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British gig-goers told to be vigilant in Italy

The British Embassy has warned music fans heading to festivals and concerts across Italy this summer to keep their possessions safe from thieves.

British gig-goers told to be vigilant in Italy
Concert-goers are warned to be vigilant of thieves. Photo: tm/Wikicommons

“Within a minute, we turned round, the bag was gone”, said a concert-goer in a video clip released by the British Embassy. 

 

“I’d been warned but you never think it’s going to happen to you”, added another.

The video’s message – “Make sure you spend your time at the festival, not with us” – aims to encourage music fans and tourists to keep their belongings safe.

"Two simple steps can help you avoid becoming a victim of crime at festivals and busy tourist locations," said David Broomfield, the British Consul in Rome.

"First, treat your passport as a valuable document: if it gets lost or stolen you’ll spend your holiday applying for a travel document to get you home. Leave it at your hotel, and carry a photocopy with you. Second, keep your valuables with you at all times, and keep an eye on them. A bag over the back of a chair or on the floor in a restaurant or bar is such an easy target."

The Consul said that getting a replacement passport is both time-consuming and expensive. Requests for replacements are always busier during the festival season and tourist season. The more cases that could be prevented, the better, the Consul said.

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ITALY

Italy’s Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report

Ex-PM Matteo Renzi would like to see former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi become prime minister of Italy, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Italy's Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report
Matteo Renzi. Image: Andreas Solaro/ POOL / AFP

“I would say that is one of our proposals,” confirmed the source, who declined to be named.

The Italian government collapsed last week when PM Giuseppe Conte resigned. The former coalition allies are currently trying to come to an agreement and sort out their differences.

The centre-left government had been in turmoil ever since former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party earlier this month, a move that forced Conte to step down this week.

During the past year, Renzi frequently criticised Conte’s management of the pandemic and economic crisis.

Italy’s La Stampa newspaper also reported on Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella was considering Draghi for the prime ministerial role. However, Mattarella’s office promptly denied this, saying there had been no contact between them.

So far, there has been no comment from Draghi, who hasn't been seen much in the public eye since 2019.


Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, gave ruling parties more time on Friday to form a new government, after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. 

Coalition parties Italia Viva, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement must come to an agreement to allow the government to heal. 

Renzi, a former prime minister himself, has pubilcly stated that he does not want to talk about who should lead the next government at this stage, reasoning that the parties need to agree on a way forward first.

“Any effort today to fuel a discussion about Draghi is offensive to Draghi and above all to the president of the republic,” Renzi said in an interview published on Sunday with Corriere della Sera.

A senior Italia Viva lawmaker also told Reuters that “If the president gives a mandate to Draghi, we would certainly support this”. 

Renzi, whose party is not even registering three percent support in opinion polls, quit the coalition over Conte’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his plans for spending more than 200 billion euros from a European Union fund to help Italy’s damaged economy.

READ ALSO: Why do Italy's governments collapse so often?

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