luxurious. Formerly unacceptable expenses of material have become increasingly important choices, including precious woods, scratch- and stain-proof treatments for metals, marble, and rare stones.

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23-Apr-14 13:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

“Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi…”

“Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi…” was once the saying of the Bel paese, but this saying seems to be quite dated now because a large number of Italians can’t afford holidays anymore. The crisis caused a radical change in the habits of Italians in terms of holidays and food. More than 8 out of 10 Italians spent Easter 2014 at home and 24% of them didn’t buy the “Colomba” or Easter eggs, symbol of the festivity. Italians are foodies and don’t give up food so easily! Five million Italians, the highest number since the end of World War II, prepared their Easter food by themselves at home.

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03-Apr-14 10:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Green economy Italian style

More than 3 million people already work in the green economy sector. Export and innovation are the main characteristics of the green economy Italian style. In the manufacturing sector exportations reached 42% while in the non green they were 25,4. In a time of crisis a significant number of these companies increased their turnover. Italy ranks at the top in the agriculture machines sector because it produces the cheapest machineries which allow a reduced use of plant protection products.

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03-Apr-14 10:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Future generations to be deprived of learning about the history of Italian art?

Paolo Campana, creator of the blog “Bloggokin”, realised some provocative slogans, associated to famous art masterpieces, to make us reflect on the impact of the reduction of the teaching of history of art in Italian schools. For example “The girl with a pearl earring” by Vermeer might be called in the feature “The girl with the hair band”, as people won’t have any idea of what it is, and why it is famous, because art won’t be taught at schools anymore.

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