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Italy's newly-approved budget includes the introduction of an entrance tax for tourists who visit Venice.

It's estimated that the new system will be worth around 50 million euros a year, up from the present 30 million a year.



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Italian Judges Call for Prosecution of Anti-Immigrant Politician

 

https://www.courthou...lian-judiciary/

 

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CASTELBUONO, Sicily (Courthouse News)  – An unusual high-stakes legal and political battle is unfolding in Italy over the nation’s harsh new anti-immigrant policies and whether its most prominent advocate, the far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, should face criminal charges for carrying those policies out.

 

In late January, a three-judge panel in Catania, a Sicilian port city, issued a ruling saying Salvini should be prosecuted for his decision to detain for several days 177 asylum-seekers rescued from the Mediterranean Sea.

 

The asylum-seekers, who were mostly from Eritrea, were held aboard an Italian coast guard ship, the Diciotti, while it was docked in Catania. In the meantime, Salvini demanded other European nations take in the asylum-seekers.

 

The judges said Salvini’s decision to hold them on the vessel, sleeping on the ship’s decks under the hot summer sun, was “merely political” and served no public interest.

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In this picture taken Dec. 22, 2018, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini waits for the start of a confidence vote on the budget law at the Italian Senate in Rome.

(Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA Via AP)


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Reveals major divisions in the EU and the inability for Brussels to form a unified strategy regarding Chinese ambitions:

 

Italy plans to join China's Belt and Road Initiative

 

 

(Reuters) - Italy plans to sign a memorandum of understanding to become a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by the end of March, a move which has drawn critical reaction from the United States, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

 
“The negotiation is not over yet, but it is possible that it will be concluded in time for (Chinese President Xi Jinping’s) visit,” the newspaper reported quoting Michele Geraci, the undersecretary in the Italian economic development ministry.
 
The United States said the project was unlikely to help Italy economically and could significantly damage the country’s international image, the paper reported.

 

https://www.reuters....t-idUSKCN1QN0D4

 

Italy's economy is struggling, and with its ongoing disputes with Brussels, sees China as a possible way out. 


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Witness in Berlusconi’s bunga-bunga trial ‘poisoned’

 

March 16 2019, 12:01am

 

A Moroccan-born model who attended Silvio Berlusconi’s bunga-bunga dinners has died in hospital, allegedly killed by radioactive poisoning.

Magistrates opened a murder investigation after the death this month of Iman Fadil, 34, who was due to give evidence at the former Italian prime minister’s bribery trial.

Ms Fadil is understood to have told her brother and her lawyer that she had been poisoned. Magistrates said that she had symptoms seen in poisoning victims. The news agency ANSA said a toxicology test had found that she had been killed by a “mix of radioactive substances”.

Ms Fadil was scheduled to give evidence about claims that Mr Berlusconi offered to buy silence from women who attended parties at his villa near Milan [...]

 

https://www.thetimes...4d-9729bcd51a7f



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BNL NEWS @BreakingNLive 1h1 hour ago

 
 

BREAKING: Immigrant man hijacked school bus carrying 51 children, locked them inside and set the bus on fire in possible terrorist incident in Milano, Italy. Police quickly rescued all children on board.

https://twitter.com/...424673946157057

 

Pure evil is all I will say about this. They hell?



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https://www.theguard...ool-bus-on-fire

 

Driver in Italy accused of setting fire to school bus carrying 51 children

Bus driver arrested in Milan after allegedly shouting: ‘Nobody gets off here alive’



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Police raids in Italy have unearthed a huge Far Right cache of weaponry, including an ground-to-air missile. (via
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Italy’s prime minister just resigned. What the heck comes next?

 

https://www.vox.com/...lvini-elections

 

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(Vox) Italy has been slow-walking into a political crisis for weeks. Now it’s here.

 

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, effectively collapsing the country’s government.

 

In a speech before the Italian Senate, Conte blamed his deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, for the mess, accusing him of being irresponsible and putting “his own interests and those of his party” ahead of Italy’s, at the risk of political and financial instability.

 

Conte is not totally wrong: Salvini has largely orchestrated this political drama.

 

Salvini, who leads the far-right, anti-immigrant Lega party, has been angling for weeks for snap elections, in the hopes that his rising popularity and success in May’s European Parliament elections would give him enough support that he could become prime minister outright after a new vote, or maybe with the support of smaller right-wing and far-right parties. Either way, the guy wants to become prime minister.


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Hmm, what at the Italian right's views on the EU?

 

Is Italeave on the table? Or will they just complain a lot like some of the other far right EU govts?







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