By Nicole Winfield Published 1:42 pm, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP / Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Designated Prime Minister Carlo Cottarelli (right) has said early elections could come “after August,” but market turmoil has spurred some lawmakers to propose a late July date Designated Prime Minister Carlo Cottarelli (right) has said early elections could come “after August,” but market turmoil has spurred some lawmakers to propose a late July date Photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP / Getty Images Uncertainty high as Italy premier-designate tweaks Cabinet 1 / 1 Back to Gallery ROME — Italy’s premier-designate Carlo Cottarelli met briefly with Italy’s president on Wednesday amid continued market turmoil and uncertainty about the … [Read more...] about Uncertainty high as Italy premier-designate tweaks Cabinet
By Clare Haward on Jun 22, 2011 in Europe, Italy, Regions, Road Travel, Speciality Travel, Western Europe Amalfi Drive – the most beautiful coastlineLocation: between Sorrento and Salerno, Campania Meandering along one of the most beautiful stretches of shoreline in the world, Amalfi Drive was originally built by the Romans, and is carved out of the side of the coastal cliffs. With a succession of dramatic hairpin bends winding through the famous picturesque villages of Positano, Ravello and Amalfi, and over secluded bays and deep gorges for which this region is renowned, driving this road never ceases to thrill. But whilst driving here is immensely enjoyable, you do sometimes need patience to cope with the volume of traffic. Chianti (Via Chiantigiana) – the picturesque wine roadLocation: between Florence and Sienna, Tuscany A picturesque “wine road” dating from the 1700s, the Via Chiantigiana as it is known locally, crosses the Chianti region between … [Read more...] about Top 5 drives in Italy
The Capitol in Rome. Photo: Patrick Herzog/AFP As Italy grapples with a political crisis, The Local takes a look what provisions the Italian constitution makes for times like these. Depending on who you listen to, President Sergio Mattarella is either the hero or the villain of Italy's latest drama. The head of state has faced everything from calls for his impeachment to threats of violence since populist parties' efforts to form a government collapsed over Mattarella's refusal to accept their nominee for finance minister, an anti-euro economist who the president said was not consistent with Italy's national interests nor the alliance's own published programme. The president's actions are based on a single article in the Italian constitution, Article 92, which reads: "The Government of the Republic is made up of the President of the Council and the Ministers who together form the Council of Ministers. The President of the Republic appoints the President of the Council of … [Read more...] about What does Italy’s constitution have to say about its political crisis?
EU budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP Senior Italian politicians on Tuesday called for EU budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger to resign over an "absurd" comment in which he voiced the hope that the country's poor economic situation will keep populist parties out of government. Italy is facing the likely prospect of fresh elections after President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday blocked a cabinet proposed by the anti-immigrant League and their allies, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S). The chaotic developments have spooked investors, who fear another election could see an even better result for the populist, eurosceptic parties. In an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, EU commissioner Oettinger said here had been a "noticeable downturn" in government bonds, banks' market values and in Italy's economy in general, which "the government formation may be responsible for". "I can only hope," he added, "that this will play a … [Read more...] about ‘Markets will teach Italy to vote for the right thing’: EU official’s comment causes uproar
Italian President Sergio Mattarella. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP Italian President Sergio Mattarella has taken the unusual step of releasing an English translation of his statement explaining why he decided to veto a populist alliance's choice of finance minister, causing their proposed government to collapse and plunging Italy into political turmoil. The decision made new elections all but inevitable and prompted calls for Mattarella's impeachment by members of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League, the two parties that had been poised to form one of the first fully populist governments in the European Union. It also caused shockwaves around the world, as eurosceptics from France to the US accused the president of putting European interests before the Italian people. With the world watching Italy's crisis, the president's press office has released the full statement that Mattarella gave to the Italian press on Sunday night after talks with the populist nominees collapsed, … [Read more...] about Here’s how Italy’s president explains his controversial veto