The key to turning 116? ‘Staying single’

Emma Morano became the longest living Italian ever on Sunday when she celebrated her 116th birthday. Her secret? Staying single, apparently.

The key to turning 116? 'Staying single'
Emma Morano became the oldest Italian ever on Sunday. Photo: AllTimeTopTens/YouTube

Morano puts her longevity down to the three raw eggs she consumes each day and the fact that she has been single since she divorced, aged 39, in 1938.

“I didn't want to be under anyone's control anymore,” she told the New York Times in an interview earlier this year.

Morano is not just the oldest Italian ever, she is also the oldest person in Europe and the second oldest person alive today.

Born in 1899 she is one of just two living people to have been born in the nineteenth century.

In spite of her incredible age, Morano still lives alone in a small two-roomed apartment on the scenic shores of Lake Maggiore in northeast Italy.

She does not require any home help, but is visited each morning by one of her grandchildren, who helps to prepare her meals – including the three raw eggs she says keep her young.

Surrounded by her family and friends at home on Sunday she celebrated her 116th birthday.

To mark the occasion, she received a message from Pope Francis – who sent her a Pilgrim's badge – and Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who wished her “many happy returns, in the name of all Italians.” 

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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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