Italian News Snippets: 4 February 2007


There’s more to the Italian news that a former premier’s flirting and his wife’s demand for a public apology. No, really – there is.

  • Premier Romano Prodi has approved an enlargement for a US military base in Vicenza, leading to a split in his coalition and a call for his resignation by Silvio Berlusconi (who is apparently a sore loser). Berlusconi’s opposition coalition defeated Prodi’s government on the base expansion question in the Senate. Italian politics are nothing if not hard to keep track of.

  • A Dante expert says the great poet could have been on psychedelic drugs when he penned his greatest works. Does that mean hell isn’t really an inferno?

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  • And now, for the domestic news… Some are wondering whether the oh-so public fight between Berlusconi and his wife was all a calculated publicity stunt to get the former premier’s name back in the news. My, but aren’t people cynical when it comes to politicians. Here’s the MSN video about the original story, including some great footage of both members of the couple. I especially love how Berlusconi met Lario to begin with… Yeesh.

  • The Prodi government is moving ahead with a bill granting rights to unmarried couples, despite some serious opposition. This just isn’t Prodi’s week.

  • Italians are more concerned about violence against minors than they are about terrorism.

  • There are more reports about Italians having trouble leaving home… From the “Duh” Department of the Italian Government. A worthwhile project would be to figure out how to change that. Unless no one wants to change it?

Photo by: Luca Libralato