ROME - The European Commission has announced that Italy’s economic recovery is expected to slow down in the coming years. Italy has had significant growth in the first half of 2017, and the nation's GDP has grown 0.6 percent beyond expectations made in the summer, but this high level will not be sustained without end. By contrast, the EU economy as a whole is beating projections made earlier this year.
VENICE - Cruise ships are no longer allowed to dock outside the historic St Mark’s Square, but will have to land in the less beautiful spot of Marghera.
The move has been decided in Rome by a committee for Venetian strategy after six years of controversial discussions. It has been debated by those who support tourism, and those who have feared for the safety of the landmark Palazzo Ducale, as the cruise ships sail by only a few meters away.
MESSINA - The first arrest has been made in Sicily of the local politicians the M5S branded “unpresentable, ” as the new regional deputy of Messina, Cateno De Luca, was put under house arrest by financial police on suspicion of promoting significant tax evasion of around 1.75 million euros.
PARIS - The Assyrian Nimrud bull, destroyed by Isis in March 2015, has been recreated by the cultural heritage thinktank Incontro di Civiltà under the leadership of Francesco Rutelli, former Mayor of Rome. It has been unveiled at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
ROME - Italy and India are flirting with the idea of deepening economic ties. The Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, travelled to New Delhi to visit Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, in a symbolic show of unity after diplomatic relations cooled following the 2012 incident off Kerala. To those of us without rose-tinted glasses, money talks. There is certainly a lot to be talked about between the two nations who wish to expand their 8.8 billion dollar bilateral trade in the coming years.
SALERNO - Two men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of 26 Nigerian young women and girls who drowned in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean. The two men, 30 year-old Libyan Al Mabrouc Wisam Harar and 22 year-old Egyptian Mohamed Ali Al Bouzid, are believed to have chartered the boat and have been charged with human trafficking.
ROME - Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of Rome, has visited Auschwitz concentration camp. This follows the incident last month where Lazio fans stuck anti-Semitic stickers to the walls of the Olympic stadium in Rome, bearing the image of Anne Frank wearing a Roma jersey.
ROME - Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan will be performing at the Parco della Musica Auditorium this April. Dylan has been a widely celebrated American singer-songwriter for decades. He became a household name through his inspirational music recorded in the 1960s during the Civil Rights Movement.