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Italy

2019

12

Feb

Populists angry as Italian-Egyptian becomes Italy’s Eurovision entry

An Italian singer has become the latest target of Italy’s populist government after winning the Sanremo song festival. Italian “Morocco-pop” singer Mahmood was also questioned about his nationality after his surprise win at this year’s festival. Alessandro Mahmoud, who performs under the name Mahmood, took first place on Saturday night with votes from a jury […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC , The Local

06

Feb

Husband of Italy’s first black minister to run for far-right party

The husband of MEP Cécile Kyenge’s has announced his candidacy for the next municipal elections in the Italian province of Modena. But unlike his wife, who became Italy’s first black minister under Enrico Letta’s government in 2013, Domenico Grispino has no inclination for centre-left politics. In a radio interview, he said he was joining the […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euro News , Euro News

25

Jan

Court in Italy rules Matteo Salvini should be tried for kidnapping

Italy’s deputy prime minister and interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is one step away from facing trial after a surprise court ruling determined that he be tried for kidnapping. In August, prosecutors in Agrigento, Sicily, placed Salvini, who is leader of the far-right party the League, under investigation for the alleged kidnapping and detention of 177 […]

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Country: Italy
Source: The Guardian

24

Jan

Italy evicts more than 500 people from refugee centre

More than 500 people are being ousted from a refugee reception centre in a town close to Rome in the first major eviction since Italy’s rightwing populist government enacted hardline immigration measures into law. Thirty people were evicted from the centre, the second-largest of its kind in Italy and the place where Pope Francis washed […]

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Country: Italy
Source: The Guardian

22

Jan

Italy’s Di Maio repeats attack on French policies in Africa

Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday reiterated that France’s policies in Africa were creating poverty and causing migration, hours after France summoned the Italian ambassador to Paris to protest his assertions. “France is one of those countries that by printing money for 14 African states prevents their economic development and contributes to the […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Euro News , Reuters

15

Jan

Rome mayor, Catholic Church in row over Trevi Fountain coins

The mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, has decided to take control of the 1.5 million euros ($1.7m) that tourists toss into the Italian capital city’s iconic Trevi Fountain while making a wish. The decision has triggered a dispute between the city council and the Roman Catholic Church since the money so far was used by a […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Haber Türk , Aljazeera

14

Jan

Italian school suspends Arabic and Islamic courses amid reaction from central-right

The Arabic and Islamic courses planned to be taught in a school in northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region were suspended after receiving reaction from anti-immigrant and central-right parties, local media outlets reported Saturday. Emilia-Romagna Regional Assembly Member of the ruling anti-immigration League party Stefano Bargi and a deputy from the party, Guglielmo Golinelli opposed the course […]

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Country: Italy
Source: BBC , Daily Sabah

08

Jan

Salvini illegally wears police and fire service badges

Italy takes its dress code as a matter of permanent national priority. Each profession has its own official or de facto uniform. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has chosen to defy the code by wearing shirts with police or fire service insignia. He says this is a sign of his support for the respective forces. […]

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Country: Italy
Source: TRT Haber , BBC

08

Jan

Italian government rift over fate of 49 people stuck on rescue ships

A rift has opened within Italy’s populist coalition government over the fate of 49 people who remain stranded at sea in the Mediterranean onboard two private rescue ships. Thirty-two of them are onboard the German NGO rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, which has been at sea for 17 days after Italy and Malta refused it permission […]

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Country: Italy
Source: En Son Haber , The Guardian

08

Jan

Italian leaders back French yellow vest protesters

Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio also offered to help yellow vest protestors organise. The two leaders of Italy’s ruling populist coalition on Monday threw their support behind the “yellow vest” protesters in neighbouring France. “Yellow vests, do not weaken!” Deputy Prime Minister Di Maio, who heads the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), wrote in a […]

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Country: Italy
Source: Haber Türk , The Local