A study of eight million tweets showed what foreigners are talking about when it comes to Italy. From tourism to politics. Balotelli (Italian football player - author's note), Capri island, Berlusconi and pizza: such Italy is seen by foreigners in a line of 140 characters. On Twitter, the world talks about Italy, and the most talked about topic is sports (40% of utterances), followed by tourism (15%) and politics (8%).
The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has been accused of appointing beautiful women, who, incidentally, occupy 50% of the Cabinet, like Silvio Berlusconi. Despite his marital status, Matteo Renzi was sharply criticized because of his bizarre methods of selecting candidates for ministerial positions: many believe that the politician chooses exclusively young and beautiful women, as his predecessor Silvio Berlusconi once did.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will urgently need to tighten his knowledge of the English language after having gained over two million views on YouTube in a video with his speech in Shakespeare. After Matteo Renzi exchanged the mayor of Florence for the post of Prime Minister of Italy, he had to seriously work to improve his knowledge of English.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi once again found himself in an extremely sensitive situation, saying that the Germans refused to recognize the existence of concentration camps during World War II. “According to the Germans, concentration camps never existed,” Silvio Berlusconi said with confidence during his speech in Milan, where he represented candidates from his Forza, Italia party in the elections in European Parliament.
Silvio Berlusconi once again hit the public on Tuesday, comparing his opponent in the European Parliament elections with Hitler. Speaking in the evening television show Mattino Cinque, the former prime minister compared the leader of the Five Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, with a number of historical characters.
On Tuesday, an Italian court ruled on the case of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. For violation of tax laws, a millionaire sentenced to a year of corrective labor Berlusconi will have to comply with curfews, as well as limit their movement around the country. The humiliating situation for the 77-year-old politician, who has already been expelled from parliament and has been banned from participating in elections for the next six years.
Not so long ago, the Eternal City met American President Barack Obama, and today Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on the streets of the Italian capital. Despite the fact that the land of wine and sun has long been forgotten, which means the rule of the royal family, an honored guest in Rome was greeted with bread and salt.
Sixty-four politicians representing the Lombardia Regional Council, one of the richest regions in the country, were charged with wasting about 2.14 million euros in the budget, which went to buy expensive wine and caviar. Another scandal erupted again over the heads of Italian politicians.
Matteo Renzi’s new project has attracted fierce support from ordinary Italians, for whom premium cars look like a symbol of government corruption and squandering. One of the most hated symbols of the Italian political class is glossy expensive government cars, which officials drive comfortably while the rest of the residents hardly experiencing a severe economic crisis.
United States President Barack Obama is going to Rome on a business visit. The head of state should arrive in the Eternal City on Wednesday evening, but local authorities have already thrown all their strength and resources so that the American president does not remain disappointed, and that nothing threatens the security of an important guest.
The independence of Veneto, the freedom of Venice ... to be or not to be? While the world's largest politicians argued about the events taking place in Crimea, a referendum for independence was held in Veneto. Throughout the past week, starting from Sunday March 16, a service was operating on the Internet with the help of which the Venetians “voted” for autonomy from Rome.
March 16, a referendum on independence will be held not only in Crimea, but also in Venice. However, the role model for the Venetians was rather Scotland and Catalonia. Voting will begin on Sunday as part of a referendum on the separation of Venice and its environs from the rest of Italy in order to restore the status of a sovereign state with a thousand-year history.
Italian politicians really appreciate the threat from a possible conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Italian Foreign Ministry urged residents to avoid travel to Ukraine. Today, the historical connection between Ukraine and sunny Italy is almost forgotten. For the first time, students learn about it through classes devoted to the Renaissance.
On Saturday, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano appointed Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who became the youngest chairman of the Council of Ministers of the country. The leader of the Democratic Party arrived at the official ceremony with his wife and daughter, who were dressed in the colors of the Italian flag.
Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, injured his leg while playing with his beloved pet: the charming Dudu. The scandalous politician decided to tell all the details about the incident at a meeting with his supporters, participants in the not so long ago revived movement “Forza Italia”.
Italy's Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, Nunzia De Girolamo, said she would resign after being accused of abuse of authority and corruption. According to some sources, De Girolamo used her ministerial position for personal purposes, appointing her people to various posts in the ministry.
Pope Francis intends to open part of the secret archives of the Vatican during the Holocaust in order to find out what role the Catholic Church played in the mass destruction of an entire nation. According to the American publication The Sunday Times, such information was provided to reporters by a close friend of the Pope, Argentine rabbi Abraham Skorka.
Legalization of marijuana: to be or not to be? A bold bill was introduced by Luigi Manconi (Democratic Party of Italy). League reaction: “Now let's prostitution as well” Some say that this is the way to legalize hard drugs. Others are convinced that hemp is no more harmful to health than alcohol or cigarettes.
According to the media in Italy and the Vatican, Pope Francis intends to make his first trip to the Holy Land. In late spring, namely from May 24 to 26, the pontiff plans to visit Jerusalem in May, as well as Bethlehem and the capital of Jordan, Amman. This was also stated by the Pope during his Sunday address: "I want to announce that from May 24 to May 26, with God's help, I will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land."
Pier Luigi Bersani, who was at the helm of the Democratic Party of Italy until April 2013, was urgently hospitalized on Sunday in an extremely difficult situation. The day before yesterday morning, a 62-year-old politician himself appeared in a local hospital in the city of Piacenza complaining of poor health, and in particular, a severe headache.
The Italian parliament passed a law that makes it impossible for Google to sell advertising in the country through its branches in other regions of Europe. According to experts and analysts, this decision is Italy’s first step towards legal schemes that will allow companies to reduce the number and volume of tax payments.