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Emergency loan for Alitalia
Apr 23, 2008 at 11:29 AM
        The outgoing Italian cabinet has approved a bridge loan of €300 million for Alitalia in a last ditch attempt to keep the struggling Italian airline afloat while the new government of Silvio Berlusconi attempts to find a buyer to replace Air France-KLM which on Monday announced it had definitely withdrawn its offer.

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming....or maybe not.
Apr 20, 2008 at 11:02 PM
ImageHe won't be taking office as Italy's "new" prime minister until early May, but the victorious Silvio Berlusconi is already giving hints about his future policy for resolving one of Italy's most pressing problems, the future of the nearly bankrupt Italian airline, Alitalia. Unfortunately, the most recent solutions mentioned appear to be impracticable, unlikely or downright illegal.

He....'s BACK!
Apr 16, 2008 at 04:42 PM
ImageWell, exactly as he predicted, Silvio Berlusconi once again is to be the prime minister of Italy, or as we say here, the presidente del Consiglio, president of the Council of Ministers. The Italian businessman, or media mogul as some people prefer to call him, won his third mandate as Italy's head of government in elections that gave him a ten-point lead over the opposing coalition led by Walter Veltroni and thereby dashing the probably unrealistic hopes of the left to defeat him. The center-right coalition headed by Berlusconi, the third richest man in Italy, won 47% of the vote and will have a massive majority in both houses of parliament that should enable him to stay in power for his full five-year term.

Italian vote could herald onset of a new era
Apr 16, 2008 at 06:52 PM
        Berlusconi will be Italy's next prime minister. But for other reasons than the immediate future of one politician, this past weekend's vote may in effect be a real watershed for Italy. Along with giving the victorious coalition sufficient strength to put through its program before the next test at the polls, the results of the weekend election have had the result of sweeping away a large number of smaller parties whose representation in parliament did nothing to increase legislative efficiency. Furthermore, one unexpected outcome of the election is - paradoxically - to make Italy, a country with an incredibly rich Marxist tradition, one of the only countries in Europe to have no group calling itself communist or socialist sitting in Parliament.

Hit and Run: A new Italian pastime?
Apr 14, 2008 at 02:43 PM
ImageDriving is dangerous. We all know that; in Europe for example, deaths related to road accidents have now reached 250,000 a year. But in Italy, it appears, pedestrians are increasingly at risk. And even worse, for the last few years there has been a troublesome increase in hit and run incidents that has made me wonder if  there isn’t a growing deficit of what we used to call moral fiber in this country.

Pirati della strada. Dov'è finita la fibra morale?
Apr 14, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Image "Pirati al volante:strage di pedoni" (il Messaggero), "Strage di pedoni" (Corriere della Sera). Finalmente, forse, i giornali italiani stanno focalizzando la loro attenzione su questa nuova piaga della società italiana: guidare male - eccesso di velocità, sotto l'influenza di droga o alcol,guida spericolata -  e fuggire senza fregarsene della vittima. Ormai non passa quasi giorno senza notizie nuove di questo tipo: oggi un uomo a Napoli che stava facendo il jogging, una donna di 79 anni nel salernitano, la settimana scorsa  una donna ad Acilia e poi un uomo a Torino ; tutti hanno perso la vita dopo essere stati investitit da automobilisti che sono poi fuggiti.

Quale giornalismo? E per fare che?
Apr 12, 2008 at 05:57 PM
ImageSabato è finita la campagna elettorale e devo dire che questa volta, più che mai, i giornalisti e i giornali - compresa la TV - -non hanno fatto granché per aiutare il cittadino a decidere sul che cosa fare, per chi votare. Un motivo per questo è la demenziale legge sul par condicio che impone alle televisioni una copertura uguale per tutti i candidati, anche quelli risibili, e che rende in effetti impossibile, e anche illegale, una faccia a faccia tra i candidati principali, Silvio Berlusconi e Walter Veltroni, come quelle che si svolgono in tutte le altre grande democrazie. Una legge che andrebbe abrogata non appena possibile e in questo senso bene, benissimo, ha fatto bene Ennio Carelli, direttore di news di SkyTV 24, ad andare in onda a denunciare la par condicio dicendo, più o meno, "mai piu"!

Election campaign plods to a close.
Apr 08, 2008 at 03:17 PM
Giuliano Ferrara
With only five days to go before going to their voting stations, Italians appear to be largely indifferent to most of the campaign issues chosen by the conservative coalition headed by the man favored in the polls, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlsuconi and his rivals. The one exception, thanks to rising prices and slowing production, appears to be the economy. Both Berlusconi and his chief rival, Walter Veltroni, head of the new, left of center Partito Democratico, have promised both tax cuts and, less usual here in Italy, serious spending cuts which could help to ease the country's huge public indebtedness. They have also addressed the issue of pensions, property taxes, infrastructure and a heightened fight against tax evasion, and in fact on some points it is difficult to distinguish their two programs.

Ben gli starà!!!!
Apr 06, 2008 at 10:48 PM
Image«E' raro che un politico faccia scoppiare una grave crisi prima ancora di avere vinto. E' quello che Silvio Berlusconi ha fatto con Alitalia. Se, come ci si aspetta, vincerà il suo terzo mandato come presidente del Consiglio il prossimo weekend, Berlusconi si meriterà ogni mal di testa che la compagnia di bandiera gli darà».

Alitalia’s fate hanging in the balance
Apr 06, 2008 at 07:10 PM
ImageItaly's outgoing Treasury Minister, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, has warned Italy's unions that Alitalia risks "irreparable consequences" if attempts are not made quickly to heal a breakdown in buy-out talks with Air France-KLM. The Italian treasury owns 49.5% of Alitalia and had decided to sell its stake to Air France but that company's restructuring plan has been opposed by the eight unions involved in the negotiations and which broke down last Wednesday evening.

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