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  • Premier-Designate Mario Monti is often described in the media as Super Mario or Sober Mario. His government has had the support of banks, universities and the Roman Catholic Chruch
  • Letizia Moratti and Giuliano Pisapia before the incumbent Mayor's faux pas
    Facts & Stories
    Alice Bonvicini(May 12, 2011)
    On the Eve of the Italian local elections, Letizia Moratti, the Berlusconian mayoral candidate in Milan, slanders his opponent. A few hours later New York City is covered with posters of her face
  • Italian President Giorgio Napolitano refused to sign the bill on fiscal federalism, with comments that it was “unreceivable,” poorly drafted and generic. For Berlusconi the bill was a promise he had to keep, not least because Bossi, the head of the Northern League and the prime sponsor of federalism, is the beleaguered Premier’s sole remaining ally in government. To many, the rebuff showed that the government itself has come to a screeching halt
  • In a recent article New York Times reporter Michael Kimmelman asked the bizarre question “Is Italy Too Italian?” suggesting that Italy is so tradition bound, insular and lacking in upward mobility that it risks to sink in a “gradual, grinding decline". We actually find that “Magical Italy,” the “storia, cultura ed arte", is being left to rot and ruin: the country is doing its best to shoot itself in the foot, fast, beginning with a sickening neglect of its greatest single and unique strength, its deep culture. Maybe the question we should ask ourselves is “Is Italy believing too much in magic, at the expense of common sense?”

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