Among the the European Union's 28 members, all but Italy and a handful of East European countries do not yet recognize civil unions, and the EU has been prodding Italy toward taking action. This Thursday the Italian Parliament begins debate on a divisive bill that would make civil unions fully legal, over Catholic opposition.
Natalia Quintavalle delivered her lecture, entitled “Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Euro and the EU: The Role of Italy,” to a packed house of about 200 students, faculty, and other invited guests.
"Is Democracy On The Retreat?" is the question that Rampini posed to the audience at Columbia Law School on February 16, when discussing the contradictions and perils in the EU's method of dealing with the crisis.
Investors' opinions of Italy grow positive and the government's stability measures are having a positive outcome on increasing confidence in the markets. Talking about Greece, Monti debunks the gossip about the risk of an Italian default and aims to balance Italy's budget by 2013.
Prime Minister Mario Monti's trip to the United States takes him to New York today. He will visit Wall Street, The New York Times, the United Nations Headquarters, and meet the Italian and Italian-American communities. Here is a summary of his activities so far.