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EU spurs eurosceptics with debt warning: Letta

EU spurs eurosceptics with debt warning: Letta

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta accused Brussels of playing into the hands of eurosceptics on Friday in a sharp rebuke to a European Commission warning on Italy's high debt levels.

'It's more awkward as a Muslim woman at home'

'It's more awkward as a Muslim woman at home'

Sarita Agerman, from the UK, chose Bologna on a whim for her Erasmus placement and never imagined she'd return after graduating. She speaks to The Local about being a Muslim in Italy and becoming a permanent resident.

'Invisible man' highlights threat to Venice

'Invisible man' highlights threat to Venice

From the ruins of his Beijing art studio to the canals of Venice, artist Liu Bolin has been painted into cityscapes worldwide. He speaks to The Local about his Hiding in the City project and why he's worried about one of Italy's most famous cities.

The battle between Berlusconi and Alfano

The battle between Berlusconi and Alfano

The feud between Silvio Berlusconi and Angelino Alfano has been splashed across front pages for weeks now. But who are these two men, why are they fighting and what does it mean for Italy? The Local finds out.

Vatican plays down mafia 'threat' against Pope

Vatican plays down mafia 'threat' against Pope

The Vatican has downplayed a warning that Pope Francis could be targeted by the mafia because of his reforms to Holy See financial bodies.

Italian court allows gay couple to foster child

Italian court allows gay couple to foster child

A judge in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, has sparked controversy after placing a three-year-old child in the temporary care of a gay couple, in a case thought to be unprecedented in Italy, where it is illegal for gay couples to adopt.

Rome mayor supports gay marriage

Rome mayor supports gay marriage

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino has thrown his support behind gay marriage, saying Italy has a "backwards" approach to people's rights.

Italian MP 'doubts' Osama Bin Laden's death

Italian MP 'doubts' Osama Bin Laden's death

An Italian MP cast doubt on the 2011 killing of Osama Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda leader, during a parliamentary speech on Thursday about Afghanistan.

Tourists trade tricycles and ponies for hotel stay

Tourists trade tricycles and ponies for hotel stay

A tricyle, Coca Cola memorabilia and a pony will all be accepted as payment for a room in hotels across Italy as part of National Barter Week. The Local takes a closer look at some of the best - and bizarre - deals being negotiated.

80-year-old grandmother 'sold cocaine and meth'

80-year-old grandmother 'sold cocaine and meth'

A grandmother has been arrested in Rome after allegedly selling cocaine and methadone through the window of her home in Rome.

Italy's Oscar hopeful plugs film in Hollywood

Italy's Oscar hopeful plugs film in Hollywood

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino was in Hollywood this month to promote his latest movie, which he is hoping will make it on to the foreign film Oscar nominees' shortlist.

Apple says it pays full share of tax in Italy

Apple says it pays full share of tax in Italy

US tech giant Apple said on Thursday that it fully pays the taxes it owes everywhere, and was confident that a tax evasion probe in Italy would find it in compliance.