Italians probe American habits in hilarious video

A video by BuzzFeed about Italians' mostly stereoptypical habits has been met with a hilarious response in Italy.

Italians probe American habits in hilarious video
An Italian comedy group has posted a video of questions Italians have for Americans. Photo: The Jackal/YouTube

For anyone who hasn't had the video, called 'Questions Americans have for Italians', clogging up their Facebook news feed over the past week, it basically involves ten or so Americans asking questions about Italy that tend not to stray very far from stereotype.

The probing and pointed demands involved such banal musings as “Do you guys eat pasta every day?” and “Can I actually see a Super Mario in Italy?”. Needless to say, it was hugely popular.

Irked by the popularity of BuzzFeed's viral video, many Italians have already posted videos on YouTube answering their questions. However, one new video is threatening to out-perform the original.

The Italian comedy group, The Jackal, has put together its own video list of amusing questions entitled 'Questions Italians have for Americans'.

The result was posted on Tuesday and dedicated to 'our friends at BuzzFeed'. It is an interesting window on how Italians see Americans.

The questions range from Italians' perplexity about American dining habits, to their obsession with fire arms and even the election of George Bush as President.

Answers on a postcard – or in a viral YouTube video – please.  

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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.

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