Crispian Balmer
Crispian Balmer
Reuters' chief correspondent, Italy, based in Rome. Previously in Jerusalem, Paris, Milan and Madrid. Comments are my own, not Reuters etc etc.Source
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'A beautiful day' in Italy, as shops and bars finally reopen

'A beautiful day' in Italy, as shops and bars finally reopen

United States ROME (Reuters) - Italian shops, hairdressers and restaurants finally threw open their doors on Monday as the country sped up efforts to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis after a 10-week lockdown. Customers could once again sip their morning cappuccino at the bar, albeit well spaced from other clients, and public Masses were allowed again in churches after bishops put pressure on the government to sanction religious services. “I haven’t worked for two and a half months. It’s a beautiful, exciting day,” said Valentino Casanova, a barman in Caffe Canova in Rome’s central...

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Masked and standing apart, the world tiptoes out of lockdown

Masked and standing apart, the world tiptoes out of lockdown

United Kingdom ROME/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Italy and the United States were among a slew of countries tentatively easing coronavirus lockdowns on Monday to revive economies as global deaths surpassed a quarter of a million. World leaders and organisations pledged $8 billion to fund a possible vaccine and treatments, many hoping explicitly to ensure that no country on Earth would be left out, but the United States did not contribute. Italy, among the world’s hardest-hit countries, allowed about 4.5 million people to return to work after nearly two months at home. Construction work can resume...

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Ruling Italian coalition reaches deal over public tenders, in sign of improved relations

Ruling Italian coalition reaches deal over public tenders, in sign of improved relations

United States ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s ruling parties, the League and 5-Star Movement, reached a deal on Tuesday over an overhaul of convoluted public tender rules in a sign that the coalition government is finally overcoming weeks of infighting. The accord came the day after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte threatened to quit unless the two parties stopped their constant feuding, pushing the government to the edge of collapse just a year after it was formed. Spurred on by his ultimatum, the leaders of the League and 5-Star, Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, spoke by telephone for the first...

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Looking to moderate image, Italy's Salvini says his League party isn't far right

Looking to moderate image, Italy's Salvini says his League party isn't far right

Italy’s Matteo Salvini denied on Thursday that his League party is a far-right group, instead portraying it as a moderate force that wants to broaden its appeal to metropolitan voters who have previously shunned it. The anti-immigration League is allied to nationalist groups in Europe, such as Austria’s Freedom Party and France’s National Rally, but after a recent election setback Salvini looks keen to moderate his image at home. “We are not the radical right. We don’t have ambitions to be presented as the radical right in Italy,” said Salvini, who quit government last year and is the de...

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Feb 17
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Coordinated anti-Trump campaign emerges on Instagram: study

Coordinated anti-Trump campaign emerges on Instagram: study

United States ROME (Reuters) - Accounts tagged ‘hatetrump’ and ‘ihatetrump’ are part of a coordinated campaign to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump that has emerged on social media site Instagram, an independent study has revealed. The photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it was investigating the report and had already removed some of the profiles it highlighted. Malign online attacks against Trump’s opponents have been well documented, most notably in the 2016 presidential election campaign, when Russian trolls allegedly flooded social media sites to undermine...

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May 20
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