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For 70K Italians, a work commute to Switzerland

Italians in work commute to Switzerland Every day some 70,000 Italians living in northern Italy commute to work in Switzerland. Making Swiss salaries while enjoying the Italian way of life might sound like a great fit.

But despite the theories of economists and promises by politicians on European unity, workers are hitting the hard reality of ancient differences.
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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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EU emerging as new champion of free trade

Business news in English

Feeling fit after years in the economic doldrums, the European Union has become the Western world’s champion of free trade. As the U.S. continues to scrap international agreements, the world’s largest trading bloc is now holding talks with an expanded range of countries to ink bilateral deals that could remove tariffs and further expand exports.

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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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Partinico and Via Frank Zappa, a Sicilian sojourn

Via Frank Zappa

Ironically enough, musical genius Frank Zappa and a 13th century poet Cielo d’Alcamo had some important things in common. The artists so vastly disparate in time and space share an iconoclastic spirit and the colors of two neighboring cities in northwest Sicily.

The audacious American rocker blazed his own trail across genres and eras like no-one else.

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