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Articles by: Judith Harris

  • President Sergio Mattarella, New Year's Eve
    In his New Year's speech President Sergio Mattarella praised Italy's politicians for having the legislature last the regulation 5 years. But in national general elections that take place in just 60 days, those with "institutional responsibilities" must each do his share, he said.
  • Dario Franceschini (blue tie), heads of state museums
    In trying to compile a list of the best and worst of Italy in 2017, the criteria is that both good, bad and ugly selections should reflect those happenings likely to bring lasting consequences.
  • As the year winds down, Italy looks ahead nervously to political 2018, when national general elections may take place as early as March. The predicted three-way split is almost certain to make forming a new government a challenge.
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(December 08, 2017)
    Its 7 million visitors this year make the Colosseum Italy's second most important tourist attraction, and the area open to visitors has been drastically expanded. Here we meet its newly appointed director Alfonsina Russo.
  • Giorgio and Clio Napolitano with Pope Franciscus
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    Judith Harris(November 28, 2017)
    Born in Naples back in 1925, at ninety-two former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is vital and surprisingly sturdy intellectually and physically, as his latest interview show
  • New President of Sicily Region, Nello Musumeci. Courtesy of www.nellomusumeci.it/blog
    In a regional election Sunday in Sicily, a fledgling center-right coalition trounced the center-left, leaving former Premier Matteo Renzi and his party in deep trouble. The vote is seen as a harbinger of things to come when the nation goes to the polls next March.
  • Italy produces and exports more pasta than any other Country
    For the fifth month in a row the sluggish Italian economy shows signs of improvement. Consumer confidence is on the rise, while unemployed has dropped from a high of 13% to this month's 11.2%.

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