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  • In the words of Premier Giuseppe Conte, the latest Fitch Ratings signal the "solidity" of the Italian economy. And to maintain that solidity requires the country's continued support of the European Union, adds Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (BCE).
  • Fear of immigrants is an economic theme: 58% say they believe that migrants take away jobs from Italians
    This December's annual Censis Report on the Italian society and economy is not exactly what Santa ordered. Its 52d edition shows an Italy suffering from fear of the future and of migrants, and lax in investing in education.
  • Having coffee in New York with the president of Italy’s Confindustria doesn’t happen very often! But we got the chance to sit down with Vincenzo Boccia at the end of a lunch organized by the GEI (Gruppo Esponenti Italiani), where Mr. Boccia was being presented with a special award by GEI President Lucio Caputo.
  • The Gala of Vino 2017 took place at Spring Studios
    An interview with Michele Scannavini, President of the Italian Trade Agency. Italy is the number-one wine supplier in the US and has seen success after success, but the challenges continue.
  • A sour note will be heard in Italy's otherwise glorious September song: the economy. A fundamental problem: nine Italian families out of ten are relatively poorer today than were their parents back in the last century.
  • Italy's youthful Premier Matteo Renzi and his more mature Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan are talking money. On the agenda: a pending law that cuts property taxes, raises the cash limit for money transfers, and offers part-time jobs to those waiting for pensions that don't come. But there are also quarrels about public income deriving from gambling.
  • Op-Eds
    Judith Harris(August 19, 2015)
    Italy has discovered a game which, it seems, everyone else has been playing for years: “The X-door,” where players are locked into an escape room until they can fumble their way out. But the real X-door remains the economy, and latest figures show that nowhere is it easy to find the way out. Protecting the Made-in-Italy label is an important clue.
  • As European elections loom, the rhetoric heats up. But public interest remains low even though the stakes are high. In the background are the continuing recession, judiciary evidence of corruption for Expo in Milan, and the hordes of immigrants who continue to arrive, on shabby boats via Libya, and to drown. Here’s what some of the top leaders are saying or, rather, shouting during these final days before the vote May 25.
  • Eppur si muove – But even so, it moves, said Galileo Galilei after his trial. If the U.S. economy is hustling, and Europe’s is recovering after more than five years of the doldrums, Italy’s finally is showing signs of moving forward. Combined with a drop of almost 10% in purchases of imported items, sales of domestic products have risen by 7.3%. The government’s battle against tax evaders has made progress, and so far this year over last tax revenues are up by 9.1%, according to the financial daily Il Sole/24 Ore.

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