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Merkel confident Renzi will deliver on reforms
German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Florence with Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Merkel confident Renzi will deliver on reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday backed Italy's Matteo Renzi to deliver on a pledge to "turbo-charge" his reforms after the European Central Bank's decision to pump billions into the moribund eurozone economy. READ  

Italian man lost driving licence for being gay
The Italian man had his driving licence suspended after being deemed "troubled by his sexual identity". Driving licence: Shutterstock

Italian man lost driving licence for being gay

An Italian man who lost his driving licence after being told he was not mentally fit to drive due to being gay has won a 15-year legal battle against two Italian ministries. READ  

Another nun gives birth in Italy
The nun was taken to the maternity ward, where her waters broke and she gave birth. Baby photo: Shutterstock

Another nun gives birth in Italy

A nun has given birth in Italy after going to hospital with a stomach ache, a year after a similar case in a country still strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. READ  

Anti-terror law may allow secret agents into jails
Italy’s draft anti-terrorism package includes a measure that will allow secret agents to question prisoners. Photo: Portengaround

Anti-terror law may allow secret agents into jails

Italy’s draft anti-terrorism package, set to be debated next week, includes a measure that will allow secret agents to question prisoners. READ  

Video
New video debunks Italian stereotypes
The video by Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development throws up eight stereotypes and knocks down each one. Screenshot: MinSviluppoEconomico

New video debunks Italian stereotypes

A new video aims to set the record straight over Italian stereotypes, instead celebrating Italy as a country of the “extraordinary commonplace”. READ  

Renzi uses Florence's splendour to woo Merkel
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive in Florence on Thursday ahead of a formal summit meeting. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Renzi uses Florence's splendour to woo Merkel

The eurozone's deep divisions were set to be given an airing on Thursday as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel days before crucial elections in Greece. READ  

Tennis: Australian Open
Federer knocked out of Open by unseeded Seppi
Federer playing earlier in the tournament. Photo: William West/AFP

Federer knocked out of Open by unseeded Seppi

Swiss legend Roger Federer was dumped out of the Australian Open by unseeded Italian Andreas Seppi in a major upset on Friday. READ  

Italian sprinters cleared of doping claims
Sprinter Roberto Donati (pictured) along with fellow athletes, Simone Collio and Maurizio Checcucci, have been cleared of doping claims. Photo: Miguel Ripota/AFP

Italian sprinters cleared of doping claims

Three Italian athletes accused of doping after setting a new national record in the 4x100 metres were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Thursday. READ  

Pope sees 'dangers' amid Vatican terror threat
Security around the Vatican has been increased amid fears of an attack by Isis extremists. Vatican photo: Shutterstock

Pope sees 'dangers' amid Vatican terror threat

Pope Francis on Thursday told Italian police officers in charge of security around the Vatican that he saw "shadows and dangers", but urged them not to give in to fear. READ  

Doctors flee Italy in their thousands
Doctors in Italy face a lack of jobs, low salaries, insecure contracts and staff shortages. Doctor photo: Shutterstock

Doctors flee Italy in their thousands

Thousands of doctors have left Italy in recent years to seek opportunities abroad, fleeing a lack of opportunities at home, Italian media reported on Thursday. READ  

Features
How can an American get Italian citizenship?
Coral Sisk works in the food and wine travel industry in Tuscany. Photo: Coral Sisk

How can an American get Italian citizenship?

While Europeans can move to Italy with relative ease, staying in the country is for Americans a greater challenge. The Local speaks to Coral Sisk, from the US, about how she turned her Italian heritage into citizenship. READ  

Obituary
Anita Ekberg: The Swede who was La Dolce Vita
A 1955 portrait of Anita Ekberg in a publicity photo for the film War and Peace. Photo: INP/AFP

Anita Ekberg: The Swede who was La Dolce Vita

The actress Anita Ekberg, who has died aged 83, is likely to be remembered for a single scene in which she cavorts in Rome's Trevi Fountain, exhibiting her curvaceous charms to an urbane Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita". READ  

My Italian Career
'We've been riding the waves and are still afloat'

'We've been riding the waves and are still afloat'

Pamela Sheldon Johns, from the US, has been hosting cooking classes and writing books about Italian food for years. She also runs an agritourism site in Tuscany and makes her own olive oil. She talks to The Local about juggling it all, and weathering several crises, in Italy. READ  

JobTalk Italy

Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard

Despite being better known today for their colourful uniforms than their reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards have been a powerful symbol of the Vatican for centuries. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes. READ  

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Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz

Italy is home to some of the world’s most iconic monuments and is the birthplace of a long list of artists, inventors and composers...but how well do you know its history? READ  

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Merkel wants Greece to 'remain part of our story'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference in Florence with Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Merkel wants Greece to 'remain part of our story'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Florence on Friday she wanted Greece to "remain part of our story", ahead of elections this weekend which could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and determine whether the country stays in the eurozone. READ  

Italy and Spain bond yields hit record lows
ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank will buy €60 billion of European debt every month from March 2015 until September 2016. Photo: Daniel Roland/AFP

Italy and Spain bond yields hit record lows

The yield on ten-year Italian and Spanish government bonds fell to record lows on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced a massive bond buying programme. READ  

Italian doctor reported missing in Libya
The doctor had been working in a hospital in Tripoli, where there has been an increase in violence in recent months. Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Italian doctor reported missing in Libya

An Italian doctor in his seventies who worked in a hospital in Tripoli has gone missing in Libya, Italian media reported on Thursday. READ  

Word on the street
What did you think of the Pope's rabbit rant?
Pope Francis addresses journalists during a flight back to Rome from the Philippines. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

What did you think of the Pope's rabbit rant?

Earlier this week, Pope Francis said that being a good Catholic does not mean you have to "breed like rabbits" and appealed to the world’s Catholics to be more responsible when it comes to parenting. The Local asked people in Italy, where the birth rate continues to dwindle, what they thought. READ  

Italian hotel named best in world for families
The success of the Cavallino Bianco comes just 13 years after it was turned into a family-only hotel. Photo: Cavallino Bianco

Italian hotel named best in world for families

A hotel in Italy was on Wednesday named the best in the world for families, based on reviews by travel site TripAdvisor. The Local explores how Cavallino Bianco won the excellence award. READ  

Video
School teacher 'hit kids and stole their snacks'
Parents complained that their children lived in continual fear and discomfort because of the teacher's violent behaviour. Classroom photo: Shutterstock

School teacher 'hit kids and stole their snacks'

A primary school teacher in Naples, southern Italy, has been arrested after she was filmed abusing students by investigators. READ  

Italy joins anti-Isis coalition meet in London
Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni will represent Italy at the anti-Isis meeting in London. Photo: Karim Kadim/Pool/AFP

Italy joins anti-Isis coalition meet in London

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni will on Thursday attend an anti-Isis coalition meeting in London, where around 20 countries will come together to decide how to best combat the terrorist group. READ  

 Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted artefacts
Police said the looted items were worth around €45 million. Photo: MiBACT

Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted artefacts

The Italian government on Wednesday said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record €45 million haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. READ  

Fiorentina deny Chelsea to snap up Cuadrado
Juan Cuadrado is a reported summer transfer target for Manchester United and Barcelona. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Fiorentina deny Chelsea to snap up Cuadrado

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has played down reports that winger Juan Cuadrado could soon leave the club for Chelsea amid reports the Premier League side are preparing a bid for the Colombian international. READ  

Berlusconi denies AC Milan sale rumours
SIlvio Berlusconi said the rumours are "without foundation". Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Berlusconi denies AC Milan sale rumours

Owner and club president Silvio Berlusconi has brushed off rumours that a deepening crisis has prompted him to consider putting AC Milan up for sale. READ  

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'Proof' of secret Nazi weapons facility
Memorial at Gusen. Photo: Rudolf A. Haunschmied/Wikimedia

'Proof' of secret Nazi weapons facility

New information about a secret Nazi underground weapons facility has been published in St. Georgen in Upper Austria, the site of a former concentration camp. READ  

Switzerland tops global cost of living study
Countries in brown have highest costs, according to data. Map: Movehub.com

Switzerland tops global cost of living study

A new report shows Switzerland has the highest cost of living in the world, ahead of Norway. READ  

Judge: Landlords can't stop men standing to pee
Toilet photo: Shutterstock

Judge: Landlords can't stop men standing to pee

Splashy urinators may now micturate in peace, after a man won a court battle against his landlord for the right to tinkle as nature intended. READ  

The Local List
Ten Danish words the world should start using
Impress your friends by casually dropping one of these ten Danish words into your next conversation. Photo: Colourbox

Ten Danish words the world should start using

Danish is a tough language, but it has some real gems. We guide you through ten Danish words that are just so good that we should all start using them. READ  

Spain among Europe's cheapest nations: study

Spain among Europe's cheapest nations: study

Spain is one of the cheapest places to live in Western Europe and is 35 percent cheaper than New York according to new figures. READ  

The Local List
The ten 'real' no-go zones in Paris
There are no-go zones in the City of Light after all. Photo: AFP

The ten 'real' no-go zones in Paris

Fox News came under fire recently for listing areas in Paris they claimed were "no-go zones". But what do they know? We've listed the real places in the City of Light that you'd want to avoid. Although they're more "don't-go" zones than "no-go". READ  

Police: Don’t report that it’s snowing in Norway
Snow is quite common in Norway. Photo: Håkon Aarthun/NTB Scanpix

Police: Don’t report that it’s snowing in Norway

Police in southern Norway say they are not prioritizing complaints about snow and are urging people to remember that they live in Norway. READ  

The Local List
Ten unique words you need to date in Sweden
Swedes love getting married...and divorced. Photo: Sonia Jansson/Image Bank Sweden

Ten unique words you need to date in Sweden

Dating is relatively new to Sweden - bumping into a new partner at a night club or getting off with a colleague is a more common way into a relationship. But if you are single, here are ten unique (and often untranslatable) Swedish words you should know about. READ  

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