ROME (Reuters) – Widespread publicity around primary elections helped lift Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party to its highest approval rating in nearly two years, putting it in an even stronger position ahead of a national vote, a poll showed on Tuesday.
The Democratic Party (PD), the dominant movement in a centre-left bloc, now looks set to lead the next government after the national vote expected in March.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – It’s official. Pope Benedict’s handle on Twitter will be @pontifex.
He already has 1.2 billion “followers” in the standard sense of the word but next week he will have another type when he enters what for any 85-year old is the brave new world of Twitter.
ROME (Reuters) – Pier Luigi Bersani won a run-off primary election by a huge margin on Sunday to become the Italian centre-left candidate for prime minister in national elections early next year.
In his victory speech, Bersani promised to tackle Italy’s economic crisis and high unemployment if elected and said his Democratic Party would have to win by telling Italians “the truth, not fairy tales” about the grave situation.
ROME (Reuters) – Pier Luigi Bersani was seen winning a run-off primary on Sunday by a huge margin to become the Italian center-left’s candidate for prime minister in national elections next spring, according to an exit poll.
He has said repeatedly he would stick to the tough budget commitments made by technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti to Italy’s European partners but seek to soften the impact on workers and the poor and put more emphasis on economic growth.
ROME, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Several million Italians voted in a
run-off primary election on Sunday to choose the centre-left
candidate for prime minister in next spring’s national
The contest will decide whether Pier Luigi Bersani, 61, or
Matteo Renzi, 37, stands for the Democratic Party (PD) against a
still-to-be-chosen centre-right candidate to take over from
Prime Minister Mario Monti.
ROME (Reuters) – The two finalists in a primary to choose the centre-left candidate for prime minister in next year’s Italian elections face judgement day on Sunday in a run-off primary after a bitter campaign.
The contest will decide whether Pier Luigi Bersani, 61, or Matteo Renzi, 37, stand in national elections early next year against a still-to-be-chosen centre-right candidate to take over from Prime Minister Mario Monti.
ROME (Reuters) – Part of the wall of a house in the ancient city of Pompeii collapsed on Friday, raising fresh concerns about the state of one of the world’s most treasured archaeological sites.
Officials said the wall was part of a 2,000-year-old house on the Vicolo del Modesto, in a section of the site that had already been declared off limits to the public for safety reasons.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican hailed the United Nations’ implicit recognition of a Palestinian state on Thursday and called for an internationally guaranteed special status for Jerusalem, something bound to irritate Israel.
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s observer status at the United Nations from “entity” to “non-member state,” the same status as the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican has cracked down on a prominent Austrian Roman Catholic priest who has been leading a disobedience campaign to openly challenge Roman Catholic teachings on celibacy and women priests.
The Vatican said on Thursday it had stripped Father Helmut Schueller of the right to use title monsignor and said he also was no longer a “Chaplain of His Holiness”. Schueller remains a priest.
And so it came to pass that in the eighth year of Pope Benedict’s reign, some tabloid and social media decreed that he had cancelled Christmas.