Italy, a sorry situation, if ever there was one: Exports down over 4%, consumer spending down again and falling; the number of poor has doubled since 2007; one million jobs have gone. Corruption levels are causing major problems. What's Italy's government doing? Not a fat lot. In fact, Italy's … [Read more...]
Posts on Italian current affairs.
Italy's organized crime groups are always on the look out for ways to diversify their incomes and, most probably, to launder chucks of illicit earning from other illegal business enterprises at the same time. Well, how about the slow food sector and why not attempt to seek a little European Union … [Read more...]
In certain quarters, the indecent haste with which Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi wants to rush through reforms to Italy's constitution is ringing alarm bells. 'Authoritarianism' is a word being bandied around in Italy at the moment. Over 160,000 Italians have now signed an anti 'theft of … [Read more...]
Tourism business in the northern Italian region of Piedmont is on the up and its growing faster than in any other region of Italy according to Unioncamere, Italy's association of Chambers of Commerce. Mayor of Turin Piero Fassino is, understandably, very happy. He pointed out that the results … [Read more...]
Despite the bad news that seems to hover permanently over Italy’s economic future an unexpected ray of sunshine has broken through. Purchasing managers indices measure what industry is ordering now for future delivery. They are regarded as solid indicators of where an economy is … [Read more...]
First the news broke that the former head of Italy's public works watchdog Giuseppe Brienza had been arrested on accusations of corruption. Then, the arrest of one Marco Milanese was announced. Milanese is mixed up on the MOSE Venice barrier construction works scandal. As if the arrest of the … [Read more...]
From yesterday Italy's shops, plumbers, dentists, doctors, and others have to arm themselves with what Italy likes to refer to as POSs. Actually, they don't have to. Don't worry, all will become clear. A POS, which stands for Point Of Sale, is basically a unit which is able to accept payments via … [Read more...]