INSIDER NEWSDESK

FLORENCE - Maurizio Sguanci, the mayor of one of the five administrative districts of Florence and a representative of the Pd, has landed himself at the heart of a social-media storm after making controversial comments on Facebook regarding the country former fascist leader, Benito Mussolini. Mussolini ruled the country between 1922 and 1945, dismantling Italian democracy in favour of his own dictatorship.

15 Jan 2018
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ROME - The convicted murderer 55 year-old mafioso Stefano Ganci has died in a hospital in Palma of a heart attack, according to police sources. Police chief Renato Cortese has ordered that his body be denied a public funeral, and following an autopsy, be returned to Palermo.

11 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - The Italian Insider spoke to Cinzia Bianco, senior researcher at the Euro Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) about the motivation and possible consequences of increasing the Italian military presence Libya, Niger, and Tunisia. To read more about the background of the situation, please click here

Could you comment on Italy’s plans to put more troops in Libya 
and Tunisia?

10 Jan 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - The Council of Transportation has issued a warning that Atac bus services in Rome are at risk as internal conflicts may lead to “corporate bankruptcy or special administration.”

While multiple transport strikes have taken place in Rome in the past months, whether or not Atac reaches an agreement with its employees is reaching breaking point.

“As early as January 27th there would be a risk of blocking the service," warns the statement. For those in Rome, be mindful of possible delays and cancellations.

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10 Jan 2018
Gianfranco Nitti

FLORENCE- The most promising names on Finland’s new fashion scenario are the stars of the Guest Nation project sponsored by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery during Pitti Immagine Uomo 93 this week.

 Eight Finnish brands and designers have been chosen to present their collections in the special area of the Spazio Carra (Main Pavilion – Lower Level) of the Fortezza da Basso, and also during an event in town during Pitti Uomo.

10 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - The NGOs Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee have appealed for more rescue vessels on the Mediterranean, saying “fewer rescue boats means more deaths to mourn.” The call came following the deaths of at least 8 migrants in the first shipwreck of 2018.

9 Jan 2018
INSIDER NEWSDESK

ROME - The eternal city, and the Sicilian capital Palermo, recorded the highest temperatures for January for the last 40 years Monday. The Epson Weather Centre released figures showing Rome’s winter heat totaling 19.6 degrees, and Palermo as boasting a warm 24.1 degrees.

 The centre also said that the minimum figures were 17 and 18.8 degrees respectively, the highest of the last 20 years. In comparison to the snow-ridden northern tip of Italy, the Roman January has been kind to its residents.

9 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - "I am absolutely and intimately convinced that I can win the election” said Former Prime Minister and Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi as he shared his hopes that his coalition will earn 45 percent of the vote.

This is not an unreasonable claim as individual parties garnered close to 37 percent of the nation's support in some polls.

9 Jan 2018
KONRAD VAN HALEWYN

ROME - Italy has announced plans to increase the number of troops in Libya and Tunisia. The plans follows the recent announcement that 470 soldiers will be sent to Niger in order to tackle the issue of human trafficking.

 The mission, like that in Niger, will be to stabilise the region. Italy has a clear vested interest in a safer and economically viable Libya, one that can wield the rule of law with greater authority and hopefully reduce Libya’s role as a gateway into Europe.

9 Jan 2018

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