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30-May-18 14:48. By | Comments (2)

Italy's Elections Updates

Almost three months have passed since the inconclusive elections which left Italy without a clear majority. Five Star Movement and the Northern League, the two parties which gained more than 50% of the vote between them in the elections on 4 March, have finally reached an agreement. 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini completed their review of the programme drawn up by party officials, which will be presented to President Sergio Mattarella.

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15-May-18 16:52. By | Comments (5)

Parma Ham Animal Cruelty Allegations

What is ham made out of? Pigs, of course! But are they treated like animals or like meat machines? Activists for pig welfare have often released videos of pigs kept in filthy and barren conditions. This time one of the most famous Italian ham producers: Parma Ham consortium was involved in animal cruelty accusations, as an undercover investigation found pigs kept in dire conditions at some of the farms that supply meat for Parma ham. Parma ham is one of Italy's most famous foods in Italy and abroad, with more than €1 billion euros of sales each year, producing about nine million legs of Parma ham a year and employing 50,000 people. This famous ham bears the EU's prestigious "protected designation of origin" label, which certifies food and drink that comes from a particular geographical area and is made according to long-established production techniques.

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15-May-18 16:49. By Bloomberg New Energy Finance | Comments (0)

Sales of new electric vehicles double in Italy

Whether it is for fashion or for ecological reasons, Italians are starting to embrace the concept of sustainability in food and transportation. According to data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, annual sales of new electric vehicles have doubled in Italy over the last four years. Between 2015 and 2017, quarter-on-quarter growth was on average 14 percent. The numbers are in line with the European average.

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15-May-18 16:45. By | Comments (0)

Cicciobello Morbillo controversy

Cicciobello Morbillo, the doll with measles, launched by manufacturer Giochi Preziosi has sparked controversy in Italy. The doll suffering from measles that can be cured with cream and plasters was disapproved of, by pro-vaccine medics who called for this latest edition of the popular doll, Cicciobello, to be withdrawn from the market. According to some doctors the toy risked trivializing a serious disease which in Italy saw a significant outbreak last year, causing four deaths, included a 41-year-old and three children aged one, six, and nine. None of the victims had been vaccinated.

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13-Apr-18 16:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

Rush to join the registry of Italians living abroad

Brexit is bringing out a hitherto submerged crowd of Italians living in England. The uncertainty related to the exit of Great Britain from the European Union is bringing tens of thousands of Italians, some resident for years, to want to regularise their position by joining the Aire, the Registry of Italians Residing Abroad. The numbers are increasing at such a pace that the Consulate General of London has overtaken Buenos Aires, becoming the first in the world by number of members and workloads.

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13-Apr-18 16:11. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (7)

1 euro can buy you a house in Sardegna?

Sardinia is giving away run-down houses in the countryside at 1 euro upon an investment of at least £20,000 on the properties. The town in question is Ollolai, which lies almost at the centre of Sardinia, a 110-mile drive north of the capital, Cagliari. In the town there are about 200 unused dwellings - some of them more than 200 years old. The new owners have to agree to commit about £20,000. The refurbishment would also need to be completed within the next three years.

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23-Feb-18 17:00. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (18)

Brain cancer breakthrough by Italian Team

Italians are often at the forefront of medical research but their ground-breaking results are often carried out abroad. The latest breakthrough was the discovery of the genetic alteration at the root of many forms of cancer, by the team led by the Italians Antonio Iavarone and Anna Lasorella at New York’s Columbia University. New progress in the personalised treatment of cancer was made by the discovery of the mechanism behind an important genetic alteration that causes a large percentage of cancers, including glioblastoma, the most aggressive and lethal type of brain tumour. This discovery will allow the testing of ‘targeted’ treatments to block its development.

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23-Feb-18 16:57. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (20)

Tourists love Italy

The just concluded year has been a year of records for Italian tourism. More than 50 million tourists visited Italy in 2017 generating €200 million in revenue, an increase of around 5 million visitors and €20 million from 2016. Italy is going against the trend in relation to the rest of Europe, because for the fourth consecutive year tourism recorded double-digit growth rates, especially in the southern regions.

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23-Feb-18 16:55. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

The growing "illegal" Italian economy

Confcooperative, an organisation representing Italian cooperatives, and Censis, a socio-economic research institute revealed in their last report that Italian illegal economy is growing fast. The report, entitled “Denied, irregular, drowned: The dark side of work” showed that between 2012 and 2015, legal employment fell by 2.1 percent, while the number of those working illegally in Italy soared by 6.3 percent.

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19-Jan-18 14:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

Eataly's new 40,000 sg ft venue in London

Good news for Italian food lovers: Eataly, the Italian food hall brand, is set to open a gigantic 40,000-square-feet venue in London’s Broadgate development this year. The news was reported by the Evening Standard but it’s difficult to put your finger on it, as many announcements have been made in the past regarding the opening of Eataly in London. Apparently, the “foodie theme park” will feature restaurants, shops and even professional lessons in preparing Italian dishes.

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