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Articles by: Judith Harris

  • Some of Italy’s top museums and archaeological sites are showing a decline in popularity, reversing the trend for steady growth for the first time in two decades. Moreover, Italian families are spending almost 7% less per capita on the theater and on movie attendance. Few expect 2009 to be better—on the contrary, as the economic slump hurts tourism, it may be worse.
  • In a country in dismay, the Church asks Mr Berlusconi "to clear the air." Italian bishops urge the Premier to respond not only to political adversaries, but also to "that part of public opinion which is not prejudicially adverse" to him.
  • This past weekend’s vote for representatives to the European Parliament was read beforehand as a chance to show massive personal support for Premier Silvio Berlusconi and to demonstrate the expansive vitality of his rightist Popolo della Liberta’ (PdL), into which Gianfranco Fini’s Alleanza Nazionale merged little more than a year ago. Instead, the vote was a setback for both Premier and party, and shows an increase in protest parties and individual protests.
  • Many look at Letizia Noemi as an Italian version of Monica Lewinsky. But while Clinton's popularity fell dramatically after his extramarital affair, Berlusconi's has sagged by a mere 3% as a result of his divorce. Thus, although Catholic, Italians seem to be very tolerant... But is religion the only issue involved?
  • Although several attractively youthful and well dressed women hold cabinet slots in Italy today, they are dwarfed by Emma Marcegaglia, head of Italy’s National Association of Manufacturers.
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(February 25, 2009)
    Italy's Culture Minister Sandro Bondi announced that the government will appoint a special commissioner to deal with the country's "archaeological emergency". Looming in the background is privatization of archaeological sites and their exploitation...

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