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Italian architect Renzo Piano to design new Genoa bridge

Italian architect Renzo Piano to design new Genoa bridge

Authorities in Genoa have picked a design by Italy's most famous living architect, Renzo Piano, to replace the collapsed Morandi Bridge.

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Together is a powerful word. It’s one that - no matter what - evokes feelings of love and joy. Geneva, a Swiss gem at the gateway to the Alps, is the ideal place to get together in 2019, and this is why.

 
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A big, fat Italian Christmas: how Italy does it bigger and better

A big, fat Italian Christmas: how Italy does it bigger and better

Because there's no such thing as going over the top at Christmas.

How to survive an Italian Christmas Party

How to survive an Italian Christmas Party

Being invited to a Christmas party is a sure sign you're settling in to your adopted country. But be careful - festive gatherings can be a minefield for foreigners unaware of Italian social etiquette.

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Our geographically-savvy readers are probably already aware that Estonia is not part of the Nordics (yet). It is, however, very close to its Nordic neighbours, both physically and culturally.

 
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What Italy's new laws mean for your citizenship application
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What Italy's new laws mean for your citizenship application

As a new decree makes it harder to obtain Italian citizenship, we look at what the changes mean for those who are applying.

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

Iceland may have a population of just over 330,000 people (all with equally unpronounceable names) but that doesn't stop it churning out a stream of globally-renowned people. Take our quiz to discover your Icelandic spirit animal.

 
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Italian producers toast record prosecco sales worldwide

Italian producers toast record prosecco sales worldwide

Demand is soaring for Italian bubbles, with most bottles of fizz going to the UK and US.

Italian word of the day: 'Squillo'

Italian word of the day: 'Squillo'

Today's word will help you get in touch with your Italian friends, quite literally.

'Truffle tourism' worth 63 million euros in Italy

'Truffle tourism' worth 63 million euros in Italy

Truffle fairs and truffle hunting tours have attracted some 120,000 visitors to Italy this year so far.

12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Italy

12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Italy

When you move to Italy, you're bound to make a few mistakes before you settle into la dolce vita. Here are a few to look out for...

Italy offers to lower deficit, but EU says it's not enough

Italy offers to lower deficit, but EU says it's not enough

Italy's offer to lower its deficit is 'a step in the right direction' but not enough to win the European Commission's approval for its big-spending 2019 budget, Brussels officials say.

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German automakers denounce 'unrealistic' EU emissions targets

German automakers denounce 'unrealistic' EU emissions targets

German and other European automakers warned Tuesday that EU plans to slash carbon dioxide emissions from new cars and vans by 2030 are "totally unrealistic" without a network to recharge electric cars and more effort to retrain workers.

 

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Finding a home in the Italian countryside: a survivors' guide

Finding a home in the Italian countryside: a survivors' guide

Two couple who renovated a sprawling farmhouse outside Rome share the lessons they learned about buying property in rural Italy, the hard way.

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 Italy 'optimistic' budget changes will stop EU penalties

Italy 'optimistic' budget changes will stop EU penalties

Cuts have been made to the ruling parties' flagship polices of income support and a lower retirement age.

OPINION: Why are there so few women in Italy’s most powerful jobs?

OPINION: Why are there so few women in Italy’s most powerful jobs?

When the Italian government sat down with heads of industry to discuss the budget this week, there was something noticeably missing from the picture: women.

Italian police arrest rowdy German football fans after clashes in Rome

Italian police arrest rowdy German football fans after clashes in Rome

Italian police on Thursday arrested five Eintracht Frankfurt fans after clashes near the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where their team beat Lazio in the Europa League.

Give kids less homework over Christmas, says minister

Give kids less homework over Christmas, says minister

Italy’s Education Minister is asking schools to reduce the amount of homework over the holidays so that children can spend more time with family.

Mount Etna is sliding towards the sea and now we know why

Mount Etna is sliding towards the sea and now we know why

Each year Mount Etna in Sicily slides a little closer to the sea. Researchers believe the effect is caused by gravity – making it more likely that the volcano could collapse altogether.

How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

For many of the 1.2 million Brits living in the EU, as well as the 3 million EU citizens in the UK, a no-deal Brexit threatens a spate of life-changing repercussions. And the process is taking a toll on people's mental health.

Weekend Wanderlust: Inside San Marino, Europe’s least-visited country

Weekend Wanderlust: Inside San Marino, Europe’s least-visited country

What to expect when you visit the curious mountaintop capital of this ancient independent city-state, surrounded by Italy.

It's official: extra-virgin olive oil has medical benefits

It's official: extra-virgin olive oil has medical benefits

Like nonna, American FDA medical advice now tells us to drink two spoonfuls of fresh, extra-virgin olive oil per day.

EU tells Italy: 'No special treatment for France' over budget rules

EU tells Italy: 'No special treatment for France' over budget rules

European Commissioner said "The rules are the same for everybody" after Italian ministers cried foul over deficit rules.