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As Italy Plunges Toward Elections, Others have their say

As Italy plunges toward national general elections March 4, the walkup offers plenty of occasions for Italians to see themselves as others see them, with no holds barred. Herewith a sampling of the international press.

Gruppo Italiano Table Talks at NYU's Casa Italiana

Biodiversity and the Role of the Italian Food Industry in the World. Gruppo Italiano Announces Inaugural “Table Talks” Event at NYU’s Casa Italiana

Last Polls and Guerrilla Posters - Two Weeks Before Elections

This is the last week before polling is prohibited, and in these last days the campaigning for general elections March 4 is both fraught and fragmented, with no fewer than 28 national parties facing off against each other.



Art Crime and Carabinieri

Art thefts in Italy are on the way down, and this week Carabinieri in Rome showed their latest recovered objects: 250 valuable antique nativity scene figures. Nevertheless, and despite thefts like the Al Thani jewels in Venice, art crimes in Italy have seriously dropped.

Ferrero buys Nestle's U.S.

Italy's brand Ferrero continues expanding aggressively, and has now closed a $2.8-billion deal for Nestle's US confectionary business, becoming the third biggest chocolate producer and confectionery company in the world.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Consulate General of Italy commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27th, by reading the names of Italian Jews who were deported from Italy on Monday 29th. In memory of the victims, the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, Centro Primo Levi, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Italian Academy at Columbia University, the Calandra Institute at CUNY, and La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi will host multiple educational programs concerning the ideologies that lead to the Holocaust, such as antisemitism.

Rubbish and Recycling

The holidays are over but not the outrage in Rome over the huge piles of rubbish, worse than ever after the Christmas season. The streets are littered, including in the historical center. This being the country that gave us Machiavelli, the rubbish also stinks of politics.

Italian Apparel Company wins Trademark Battle against Apple

Apple sues an Italian clothing company for the right to use the name Steve Jobs on whatever they please, and loses.

Italy in 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In trying to compile a list of the best and worst of Italy in 2017, the criteria is that both good, bad and ugly selections should reflect those happenings likely to bring lasting consequences.

Pricing the Pantheon: To Pay or not to Pay

By a new accord between church and state, visitors to the Pantheon in Rome will pay $2.35 for entry as of next May even though the former Roman temple is a church.

Looking Ahead, Nervously, to Political 2018

As the year winds down, Italy looks ahead nervously to political 2018, when national general elections may take place as early as March. The predicted three-way split is almost certain to make forming a new government a challenge.

Keeping from a Fall. The Colosseum

Its 7 million visitors this year make the Colosseum Italy's second most important tourist attraction, and the area open to visitors has been drastically expanded. Here we meet its newly appointed director Alfonsina Russo.

"The Italian Americans Don't Need a Commission to Evaluate Columbus"

With flags, scarves, and tri-colored handkerchiefs, approximately 50 members of Italian-American organizations took part in Saturday’s rally at Columbus Circle. The following day in Queens marked the first meeting of Mayor de Blasio’s commission aimed at examining “symbols of hate.” The great navigator, Christopher Columbus, found himself at the center of the controversy surrounding the Commission and its mission.
Angelino Alfano, incontra la comunità italiana di New York

Angelino Alfano, parla alla comunità italiana di New York

L'intervento del Ministro degli Esteri nel corso dell'incontro con la comunità italiana a New York

FICO Eataly World Opens in Bologna

Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti expands his brand of food halls in a big way. November 15th marked the grand opening of FICO Eataly World, a gastronomical and educational emporium dedicated to the tradition of Italian food. The park is located in Bologna, a city known for its rich cuisine.

Government, Unions Battle Over Boosting Age for Pensions

The increased longevity of Italians is behind the government's proposal to boost the pensionable age to 67 years. But Premier Gentiloni's cabinet is at loggerheads with the powerful unions over this, even as the labor market is also changing.

Italian Success Stories Awarded in Washington DC

What better time to honor individuals and companies upholding traditional Italian values than October - National Italian-American Heritage Month? On Saturday October 14, the 4th annual Premio Eccellenza Italiana award ceremony took place at Café Milano in Georgetown

Alitalia Flies to New Heights This Winter

At the start of its winter season, Alitalia gives a presentation at ENIT’s New York headquarters, highlighting new developments and enhancements. New Alitalia's Chief Commercial Officer, Fabio Maria Lazzerini, spoke about them focusing on the American market and luxury accommodations.

NIAF's 42nd Anniversary Gala Honoring the Region of Sicily

This past weekend the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) hosted its 42nd Anniversary Gala, at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C. A weekend-long celebration of Italian and Italian-American heritage, traditions, educational talks, food and entertainment with Sicily being the region of honor for this year. NIAF also saluted his President & COO John M. Viola, resigning from his role after six years of exceptional dedication.