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'Nationalism will rise unless EU borders protected': Merkel
The German Chancellor with Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, in Rome on Thursday. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

The German Chancellor was in Rome to discuss Europe's migrant crisis.

Travel alert
US passports now need six months validity for Italy
Photo: Kat/Flickr

Until recently, only three months were required for Italy.

Banksy's biggest collection of works get Rome display
The largest ever collection of artist Banksy's work is set to be exhibited in Rome. Salvatore Vastano/AFP

The pieces have all been leased from private collections.

Naples bids to smash world record with 2km pizza
The current record is held by a 1595 metre pizza built in Milan, pictured above. Photo: AFP Photo / Olivier Morin

The monster margherita will be baked along the city's seafront.

Italy's long-awaited gay unions bill ready for final vote
Italy's Senate approved the civil unions bill in February. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The lower house of parliament will vote on the bill on May 12th.

Glamorous M5S candidate tops Rome mayor race
The Five Star Movement's Virginia Raggi is leading the race to become Rome's mayor. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Virginia Raggi of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), is leading polls to become mayor of the capital.

Refugee crisis
EU leaders meet amid Italy fears of new migrant influx
Matteo Renzi fears Italy will become the new migrant frontline after the closure of the so-called Balkan route. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

As the EU braces for more turbulence notably with next month's "Brexit" referendum in Britain as well as renewed Greek debt talks, Italy is keen to keep the focus on forging a joint plan over migrants.

Food-nabbing gulls go beserk in Venice's St Mark's Square
Venice is contemplating spraying Saint Mark's square with gull repellent to stop the aggressive birds from attacking people. Photo: Bryce Edwards/Flickr

“We are trying to protect ourselves as best we can but the birds no longer fear humans.”

Ranieri is 'King of England', says his 96-year-old mum
Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri (C) is mobbed by fans as he leaves an Italian restaurant after having lunch with the team on Tuesday. Justin Tallis/AFP

"I started crying at the end of the game."

Disgraced Italian surgeon defends work in first interview
Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini has defended himself in an interview with a Swedish magazine. Photo: Lorenzo Galassi/TT/AP

"The complications are not related to the transplant."

Features
Why the baby brain can learn two languages at same time
How do babies learn language? Photo: Irene Zaccari / Flickr

Is it confusing for babies to learn two languages simultaneously?

Shakespeare and Italy: A literary love affair
Tuscany (photo: Public domain/Flickr) and Shakespeare (Wikimedia Commons). But did he ever set foot in Italy?

To mark 400 years since William Shakespeare's death, we look back at the Bard's particular fondness for Italy.

My Italian career
How I went from teaching in Italy to working for the UN
Jonathan Moody's Italian odyssey has taken him from TEFL teacher to UN worker. Photo: Genevieve Lavoie Mathieu

Jonathan Moody came to Rome as an English teacher but now works for the UN.

The Local list
Bizarre Italian food rules foreigners fall foul of
Parmesan on seafood pasta? Sacrilege! Photo: Ben Sutherland/Flickr

Yes, Italian food is delicious. But before you dine out with Italians, you need to know some rules.

The Local list
The strange history behind five everyday Italian words
Photo: Tim Green

We bet you've said at least one of these words today - but did you know what it actually means?

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Migrants get Pakistani chef amid 'bad' Italian food revolt
Migrants in Emilia-Romagna have been given a new Pakistani cook after they complained about the Italian food on offer. Renata F. Olivera/Flickr

“Many of us have eaten Italian food before in England and Germany, and it was better than this.”

Italians plan third refugee demo at Austrian border
Graffiti at the Brenner border. Jörg Wojahn/Twitter

A third protest against border controls is set to take place this Saturday at the Brenner border between Italy and Austria.

Brexit
Brexit would leave expats in 'ghastly' legal limbo for years
Photo: Paul Lloyd/FLickr

The rights of two million Britons living in the EU would be thrown into doubt for years after Brexit, a new report will conclude.

The Who name two Italian dates for 50th anniversary
The Who have announced two concerts in Italy this summer. Photo: Theo Wargo/AFP/Getty Images

The legendary British rockers will play in Bologna and Rome this September.

Microsoft buys Italian startup in 'internet of things' push
Microsoft has bought the Italian firm Solair. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP

The move comes as part of Microsoft's aim of connecting everyday objects to the internet.

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From our other editions
Friendly neighbour wins lawn ownership
What a mower might look like. Photo: SeppVei/Wikimedia

An Austrian businessman whose neighbour used to mow his garden has now lost a huge chunk of it after the court decided cutting the grass gave the neighbour the right to own the land.

Anger as Basel pool bans 'maxi burqinis'
Australian model Mecca Laalaa in a tight-fitting Islamic swimsuit, or burqini. File photo: AFP

What lies behind controversial rule changes at a pool in the Swiss city of Basel?

Why Germans get wholly wasted on Ascension Day
Young men in Schleswig-Holstein go for their annual chug and stroll on Ascension Day - which is also Father's Day. Photo: DPA.

In Germany, Himmelfahrt is not just about honouring Jesus' ascent into heaven - it's also Father's Day, and sees a tripling of alcohol-related accidents. The Local explains why.

Denmark unable to process or issue visas
The Danish Immigration Service promised to post updates on its website. Photo: Colourbox

IT problems have completely shut down the visa application process and no fix is in sight.

Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull, who is leading the seminar on exorcism. Photo: Public domain/Wikimedia Commons.

The lecture includes such topics as "the devil, exorcisms, being possessed and hell".

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