I was expecting to get hit on by Italy’s insatiable Government for daring to purchase a foreign-made product but little did I imagine how much “customs duty” could be levied on a relatively inexpensive item. In early February when I ordered and paid for a metal accordion Stand priced $ 49.99 (€ 44,93 in Euro) … More Caveat Emptor of goods not made in Italy! Occhio comprare all’estero!
Years ago, I vacated an office I had been renting in the City of Modena, Italy, one of the agro-industrial powerhouses, smack dab in the middle of Italy’s famed “Motor Valley” of Emilia-Romagna. I gave the owner of the office the required notice of termination, paid-up any outstanding amount, cleared out my personal belongings, … More Beware of Joint Liability when in Italy – Occhio alla responsabilità solidale!
Italians go to the polls today in two Regions (Emilia-Romagna and Calabria) to elect the Governors of the two Regions and the representatives of each Region’s Legislature. Calabria is a small southern region of local importance. But Emilia-Romagna is another matter altogether! It is the agricultural and industrial heartland of the North, with its rich, … More Can Italy’s Tammany Hall survive Lucia Borgonzoni’s surge?
Tomorrow, November 9, 2019, marks the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Last Sunday, the Italian newspaper, “la Stampa” published Fabio Martini’s interview of Romano Prodi and the latter’s recollection of the event that signaled the end of the “Cold War”. In the interview, Mr. Prodi was asked to explain the impact that … More Romano Prodi “expounds” upon the consequences in Italy of the fall of the Berlin Wall
Sul giornale, “la Stampa” del 3 novembre 2019, leggo l’intervista di Fabio Martini a Romano Prodi alla pagina VI dell’inserto commemorativo dello storico evento che cambiò la faccia dell’Europa e non solo. L’intervistatore chiede a Romano Prodi di spiegare ai lettori l’impatto che la caduta del muro di Berlino ebbe sul sistema politico italiano. Leggo … More Romano Prodi “elabora” le conseguenze in Italia della caduta del Muro di Berlino del 9 novembre 1989
Timeline: On or about 5 pm. Friday, October 4, 2019, in Trieste, Italy. A jobless immigrant from the Dominican Republic brought in for questioning in connection with the theft of a motor scooter while inside the Trieste HQ of Italy’s State Police suddenly disarms one cop and then another. Armed with the service guns of … More Cop killer taken alive after shootout inside an Italian Police Station
If we are to believe the Conte Government, they would much rather find and milk tax evaders and the “rich” responsible for hiding an estimated 130 to 200 Billion Euros per annum from the Taxman. Not to worry says the Italian IRS, if you G-men are unable to find and collect from tax evaders and … More The Conte Government takes steps to force Italy’s “underground economy” to surface.