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The remarkable rehabilitation of Silvio Berlusconi

Resurgence of Berlusconi Even in a land of imperial legends, the tale of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reached almost mythic proportions. Long basking in the glow of power and fame, he fell far as he was banished from office for tax fraud and derided for his moral failings.
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Back to the future: ‘Old’ skills to sort digital world

Fake news Italy With Italy set for national elections on March 4, Europe is again on edge, keeping a wary eye on the potential rise of populism and misinformation that could still threaten the continental union.

After elections in major European countries that returned centrist governments to power last year, Italy remains the missing piece.
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Italy lagging with low charge in electric vehicles

Electric car sales in Italy Last year Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne famously termed the notion of an electric Ferrari “obscene”.

His statement might embody Italian grandeur and love for the roar and power of a muscular high-performance engine, but it also helps explain why Italy trails other major European countries in electric car sales.
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Amid refugee crisis, a street corner of hope

Europe refugees

On a street corner near where we live, Johnson Chijioke has created a job of sorts for himself. Every morning he can be found in front of a local supermarket, available to help the elderly with their groceries. He also accepts small contributions from passersby, some of whom donate coins.

The young refugee from Nigeria is a friendly as possible as he tries to make a place for himself in the local community.

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Tones

Guitar master Al Di Meola: Italian roots that resonate

Al Di Meola, Blue Note Milan

Al Di Meola grew up hearing the name of an Italian village throughout his life: Cerreto Sannita in Benevento province. And it continues to resonate in him like a guitar on reverb.

We met the jazz fusion and world music legend at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milano where he had a wonderful show together with two other virtuosos, Sardinian guitarist Peo Alfonsi and accordion player Fausto Beccalossi.

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Places

Mandello del Lario: Manzoni meets Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi

My dad had a bright red Moto Guzzi motorbike that in its day was quite cool and sporty with its eagle wings logo. He was dating my mother, who rode sidesaddle like women did in the ’50s and ’60s.

He bought his Guzzi directly from the plant in Mandello del Lario where the Anonymous Moto Guzzi Society moved in 1921 a few months after its formal registration in Genoa.

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Unsolved

Mysterious death of dashing count, a Fiat founder

Cold case:Mysterious death in Italy The pretty Piedmont town of Fubine is steeped in fine wine and food like so many places in Italy, but it also holds a shadowy tale with all the elements of a mystery thriller – vast wealth, the founding of an industrial empire, missing important papers and untimely deaths.
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