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  • Among the the European Union's 28 members, all but Italy and a handful of East European countries do not yet recognize civil unions, and the EU has been prodding Italy toward taking action. This Thursday the Italian Parliament begins debate on a divisive bill that would make civil unions fully legal, over Catholic opposition.
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(March 24, 2015)
    After six years of work and planning, EXPO 2015 opens in Milan in less than five weeks, and you can almost hear the organizers’ sighs of relief as work on the pavilions is being completed, and the goal of selling 10 million tickets before its official opening May 1 looms within sight. Organizers of this ambitious world’s fair on the theme “Nourish the Planet, Energy for Life” report that distributors, travel agencies worldwide and on-line booking agencies have already acquired 8.5 million tickets.
  • As the only country left in Western Europe to not have same-sex marriage legalized, Italy is taking steps regionally to provide more rights to homosexual couples. This Monday, the transcription of gay marriages performed abroad was ruled in favor of the gay plaintiffs.
  • 8.5 million people have already bought their tickets for the Expo Milano 2015 collaboration with big name Italian fashion designers, the theme of which is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. Giorgio Armani is scheduled to open the Expo as special ambassador on April 30th with his Privé Haute Couture line fashion show.
  • Letizia Moratti and Giuliano Pisapia before the incumbent Mayor's faux pas
    Facts & Stories
    Alice Bonvicini(May 12, 2011)
    On the Eve of the Italian local elections, Letizia Moratti, the Berlusconian mayoral candidate in Milan, slanders his opponent. A few hours later New York City is covered with posters of her face