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Vatican probes Italy's 'playboy priests'
Bishop Mario Oliveri has been accused of turning a blind eye to the actions of priests under his direction. Photo: RiccardoP1983/Wikimedia Commons

Vatican probes Italy's 'playboy priests'

The Vatican has launched an investigation into a diocese in north-west Italy following a series of scandals by “playboy priests”, including one being convicted for sexual abuse and another posting naked photos of himself on Facebook. READ  

Italy hit with €340m EU bill as France cashes in
The revelation comes as Italy comes under fire for its 2015 budget. Money photo: Shutterstock

Italy hit with €340m EU bill as France cashes in

Italy will have to pay the EU an estimated €340 million on December 1st, according to a leaked document which shows France is due to receive a €1 billion rebate. READ  

VIDEO
French football fans cause mayhem in Milan
St Etienne fans burn flares at Milan's San Siro stadium. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP

French football fans cause mayhem in Milan

Around 400 French football fans caused mayhem in Milan on Thursday evening, setting off firecrackers and damaging the city’s metro ahead of a Europa League tie between St Etienne and Inter Milan. READ  

Madonna in sisterhood pledge with singing nun
Madonna posted the above photo alongside her tweet in support of Sister Cristina's remake of Like a Virgin. Photo: Madonna Facebook page

Madonna in sisterhood pledge with singing nun

Pop star Madonna has pledged lifelong sisterhood with an Italian nun who released a remake of her provocative 1984 hit, Like A Virgin, earlier this week. READ  

Italy civil unions
Silvio Berlusconi backs gay union proposal
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi has backed a proposal for a civil union law in Italy. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Silvio Berlusconi backs gay union proposal

Italy’s ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was once better known for his anti-gay gaffes, has backed a proposal for same-sex unions in Italy. READ  

Italy 2015 budget row
Renzi vows to publish cost of EU 'palaces'
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said "we're going to have some fun" publishing data "on everything that is spent by these palaces". Photo: Emanuel Dunand/AFP

Renzi vows to publish cost of EU 'palaces'

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Thursday announced his intention to make public the cost of the European institutions, as a row exploded over his country's budget plans. READ  

Sicilian woman killed by falling palm tree
The accident happened in the centre of Catania, eastern Sicily. Catania photo: Shutterstock

Sicilian woman killed by falling palm tree

A Sicilian woman died on Thursday when a palm tree fell on her in the city of Catania, an accident blamed on high winds and the possibility the tree could have been infected. READ  

Italy 2015 budget row
Italy under fire from EU in budget battle
European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso sharply criticised Italy for publishing a letter from the EU requesting clarifications in its rule-breaking budget. Photo: AFP

Italy under fire from EU in budget battle

European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso sharply criticised Italy on Thursday for publishing a letter from the EU requesting clarifications on Rome's rule-breaking budget. READ  

Video
Outrage over politician's ironic host a migrant ad
Umberto Bosco, a Northern League politician, posted a video mocking a government proposal that would have paid €900 a month to Italians for hosting a migrant. Screengrab: YouTube

Outrage over politician's ironic host a migrant ad

A Northern League politician has sparked controversy after saying migrants could just be “fed bread and water” in a video mocking a proposal to pay Italians €900 a month to host a migrant in their home. READ  

Italy's 'bullet' campaign targets prejudice
Created by design studio Armando Testa, the campaign features portraits of people being “shot” through the head with offensive words. Image: Armando Testa

Italy's 'bullet' campaign targets prejudice

A powerful poster campaign - featuring peoples’ heads being shattered by imaginary bullets - was launched on Thursday in a bid to tackle a multitude of prejudices in Italy. READ  

Features
Quiz
Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz
Italian history: Shutterstock

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  

The Local List
Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy
German novelist Thomas Mann was struck by the "flattering and suspect beauty" of the city of Venice. Venice photo: Shutterstock

Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy

Italy has been a source of inspiration for many a traveller over the centuries. From Lord Byron to George Clooney, here are ten quotes about the country from some of the peninsula’s most famous visitors. READ  

Opinion - Working in Italy
Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?
Italy came ninth in a survey ranking the most desirable places in the world to work. Italy worker: Shutterstock

Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?

Italy was ranked the ninth most desirable place in the world to work in a survey this week, but some foreigners who live and work here beg to differ. READ  

My Italian Career: Lawyer
'Accept that you're not doing this for the money'
Julia Holden is a lawyer with Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati in Milan.

'Accept that you're not doing this for the money'

British lawyer Julia Holden has worked in Italy for over 20 years. She talks to The Local about the challenges of being a foreign lawyer and what it takes to land a role in Italy. READ  

Analysis
Why Milan uni's English switch opened minds
Rector Giovanni Azzone (L) and Professor Michela Arnaboldi are firm supporters of teaching in English. Photos: Politecnico di Milano

Why Milan uni's English switch opened minds

Milan's elite Polytechnic University was hit with an onslaught of criticism in 2011 when it said all its masters courses would be taught in English. The Local went on campus to find out how professors and students are adapting to the innovative move. READ  

More News
Men face charges over 'passionate' public kiss
The men pictured are not those facing charges. Kiss photo: Shutterstock

Men face charges over 'passionate' public kiss

Two Italian men who engaged in a "long and passionate" kiss during a demonstration have been charged with breach of the peace following a police report which claimed their act had "disgusted" passersby. READ  

'Italy is the real sick man of Europe'
An article in The Spectator speaks about Italy being a "very European tragedy".Italy photo: Shutterstock

'Italy is the real sick man of Europe'

Italy comes under scrutiny in this week's edition of the British political magazine, The Spectator, with a front front cover saying "Arrivederci, Italy" and an article that speaks about a "very European tragedy". READ  

Italy spies on foreigners over terrorism fears
The secret services have been paying greater attention to foreigners in Italy over the past few days, the report said. Border photo: Shutterstock

Italy spies on foreigners over terrorism fears

National and international secret services have upped their reports and warnings on foreigners living in or transiting through Italy, over fears of possible terrorist attacks, according to a media report on Thursday. READ  

Ebola outbreak
Child banned from Rome school over Ebola fears
The girl was stopped from going back to the school in Fiumicino, Rome province. School photo: Shutterstock

Child banned from Rome school over Ebola fears

A three-year-old girl has been banned from a school in Rome after a holiday to Uganda, over fears that she may have contracted the deadly Ebola disease present in other African countries. READ  

Soldier killed in Ottawa was Italian-Canadian
An Ottawa police officer stands guard near the National War Memorial in Ottawa where a soldier was shot on Wednesday. Photo: Mike Carroccetto/Getty Images North America/AFP

Soldier killed in Ottawa was Italian-Canadian

Nathan Cirillo, the soldier killed when a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on Wednesday, was of Italian origin, according to Italian news reports. READ  

Matteo Renzi denies Italy 'flunked' 2015 budget
Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Italy has met its fiscal requirements. Photo: John Thys/AFP

Matteo Renzi denies Italy 'flunked' 2015 budget

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi rebutted a report on Wednesday that Italy’s budget is set to be “humiliatingly sanctioned” by Brussels. READ  

Immigration in Italy
Italy issues most permits in EU for family reasons
Ferries arriving in Genoa. The city is the first point of entry for many Moroccan citizens to Italy. Photo: Carlo Mirante/Flickr

Italy issues most permits in EU for family reasons

Italy last year granted more first-time residence permits to non-EU citizens for family reasons than any other EU country, a new report has revealed. READ  

Italy steps closer to EU budget warning
Sending Italy and France back to the drawing board would be unprecedented for the EU.EU photo: Shutterstock

Italy steps closer to EU budget warning

Italy and France moved a step closer on Wednesday to having their budgets humiliatingly sanctioned by Brussels, with four other countries also in the EU danger zone, a European source said. READ  

Sport hero Cannavaro probed over €1m fraud
Fabio Cannavaro led Italy to glory in Germany in 2006. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Sport hero Cannavaro probed over €1m fraud

UPDATED: Italy's World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro is being investigated on suspicion of running a sham company to avoid paying more than €1 million in tax, Italian authorities announced on Wednesday. READ  

Woman suffers racist 'Ebola' attack in Rome
The woman was helped by a group of people waiting at a bus stop. Bus photo: Shutterstock

Woman suffers racist 'Ebola' attack in Rome

A Guinean woman has been attacked on a Rome bus and accused of having the deadly Ebola disease, which has recently hit West Africa, Italian media reported on Wednesday. READ  

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Frisky Slovak lashes out after sauna ejection
This is not the sauna in the story. Photo: Sauna in Gastein, Austria / Alpentherme Gastein

Frisky Slovak lashes out after sauna ejection

A 30-year-old Slovak man was arrested for assault after lashing out at a sauna employee when he was being ejected from the sauna where he had been canoodling with his 26-year-old girlfriend. READ  

Red faces at Migros over Hitler coffee cream pots
Photo: AFP

Red faces at Migros over Hitler coffee cream pots

Swiss retailer Migros apologized on Wednesday for what it said was a string of errors which put coffee cream with the faces of Hitler and Mussolini in cafes in the Alpine country. READ  

Satirist lives the dream on EU gravy train
Sonneborn in the EU Parliament. Photo: DPA

Satirist lives the dream on EU gravy train

Martin Sonneborn can’t believe his luck. The German comedian, leader of the political party “Die Partei”, managed to get elected to the European Parliament in May, and has found himself overwhelmed with fresh material. READ  

Denmark's central bank to stop producing money
The outsourcing of banknote and coin production will result in 100 million kroner in savings, the bank said. Photo: Colourbox

Denmark's central bank to stop producing money

With more and more people paying with credit cards and their smartphones, Denmark’s central bank Nationalbanken says it no longer pays to print banknotes or mint coins. READ  

Wild weather
Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands
The autumn storm saw businesses and garages flooded while landslides caused road closures. Screen grab: YouTube/Agustin Cabeza

Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands

Heavy rain caused chaos in the Canary Island city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Sunday with one woman dying after she found herself trapped underneath a parked car during flash flooding. READ  

Fear of 'armed clowns' grips northern France
Reports of armed clown attacks have sparked a panic in Northern France. Photo: Shutterstock

Fear of 'armed clowns' grips northern France

UPDATED: There was both panic - and a good deal of skepticism - in several small towns in northern France this week after students reported they had been followed or threatened by an armed clown in three separate incidents. READ  

Norway's 'killer robot' technology under fire
Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide under fire about new autonomous missile technology. Photo: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix

Norway's 'killer robot' technology under fire

The Norwegian government is set to develop a new controversial robot-controlled missile for its fighter jets, but faces opposition from MPs and peace organizations claiming the technology may break international law. READ  

Stockholm 'Russian sub' alert
Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat
Commanding officer Jonas Wikström holds a press conference after reports of foreign underwater activity in Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: Anders Wiklund

Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat

UPDATED: Sweden's military has deployed planes and ships in the Stockholm Archipelago against what it says is a foreign threat in the waters, with the size of the operation unchanged overnight. READ  

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