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03-Jun-13 13:03. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (418)

Bartering flourishing in Italy

Bartering markets are flourishing in Italy and it is probably a consequence of the crisis but also a sign of a way of consuming and sharing what people already have. It is a new way of living, and seeing things. Following the boost of the swapping economy promoted in the USA, Italians too have embraced barter as a new trend based on the roots of economy.


03-Jun-13 12:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (123)

Corporate failures soar in Italy

It’s a hard time for Italian companies. In the first quarter of 2013 bankruptcies in the Italian business have reached a new high of 3,500 procedures initiated, an increase of 12% over the same period of 2012. According to “Cerved” data the compositions with creditors grew by 76%. On the whole, business closures have consistently increased: in the first three months, there are about 23 thousand companies that have initiated insolvency proceedings or voluntary liquidation, an increase of 7% over the same period of 2012. In addition to failures, in fact, closures continue to grow: 19 thousand companies with no previous bankruptcy proceedings have voluntarily decided to close. 5.8% more than last year.


24-May-13 14:51. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (145)

Audio recording of Olive Besagni's talk at St Luke's now available

Olive Besagni - a major contributor to the old Backhill magazines - recently gave a talk with Elena Salvoni about their memories of little Italy. You can hear a 20 minute audio recording of the event by going to "" The event was hosted by St Luke's Community Centre, Central Street Cookery School and Garibaldi & Gelato, a Heritage Lottery funded project exploring the history and food of Clerkenwell's Little Italy


14-May-13 12:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (145)

Emiglia Romagna hit by tornado

A huge tornado has struck the Emilia-Romagna region, already devastated by an earthquake and subsequent aftershocks last summer, when 27 people were killed and hundreds of buildings destroyed. Luckily this time there have not been any deaths but 12 people injured and serious damages to houses, buildings and crops, but the governor of Emilia-Romagna has asked the central government to declare a state of emergency for the catastrophic damages.


14-May-13 12:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (186)

Record number of Women in Letta's cabinet

Letta’s Government can boast the highest proportion of women in an Italian Government. The news comes as a surprise if we consider that according to a study by the Inter Parliamentary Union, until the last election, the number of women in the Italian legislature was lower than that in Afghanistan.


07-May-13 14:54. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Letta's Government - The New face of Old Politics?

After two months of tribulation Italy finally has its new Government. Enrico Letta (46) is the new Prime minister. Born in Pisa, Letta spent part of his Childhood in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa where he also received his Ph.D. in European Community Law at the Scuola Superiore "S. Anna ". At 25 he was president of the Young European People's Party. With the first D'Alema Government he became, at the age of 32, the youngest minister in the history of the Republic. In 2001 he became a member of the chamber of deputies, and in 2004 a member of the European parliament. Secretary to the Prime Minister in the second Prodi Government, Letta was re-elected to the chamber of deputies in 2008 and in 2009 was appointed vice secretary of the democratic Party. Enrico Letta’s Government has to face a very sceptical public opinion and has been defined as the new face of the old politics.


25-Apr-13 17:13. By John Besagni | Comments (3)

Little Italy Un Ricordo Wed 8th May 2013

Come and listen to talks by Olive Besagni and Elena Salvoni about their memories of Little Italy and sample some delicious home-cooked Italian antipasti. Hosted by St Luke’s Community Centre Central Street Cookery School & Garibaldi & Gelato A Heritage Lottery Funded Project Exploring the history and food of Clerkenwell’s Little Italy


25-Apr-13 17:06. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

17% of Italian children living under the poverty line?

Over the past decade, Italy has been the slowest growing economy in the Euro zone. The growing impoverishment of Italy (according to the retailers’ association “Confcommercio”, by the end of 2013 over 4 million Italians would be living in absolute poverty) has already had a strong impact on children and adolescents. According to a recent report by the United nations children’s fund (UNICEF) about two million Italian children are already poor. What is more, Italy spends only four percent of its total social expenditure on social services for children.


16-Apr-13 16:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Attendances up at Vinitaly

“Vinitaly”, the international wine exhibition held in Verona every year has just concluded. The four days event, from the 6th to the 9th of April 2013, was attended by 148 thousand people, including 53 thousand visitors from 20 countries. The 6% increase in the total number of visitors was an important result for one of the major “Made in Italy” sectors that still drives the country's balance of trade, as well as providing employment and income in local areas. The crisis in domestic consumption and the development of foreign markets pushed the industry towards an innovation that enhances the distinctiveness of the product and the link with the territory and the local culture to win the competition in the global market.


04-Apr-13 14:40. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

It's official - Italians live longer!

Italians are the population who live longest in Europe and the second in the world. The data has been revealed by the prestigious scientific magazine “Lancet”. Italian life expectancy is 81.5 years, a year and a half higher than the British. Heavy smokers, quite a sedentary lifestyle, a falling apart sanitary system, the economical crisis… What is the Italian long living secret?


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