Oscar-nominated Italian film director Ettore Scola dies at 84

By Philip Pullella ROME, Jan 20 : Italian director Ettore Scola, whose Oscar-nominated films chronicled the growing pains, class divisions and frustrated idealisms of 20th century Italy, has died at the age of 84, his family said. Scola died in a Rome hospital late last night after being in a coma for several days. Born […]

Renzi’s risky criticism of Europe plays to Italian audience

By Crispian Balmer ROME, Jan 15 : Italians used to be the leading EU cheerleader, seeing Brussels as a refuge from the dysfunctions of their state. Years of recession and austerity have turned them into fierce critics. Feeding off this anger, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has launched a sustained attack on European Union rules and […]