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Jun 14, 2013

Italian island jail hosts high-end vineyard

GORGONA ISLAND, Italy, June 14 (Reuters) – High on a
hillside overlooking the azure sea on a small Mediterranean
island, two brawny men toil under the sun in a vineyard that has
just released a 50-euro ($66) wine destined for the tables of
top restaurants.

This is not an exclusive wine estate or secluded retreat for
the rich, despite the tranquil beauty. It is, rather, the
residence of men serving long sentences for some of Italy’s most
notorious and brutal crimes, on an island named after monstrous
sisters in Greek mythology with snakes for hair.

Jun 12, 2013

Italy’s overcrowded prisons close to collapse

ROME (Reuters) – Gazing at the glories of Rome from its best viewpoint on the Janiculum Hill, the cluster of old buildings immediately below and to the left look like yet another of the Holy City’s hundreds of churches.

The reality is less romantic.

The buildings are the historic Regina Coeli or Queen of Heaven jail – a long, long way from paradise for prisoners crammed inside in conditions which even senior Italian officials say have made Italy’s prisons a national disgrace.

May 7, 2013

Insight: Italy came to brink before being saved by “King George”

ROME (Reuters) – On Saturday April 20, the leaders of Italy’s two biggest political forces climbed the Quirinal, highest of Rome’s seven ancient hills, and begged President Giorgio Napolitano to stay for a second term.

Pier Luigi Bersani and Silvio Berlusconi were followed into the presidential palace by outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti, Northern League boss Roberto Maroni and finally the governors of Italy’s regions, in scenes that resembled schoolboys visiting the headmaster’s office.

May 7, 2013

Italy came to brink before being saved by “King George”

ROME, May 7 (Reuters) – On Saturday April 20, the leaders of
Italy’s two biggest political forces climbed the Quirinal,
highest of Rome’s seven ancient hills, and begged President
Giorgio Napolitano to stay for a second term.

Pier Luigi Bersani and Silvio Berlusconi were followed into
the presidential palace by outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti,
Northern League boss Roberto Maroni and finally the governors of
Italy’s regions, in scenes that resembled schoolboys visiting
the headmaster’s office.

Apr 29, 2013

Analysis: Italy’s politics turned upside down by election aftermath

ROME (Reuters) – Five months ago, Silvio Berlusconi was in steep decline and his party was in shambles. His center-left enemies looked triumphant and sat on a 15-point opinion poll lead.

Today that situation has turned 180 degrees. The center-left is devastated by divisions and the 76-year-old media tycoon has an opinion poll lead ranging from five to eight points.

Apr 29, 2013

Italy’s politics turned upside down by election aftermath

ROME (Reuters) – Five months ago, Silvio Berlusconi was in steep decline and his party was in shambles. His centre-left enemies looked triumphant and sat on a 15-point opinion poll lead.

Today that situation has turned 180 degrees. The centre-left is devastated by divisions and the 76-year-old media tycoon has an opinion poll lead ranging from five to eight points.

Apr 25, 2013

Italy crisis close to an end but problems not over

ROME (Reuters) – Months of paralysing political deadlock seem close to an end in Italy with a new government possible by early next week, but there are many questions over how long the stability can last.

Centre-left deputy leader Enrico Letta, 46, on Wednesday accepted a mandate from President Giorgio Napolitano to form a broad-based coalition government, which is expected to be a mix of technocrats and politicians.

Apr 24, 2013

Analysis: Italy crisis close to an end but problems not over

ROME (Reuters) – Months of paralyzing political deadlock seem close to an end in Italy with a new government possible by early next week, but there are many questions over how long the stability can last.

Center-left deputy leader Enrico Letta, 46, on Wednesday accepted a mandate from President Giorgio Napolitano to form a broad-based coalition government, which is expected to be a mix of technocrats and politicians.

Apr 24, 2013

Italy president names centre-left’s Letta as new premier

ROME, April 24 (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Wednesday asked centre-left deputy leader Enrico
Letta to form a new government, signalling the end of a damaging
two-month vacuum since elections in the euro zone’s third
largest economy in January.

The prime minister designate is expected to quickly select a
group of ministers, mixed between politicians and technocrats,
under the guidance of Napolitano, whose own unprecedented
re-election last weekend opened the way for an end to the
crisis.

Apr 24, 2013

Italy president calls centre-left official Letta

ROME, April 24 (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Wednesday asked centre-left deputy leader Enrico
Letta to form a new government, signalling the end of a damaging
two-month vacuum since elections in the euro zone’s third
largest economy in January.

The prime minister designate is expected to quickly select a
group of ministers, mixed between politicians and technocrats,
under the guidance of Napolitano, whose own unprecedented
re-election last weekend opened the way for an end to the
crisis.

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      "I am the Editor or cluster chief in charge of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece. I have previously worked all over the world in a long career with Reuters which has taken me from Asia to the United States. My positions have included Americas production editor, World Desk editor, Middle East Editor and Africa editor. I recently planned our multi-media coverage of the soccer World Cup in South Africa and reported extensively on the tournament and its impact on the continent. I will be based in Rome from November"
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