Italian men ‘Europe’s hottest’: survey

Italian men have been ranked Europe's most desirable, in a new survey looking at people's preferred nationality when it comes to finding their dream partner.

Italian men 'Europe's hottest': survey
Italian actor Raoul Bova. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

It’s official: for European women, Italian lovers are top of the heap.

They were ranked as the most attractive partners by a majority of the British, Spanish and Portuguese women aged between 18 and 35 in a survey of 50,000 people from seven countries across Europe run by the travel site Go Euro. 

But Italian women were overshadowed by their Spanish counterparts with men from Italy, France, Britain, Belgium, Germany and Portugal all saying they preferred women from Spain when it comes to choosing someone for a romantic date.

British men came second, surprisingly beating French lovers and undermining French romantic stereotypes.

British respondents fell in line with European trends with 29 percent of British women voting Italian men as top European lovers and 30 percent of British men also opting for a romantic date with a Spanish woman.

“It is obvious that Europeans like to flirt with other Europeans from all different nationalities,” comments Benjamin Bak, CEO and co-founder of social dating app Lovoo, used to collect the survey results.

"This is especially true during the summer months when many people use the app to flirt and meet people while travelling and on holiday."

Forty-five percent of Italian men liked Spanish women most, as did their European counterparts, and 43 percent of Italian women also said they preferred Spaniards.  

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Brussels warns Italy to rein in public spending amid pandemic

Most EU member states should continue to invest to support the continent's economic recovery, but heavily-indebted Italy should rein in public spending, the European Commission warned on Wednesday.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi expects the country's GDP to recover in the coming year. Photo: Alessandra Tarantino / POOL / AFP

“The economy is bouncing back from the recession, driven by a rebound in demand across Europe,” EU executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis said.

“But we are not out of the woods yet. The economic outlook remains riddled with uncertainty,” he said, warning that the coronavirus is still spreading, prices are rising and supply chains face disruption.

Despite these unpredictable threats, European officials predict a strong recovery, and want eurozone governments to maintain their “moderately supportive fiscal stance” to support investment.

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Italy, however, remains a worry. Its public debt passed 155 percent of its GDP last year, and Brussels is worried that it is still budgeting to spend too much next year.

“In order to contribute to the pursuit of a prudent fiscal policy, the Commission invites Italy to take the necessary measures within the national budgetary process to limit the growth of nationally financed current expenditure,” the commission report said.

The commission did not say by how much Italy’s spending plans should be reduced, and its recommendation is not binding on the government.

The European Union suspended its fiscal discipline rules last year, allowing eurozone members to boost their public spending to help their economies survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the European commissioner for the economy, former Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni, said governments should now “gradually pivot fiscal measures towards investments”.

“Policies should be differentiated across the euro area to take into account the state of the recovery and fiscal sustainability,” he said.

“Reducing debt in a growth-friendly manner is not necessarily an oxymoron.”

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, a former European Central Bank chief, has said Italy’s economy is recovering after the pandemic-induced recession.

Draghi forecast economic growth this year of “probably well over six percent” in a statement on October 28th.

Italy’s GDP rate grew by 2.6% in the third quarter of 2021.

While economists don’t expect Italian GDP to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels until 2022, ratings agency Standard & Poor has revised its outlook for Italian debt from stable to positive.