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  • Sep 17, 2014
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Italian economy minister calls S&P rating cut ‘backward'

Italian Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni criticised Standard & Poor’s cut to its rating on Italy, saying it failed to take account of recent government measures to boost growth. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Italian banking federation, Saccomanni said ratings decisions on sovereign debt risked being based on outdated information and creating unwanted pro-cyclical effects.

Thursday, 11 July, 2013, 12:56am

IMF tells Italy: press reforms, create youth jobs

The International Monetary Fund has pressed Italy to do more about “unacceptably high” unemployment, especially among young people and women, and urged it to bring back an unpopular property tax whose return could threaten the survival of Premier Enrico Letta’s coalition government.

5 Jul 2013 - 2:19pm

‘Dear Italy, I have left, but would return if...’

As thousands of Italians leave the country to look for work elsewhere, one young journalist’s blog claims to offer “a megaphone for this generation,” a voice to all those who profess to be ready to return “if...”.

25 Jun 2013 - 11:55am

Italian convict island is home to growing concern

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 (HK$515) wine destined for the tables of top restaurants.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:32am

Mafia-victim sandwiches bring 'bad taste' protest

Italy has complained to Austrian authorities about a Vienna pub selling sandwiches named after Italians murdered by Sicilian mobsters.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:25am

Campaign to save Trieste's iconic Caffe San Marco

In its heyday, the Caffe San Marco was one of the fixed points on the vibrant intellectual map of Trieste, frequented by writers James Joyce and Italo Svevo and poet Umberto Saba. Decades later, in a world increasingly dominated by quick caffeine fixes and multi-ingredient beverages, the historic Viennese-style coffee house has remained a beloved part of the port city in Italy's northeast.

31 May 2013 - 5:12am

Italian girl's murder spurs unanimous vote on anti-domestic-violence treaty

Italy's lower chamber of parliament ratified a European treaty against domestic violence as the country buried its latest woman murder victim: a 15-year-old girl stabbed and burned alive, allegedly by her boyfriend.

30 May 2013 - 2:48am

Italian voters shun 5-Star as coalition gets needed electoral boost

Italian voters gave Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition government a badly needed boost in local elections, shunning Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement just three months after its spectacular success in a parliamentary vote.

29 May 2013 - 1:55am

Daniele Lo Presti: tale of sleaze, blackmail and organised crime

It is more than two months since Italian paparazzo Daniele Lo Presti was murdered under Testaccio bridge in Rome. Lo Presti had been due to meet friends for a run on February 27 at 5.30pm, and had been jogging on the footpath that follows the Tiber River.

10 May 2013 - 2:32am

Postcard: Udine

Italy's Udine Far East Film Festival (FEFF) made its name by bringing quality commercial films from Asia to international audiences.

5 May 2013 - 3:39pm