MafiaLeaks: Italian Portal Takes Aim at Organized Crime

MafiaLeaks: Italian Portal Takes Aim at Organized Crime

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

A new group in Italy is seeking to break the mafia's code of silence by providing informants the means to safely reveal information to the media or authorities via an anonymous Internet portal. The site's founders are hoping for tip-offs from abroad too By Hans-JŘrgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]

EU Apathy: Leaders Fail to MakeáProgress at Summit

EU Apathy: Leaders Fail to MakeáProgress at Summit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

This week's European Council summit was sidelined by new accusations of US spying in Europe. But despite the distraction, it's clear EU leaders have deferred plans for greater integration, and lack the political will to address pressing concerns like migration. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Rest in Ignominy: Clashes Disrupt Funeral for Nazi War Criminal

Rest in Ignominy: Clashes Disrupt Funeral for Nazi War Criminal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2013

Violent clashes erupted on Tuesday between anti-Fascist protesters and neo-Nazis outside Rome when a small ultra-conservative Catholic sect tried to hold a funeral for recently deceased Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke. Italian officials say they may send the body to Germany. more... Comment ]

Lesus Christ: Vatican Misspells 'Jesus' on Papal Medals

Lesus Christ: Vatican Misspells 'Jesus' on Papal Medals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

So much for papal infallibility. Embarrassed Vatican officials are recalling 6,000 commemorative medallions made in honor of Pope Francis after misspelling "Jesus" as "Lesus." more... Comment ]

Persistent Support: How Italy's Tangled Taxes Help Berlusconi

Persistent Support: How Italy's Tangled Taxes Help Berlusconi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi failed in his attempt to topple the Italian government last week, but he still remains popular with over 20 percent of the country's voters. A big reason he has so many backers is Italy's highly complex system of taxation. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Lampedusa Tragedy: Deaths Prompt Calls to Amend Asylum Rules

Lampedusa Tragedy: Deaths Prompt Calls to Amend Asylum Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2013

After over 180 African refugees died when their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week, Europe is debating its asylum policy with renewed vigor. Politicians are calling for the EU to distribute the burden more fairly. By Walter Mayr and Maximilian Popp more... Comment ]

The Barefoot Mayor: Local Hero Takes on Sicilian Corruption

The Barefoot Mayor: Local Hero Takes on Sicilian Corruption

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

The new mayor of Messina is a man of the people. The tireless nonpartisan is known to go barefoot through the city. And in the land of Berlusconi, he is fighting against corruption, organized crime and widespread disenchantment with politics. By Fiona Ehlers more... Comment ]

Berlusconi Vote: Italian Senate Panel Recommends Expulsion

Berlusconi Vote: Italian Senate Panel Recommends Expulsion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

In a widely expected development, an Italian Senate committee moved on Friday to recommend that Silvio Berlusconi be stripped of his position in the legislature. A court upheld the former prime minister's conviction in August on tax evasion charges. more... Comment ]

Europe's Failure: Bad Policies Caused the Lampedusa Tragedy

Europe's Failure: Bad Policies Caused the Lampedusa Tragedy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

More than 100 refugees died off the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa on Thursday after their boat sank. The tragedy shows in yet another horrendous way just how badly Europe's refugee policies have failed. A Commentary By Hans-JŘrgen Schlamp more... Comment ]

Berlusconi's About-Face: A Vote of Confidence Will Not Suffice

Berlusconi's About-Face: A Vote of Confidence Will Not Suffice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 02, 2013

It was a good day for Italy: Silvio Berlusconi had no choice but to reverse course and back Prime Minister Enrico Letta. But the government in Rome remains unstable. If Italy wants lasting stability, the political class will have to undergo radical reform. A Commentary by Hans-JŘrgen Schlamp more... Comment ]