Wednesday, February 28

Italy

European Prosecutor Seizes 170,000 Euros From Italian Mep
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European Prosecutor Seizes 170,000 Euros From Italian Mep

The European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) has seized more than €170,000 from Italian MEP Stefania Zambrelli and four associates. The seizure is part of an investigation into possible fraud with parliamentary fees. The investigation, led by the European Public Prosecutor's Office and carried out by the Italian financial police (Guardia di Finanza), looks into possible fraud involving the remuneration of four parliamentary assistants recruited in Italy. This fraud would harm the European budget. According to the evidence, the four employees involved did not carry out or only partially carried out the activities for which they were hired and tampered with the documents they were required to submit to the European Parliament. It is also suspected that the Italian MP concerne...
Berlusconi Acquitted by Court in Milan in Bunga Bunga Corruption Scandal
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Berlusconi Acquitted by Court in Milan in Bunga Bunga Corruption Scandal

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was acquitted on Wednesday by a court in Milan in a corruption case involving the so-called 'bunga bunga' parties. He was accused of bribing witnesses to lie. Milan's public prosecutor's office had demanded six years in prison against Berlusconi, 86, on charges of perjury and tampering with testimony. For the politician, who was not present at the trial, it was the umpteenth in a long line of cases he has faced in recent years, most of which he has won. The trial in Milan is an outgrowth of the 'Rubygate' scandal and the 'bunga bunga' parties with young women that took place more than a decade ago at Berlusconi's villa. The parties led to several lawsuits. Earlier, a judge in Rome also acquitted Berlusconi of similar bribery cha...
Italy Police Intervene After Protests Against Corona Pass in Trieste
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Italy Police Intervene After Protests Against Corona Pass in Trieste

Italian police intervened after days of protests in Trieste against the government's corona policy. According to Italian media, the riot police used water cannons against demonstrators who blocked part of the harbour. They chanted slogans like "freedom, freedom".   Dockworkers and their sympathizers have been demonstrating for days against the obligation to show a so-called 'green pass' when they go to work. With this pass, they can demonstrate that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recently recovered from a corona infection. The Italian policy is considered very strict compared to other EU countries, and that creates resistance. The vast majority of people over 12 in Italy have been vaccinated. Still, an estimated 40 percent of employees in the port of Trie...
Italy Lifts Entry Restrictions for Travelers From EU
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Italy Lifts Entry Restrictions for Travelers From EU

Italy will lift entry restrictions on Saturday for EU travellers who can show with a special corona pass that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, have tested negative for the virus, or recently recovered from infection.   Now this group still has to submit a negative corona test. The relaxation announced by health minister Roberto Speranza also applies to people entering from the United States, Canada or Japan. They must also be able to demonstrate that they do not pose a risk. In contrast to these countries, British travellers will have to deal with stricter rules from Saturday. They must be quarantined and tested for five days on arrival in Italy, Speranza reports on Facebook. The reason for this is the many infections with the Delta variant. In addition, the entr...
Italian Police Encounter Widespread Child Pornography
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Italian Police Encounter Widespread Child Pornography

Italian police have identified more than 400 people who have exchanged images of the sexual abuse of children.   This happened after "the largest police operation in years against the distribution of child pornography via the Internet". Police conducted an undercover investigation for two years and said photos and video footage of the abuse were distributed through 159 groups and channels on messaging services such as WhatsApp and Telegram. This includes footage of the abuse of babies. At least fifteen arrests have been made so far. Researchers identified 432 involved: 81 Italians and 351 foreigners. According to the police, suspects have different backgrounds. These are students, retirees and even a police officer. Two alleged protagonists are a 71-year-old optician from Naples...
Italy Introduces Curfew to Stop Coronavirus
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Italy Introduces Curfew to Stop Coronavirus

Italy will impose a curfew from Thursday evening to stop the resurgence of the coronavirus.   Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has signed a decree to this end, Italian media report. No one is allowed to leave without a valid reason from 10 pm to 5 am. Conte is also expected to announce other measures on Wednesday. For example, shopping centres will remain closed until December 3. Travel between the worst affected regions is being restricted. In those areas, cafes, restaurants and most shops have to close. Sports halls, cinemas and theatres in Italy are already closed. Cafés and restaurants must close by 6:00 pm, and the reception of guests at home is limited to six people. There is also a duty to mask masks. The first wave of corona severely hit Italy and now has nearly 40,000 deat...
Italy Extends State of Emergency Due to Coronavirus Till Mid-October
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Italy Extends State of Emergency Due to Coronavirus Till Mid-October

Italy extends the state of emergency due to the coronavirus to October 15. Parliament approved a government proposal on Wednesday.   Due to the state of emergency, decisions can be made more quickly in the fight against the coronavirus. More money will become available for special measures, and regional authorities will have more powers to intervene. Italy was the first European country to be hit by corona and declared a state of emergency for six months in January. It expires on Thursday. "Unfortunately, the pandemic is not completely over yet, although the effects are more controlled and regionally limited," said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. For a time, Italy was the European hotbed of the corona outbreak with crowded hospitals and massive mortality, especially in places in t...
Bishops Italy Also Want to Miss Lockdown for Easing
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Bishops Italy Also Want to Miss Lockdown for Easing

Italian bishops find it incomprehensible that Italians cannot go to Mass even after the lockdown has been relaxed. The government is also discussing this decision.   Believing Italians have been unable to attend Mass since the beginning of March. The country was primarily locked at the time because the government took far-reaching measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Most companies also had to close. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that the measures will be phased out in the coming weeks. For example, from May 18, Italians may return to libraries and museums. Conte, however, did not say a word about missing, to the chagrin of the bishops. The Italian Episcopal Conference complains in a letter to the government that "freedom of religion is being compromis...
Spain Outstrips Italy With Most Corona Infections
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Spain Outstrips Italy With Most Corona Infections

Spain has outflanked Italy as the European country with the most corona infections. The country now has 124,736 infections, and the Italian authorities registered 124,632.   This is evident from the latest figures on Saturday evening. Italy still reports the highest number of deaths, more than 15,300. In Spain, more than 11,700 people have died of the virus so far. However, there are reports from both countries that the growth in the numbers of victims and infections seems to have peaked. For example, Italy reports the lowest number of new corona deaths since March 26 with 681. The number of hospital admissions to intensive care units has also declined for the first time since the corona pandemic exploded there more than a month ago. The number of patients in the ICU departments...
More Deaths, Fewer Infections in Lombardy Italy
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More Deaths, Fewer Infections in Lombardy Italy

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in the northern region of Lombardy, the epicentre of Italy's contamination, has risen by 458 to 6818 in one day, according to a source of data.   The number of new deaths is higher than Sunday when 416 people died. The number of confirmed cases in the region, which also includes Milan, the country's financial capital, increased by 1154 to about 42,161, the source said. That increase was much smaller than the 1,592 new contamination cases registered on Sunday and the 2,117 on Saturday.