ROME (Reuters) – In the land of Niccolo Machiavelli, it is perhaps unsurprising that the Italian parliament should be riven by intrigue, treachery and double-dealing.
But even by the standards of the cunning Renaissance diplomat, the current legislature has set a new benchmark for political machinations, with more than a fifth of all parliamentarians changing party affiliation in just two years.
ROME (Reuters) – Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino has said he will hand back 20,000 euros (14,737 pounds) he had claimed as expenses for official meals after allegations that he had used city money to wine and dine his family and friends.
It is the latest scandal to rock the increasingly isolated mayor and comes as Rome is struggling to prepare for the forthcoming Roman Catholic Holy Year that is expected to bring millions of visitors to the trouble-plagued city.
ROME (Reuters) – Forza Italia, the center-right party of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was hit by a wave of desertions on Wednesday, raising questions about its political future.
Eight Forza Italia parliamentarians, including an ex-minister, announced they were leaving the group just days after two other party heavyweights said they were quitting.
ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s ruling party patched up its internal divisions and reached agreement on a contested reform of Italy’s upper house of parliament on Wednesday, meaning it is likely to pass into law.
However, hoping to derail a bill that Renzi says is vital to the future of his government, the opposition Northern League party presented a record 82 million amendments — a maneuver which will complicate and possibly prolong the debate.
ROME (Reuters) – One migrant is reviled, suspected of killing an elderly couple in Sicily; another has been hailed as a hero, killed after trying to prevent an armed robbery at a supermarket in Naples.
The twin tragedies have shaken Italy, struggling in the face of a massive influx of migrants, and touched off a fierce political debate, with opposition parties accusing the government of doing too little to protect ordinary people.
ROME/MILAN, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Italian energy group Eni
said on Sunday it had discovered the largest known gas
field in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast, predicting
the find could help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades to come.
The Italian major said in a statement the offshore “Zohr”
field could hold 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, covering an area
of about 100 square kilometres (60 square miles).
Dirty and disorganised, Rome is once more in decline.
City hall is paralysed by allegations of Mafia infiltration, basic services are in tatters, the main airport is partially closed, and wild cat strikes have frayed an already ropey public transport network.
ROME, July 15 (Reuters) – Dirty and disorganised, Rome is
once more in decline.
City hall is paralysed by allegations of Mafia infiltration,
basic services are in tatters, the main airport is partially
closed, and wild cat strikes have frayed an already ropey public
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic fell ill and was taken to hospital ahead of the opening of his trial on Saturday for alleged child sex offences, a Vatican official said.
Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and “apostolic nuncio”, or Vatican ambassador, in Santo Domingo, is accused of paying boys to perform sexual acts, of downloading and buying paedophile material, and offending Christian morality.