Lombardy votes for more autonomy

95 per cent want more freedom from central government. Over 95 per cent of voters in Italy’s northern region of Lombardy voted on Sunday for increased regional autonomy, but the turnout reached onl...

Switzerland to close three border crossings at night

Italian mayors protest unilateral move. Italian media report that three border crossings between Lombardy and Switzerland will be closed at night by Swiss authorities in a unilateral move “without...

Mayor of Milan steps aside

Giuseppe Sala auto-suspends himself as mayor. Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan, has stepped down as the city's first citizen because of what is thought to be an official enquiry into his position...

Milan one of only three cities to vote Yes in referendum

With 3 out of every 4 voters taking part. Milan voted a clear “yes” in the referendum on reform to the Italian constitution held last Sunday, with 51.13 per cent of voters ticking the yes box. T...

Giuseppe Sala mayor of Milan

A decisive victory after a fortnight of tension. Giuseppe “Beppe” Sala, the Partito Democratico (PD) candidate for mayor of Milan, won a clear but not resounding victory in Sunday’s run-off contest...

Milan elections for mayor on a knife-edge

Sunday the decisive run-off, with national repercussions. After the first round of voting on 5 June left the two main contenders – Stefano Parisi for the centre-right (left of photo) and Beppe Sala...

Milan mayoral candidates debate issues on TV

Sala and Parisi highlight Milan's major problems. Candidates Beppe Sala (centre-left) and Stefano Parisi (centre-right), who won the top two slots in last Sunday’s election for mayor of Milan – and...

Sala, Parisi neck and neck in Milan elections for mayor

Runoff on 19 June will decide who becomes mayor. Candidates Stefano Parisi for the centre-right and Beppe Sala for the centre-left emerged neck and neck from Sunday’s mayoral elections in Milan....

Milan mayor candidates to debate city’s future

Should Milan become a region? Candidates running in next month’s elections for mayor of Milan have been invited to a debate on the future of the city, to be held in the Triennale in Via Alemagna on...

EU citizens can vote for Milan city councillors

Deadline for registration is Tuesday 26 April. Nationals of EU member states living in Milan may vote in the local elections to be held on 5 June, as long as they have applied for registration in t...

M5S re-joins fray for Milan mayor election

Gianluca Corrado to run against Sala, Parisi. Beppe Grillo’s grass-roots MoVimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) has chosen 39-year-old lawyer Gianluca Corrado to run in the June elections to replace outgoin...

Stefano Parisi centre-right candidate for Milan mayor

Parisi announcement comes after Giuseppe Sala victory for the Partito Democaratico. Industrialist and former Milan city manager Stefano Parisi will be the single candidate for the centre-right gr...

Sala wins PD primary for Milan mayor

Prime minister Renzi's choice for mayor wins Milan Partito Democratico primary. Former commissioner for Expo Milano 2015 Giuseppe Sala has scored a clear win in the Milan PD (Democratic Party) pr...

UK expats encouraged to vote

In 7 May general election UK expats – Don’t miss out, you may be able to vote in next May’s general election, says the UK Electoral Commission. This week the Electoral Commissi...

European voting roundup

European Parliament and many Italian municipalities Next Sunday, 25 May, will be election day in Italy for 73 candidates for a seat in the European Parliament, but also for mayors and town councill...

Silvio Berlusconi’s sentence for tax fraud confirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court

The Corte di Cassazione, Italy’s highest Court, has confirmed the ruling of the Appeal Court of Milan that gave Silvio Berlusconi a four year prison sentence for tax evasion regarding television...

All-day traffic block on Sunday 27 May

Milan’s third “DomenicaAspasso” (Sunday on foot) will fall on 27 May, with a traffic block for all but the exempt categories from 10:00 to 18:00 throughout the city. A single AT...

Liberation Day in Italy

On 25 April Italy celebrates Liberation Day which marks the country’s liberation from Nazi occupation and fascist rule at the end of world war two. A public holiday across Italy, all state s...

Italy, Britain and Nigeria by James Walston

Not following the rules is fine as long as you succeed but when an operation fails, especially a military operation where lives are at stake, then there is inevitably a double blame – for...

Formigoni retains Lombardy presidency

Roberto Formigoni of prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

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