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Roberta Damiani
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I'm an Italian student living in the UK, where I study Economics and Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. I left Italy not because I don't like it: I love Italy, it's the most beautiful country in the world. But too many things are wrong there. Writing about them, I hope, could be a start for a change
I'm an Italian student living in the UK, where I study Economics and Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. I left Italy not because I don't like it: I love Italy, it's the most beautiful country in the world. But too many things are wrong there. Writing about them, I hope, could be a start for a change

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As Cameron flies EasyJet, Renzi takes private plane to US Open final
Not too long ago, the British public went wild over some
pictures portraying PM David Cameron eating Pringles on an EasyJet flight, as
he was flying to Portugal to join his wife and kids on holiday. To an Italian,
whether he was eating Pringles or having te...

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Berlusconi's acquittal for the “Ruby the heart-stealer” trial confirmed by the highest court
On 11 March 2015, the highest judicial court in Italy, the
Cassazione, cleared Silvio Berlusconi of the allegations of child prostitution
and abuse of power. This is the case that became worldwide famous for the
alleged “bunga bunga” parties, involving also...

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Sergio Mattarella is elected President of the Republic
Yesterday morning, the Italian Parliament elected the
Republic’ s 12 th president: Sergio Matterella. He was elected with
665 votes out of 1009, but 505 would have been enough: after three inconclusive rounds of
votes, a candidate only needs to get a simple...

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Corruption in Italian Politics- NY Times: "Virtually no corner of Italy is immune to criminal penetration"
Italy has recently regained
worldwide attention because of a very unflattering title: most corrupt country
in the EU. Transparency International in its annual Corruption Index ranked
Italy 69 th out of 175 countries, last in the EU together with
Romania, Bu...

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Italian Senate- Renzi's reform for a non-elected second Chamber
I have
discussed the electoral reform that PM Matteo Renzi is trying to pass. There is
an even bigger reform that Renzi is determined to achieve though, a constitutional
one indeed: the reform of the Italian upper house, or Senate. Senato della Repubblica C...

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“Europe selfie would show face of boredom”- Renzi opens Italian presidency of the EU
On Wednesday, Italy took over the presidency of the EU, taken
up in turn every six months by a member state. PM Matteo Renzi opened the Italian semester with a speech in Brussels. Renzi’s speech did not focus on the programmatic issues that
Italy wants to w...

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Renzi meets with M5S to discuss electoral reform: Italicum vs Democratellum
Last Wednesday, PM Matteo Renzi and three delegates of his
Partito Democratico met with delegates from Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement
(M5S) in order to discuss the M5S proposals for a new electoral law. This was the first meeting the two delegations had ...

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Beppe Grillo meets Nigel Farage to discuss possible alliance
If Italy is celebrating Renzi’s victory, the UK is dealing
with UKIP’s feared triumph in the European election. The Eurosceptic,
anti-immigration party came first with 27 MEPs, beating both Labour and the
Conservatives, not to mention the Liberal Democrats ...

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Renzi’s Partito Democratico triumphs in European election
This
morning I woke up to a huge surprise: Matteo Renzi’s Partito Democratico got
40.8% in the European election. This is the highest share of votes ever
achieved in Italy by a party of the left in the post-war period. During the electoral
campaign so many ...
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