75% of Venice under water after unusually high tide strikes famed city (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Venice’s iconic piazzas are covered in water, not pigeons, as three-quarters of the city is submerged following a storm that brought strong winds, rose water levels, and toppled trees. Water levels rose more than five feet (156cm / 61.4 inches), with photos showing locals and tourists wading their way through it.

Italy Resists EU Calls to Slap Sanctions Over Cyber Attacks – Reports

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands and the UK reportedly sent a memo to the other European bloc member urging them to update their sanctions list with penalties, which cyber crimes they think should carry. Italy is opposing a European Union push to slap sanctions on countries that carry out cyberattacks, a confidential EU document […]

‘We’ll close our airports!’ Salvini resists Germany’s plans to send migrants back to Italy

Rome has still not reached an agreement with Berlin on the repatriation of asylum seekers who had first registered in Italy, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said, vowing to close airports to German flights transferring refugees. “If someone in Berlin or Brussels thinks of dumping dozens of migrants in Italy via unauthorized charter flights, they should […]

Italy’s Flight From Eurozone Would Be Liberation, Not Punishment – Eurexit Chief

The European Commission launched an attack on Italy’s government this week, expressing its “serious concern” over Rome’s spending plans and claiming they violate EU fiscal rules. Speaking to Sputnik, lawyer and Eurexit Association president Francesca Donato explained why the latent conflict between Rome and Brussels is likely to escalate.

People Who Want to Look Like Barbie, Ken Need Psychotherapist – Plastic Surgeon

More and more people in Italy are asking plastic surgeons to make them look like Barbie or Ken. Carlo Gasperoni, an associate professor in aesthetic surgery at the University of Rome Tor Vergata commented on the issue in an interview with Sputnik.

Austrian FPO Party Seeks Italian Lega’s Help in Closing E Alps Migration Route

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) congratulated Italy’s Lega party on achieving great results in the election, expressing hope that both parties would succeed in closing the Brenner Pass on the Italian-Austrian border, a migrant route in the eastern Alps, Roman Haider, the FPO’s foreign policy spokesman, told Sputnik on Monday.

Europe must be rebuilt around people, not bureaucracy – leader of Italy’s anti-EU Lega Nord

Europe should be rebuilt around people, not bureaucracy, said Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Euroskeptic Lega Nord party, after the group made considerable gains in the country’s general election. Salvini’s party won over 18 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election, according to preliminary results.

Italy, the Trailblazer? Breaking Euro, EU, NATO Bonds Best For Country

To be “born again” Italy needs to ditch the euro, break away from NATO and the EU and become an ally of Russia, political analyst Lorenzo Valloreja told Sputnik Italy. Lorenzo Valloreja outlined his ideas in his book, titled “Beyond Prejudice” (“Al Di La’ Del Pregiudizio”), which will be presented to the public at the Italian […]

‘Putin’s Russia is Europe’s Main Ally in Fight Against Extremism’

Matteo Salivini, leader of Italian opposition Lega Nord party, told Sputnik on Friday that the extension of the European Union’s anti-Russian sanctions was “absurd,” since the restrictive measures were damaging for the economies of both Italy and the entire 28-member-bloc.

Unable to Harm Russia With Own Sanctions, US ‘Made EU a Tool in Its Policy’

Former Italian Prime Minister and European Commission ex-president Romano Prodi called on Europe to scrap immediately the anti-Russian sanctions, before US president Donald Trump does it first.

NATO Presence in Europe is Like ‘Spartan Troops in Athens in Ancient Times’

About 1,000 protesters participated on Saturday in a demonstration against NATO bases in the city of Vicenza, located in northeastern Italy. “The problem of the presence of NATO in Italy is a problem felt all around Italy. If you want to have an image of what NATO means in Europe, you have to think about […]



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