John Phillips

 ROME – Matteo Renzo is fighting to restore Italy’s special rapport with Ankara but remains outmanouvred by French President Francois Hollande’s wily diplomacy,  commentators say.

 “The Turkish friend betrays Renzi with Hollande,” the leading Fatto Quotidiano newspaper said, “by now the privileged relationship that the Muslim President (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) had with Berlusconi has eclipsed.”

13 Dec 2014

ROME – Officials at La Sapienza university have strongly denied charges that allowing the new Rector's son to break the rules in a university exam amounted to nepotism.

 Former Rector of La Sapienza University, Luigi Frati, earned notoriety after a series of discoveries dubbed “parentopoli” revealed that during his time as Rector at La Sapienza he hired not only his wife but also his son and daughter to work at the university.

9 Dec 2014

ROME – He claimed to be a Kenyan diplomat in charge of hiring staff for the FAO, but in reality he was a conman with a long track record of similar tricks in Italy.

 The 47 year old Kenyan man earned the trust of a fellow countrywoman and told her he would be able to find work for her inside the FAO - he could even find a job for her friend too. The two women were taken in by his convincing manner and stylish clothes. However, when he asked them for 800 euros each in order to pay for insurance the women became suspicious.

9 Dec 2014
ASIA COLOMBO Education reporter

ROME - Luiss Rector Massimo Egidi considers good managers the best politicians and what once was seen as Confindustria's university now moulds a constellation of future parliamentary leaders. 

 Amongst the university’s alumni are several influential politicians, including Political Science graduates Rosy Bindi, current President of the Antimafia Commission, and Alessandro Cagli, Public Affairs Director at Ferrero and former MEP.

5 Dec 2014
Hannah McIntyre

BRUSSELS – A Petitions Committee in the European parliament on Monday urged a re-examination of discriminatory laws against foreign lecturers working in Italy, (lettori).

1 Dec 2014
Patrick Browne


TURIN – Jean-Charles Hue’s film Mange Tes Morts and Hungarian Gabor Reisz’s comedy For Some Inexplicable Reason won best film and special jury awards at the Turin Film festival.

The Turin Film festival is deemed by many movie buffs to be the most important in Italy after Venice. The city's iconic building, the Mole Antonelliana, hosts the 35,000 square-foot  National Museum of Cinema. The festival began 32 years ago to give new impetus to the cultural life of the Piedmontese capital.

1 Dec 2014
Insider reporters

ROME - Kuwaiti Parliament Speaker Marzouk Al-Ghanim and Ambassador  Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah opened Kuwait’s dazzling Roma Verso Expo exhibit at Leonardo da Vinci Airport this week.

“We are proud that this exhibit is in the centre of an international airport where it can be visited by hundreds of thousands of passengers,” H.E. the Kuwaiti Ambassador said.

 “We hope that you passengers who come here will be attracted to come to Kuwait.”

27 Nov 2014
Hannah McIntyre

ROME – Dr Sarah Al Rakayan outlined Kuwait’s plans to combat an ever-changing food culture at a panel at FAO’s international conference on nutrition this week.

 Dr Al Rakayan, a researcher at Roma Tre University and Consort of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Italy, H.E. Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, reflected in her speech on the changes recent years have brought.

21 Nov 2014
ROME -Juan José Toha, the Chilean Socialist leader's nephew central to an FAO nepotism scandal, evidently has left the agency a year after Italian insider disclosed the affair, FAO sources say.
 It was not immediately clear whether Toha came under pressure to leave but his continuing presence as FAO Latin American communications officer in Santiago was an embarrassment to FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva as he gears up for re-election next year for another term at the helm of the troubled humanitarian organisation, the sources said.
19 Nov 2014