I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted them, keyworded most of them and fixed the color balance on some of them. But I haven’t yet finished editing or exporting any photographs. So I’m not quite ready to blog about all the wonderful things GC, Ernesto and I did and saw in Italy.
In the coming weeks and months, as the Eurozone economy weakens still further, it is likely that debates and splits within the Eurozone capitalist elites will continue to intensify.
The Eurozone economy has never really recovered from the 2008-09 financial crash and recession. Austerity policies—that played a major role in preventing a sustained Eurozone economic recovery for the past five years—are now evolving into still newer forms.
Events in the recent past in Spain, measures approved in just the past week by the newly (Read more…)
Rome, November 7 – Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Friday reiterated a warning against letting labour-reform issues become a “terrain of conflict”. “I’ve made this appeal in the last few days and I’ll make it again,” he said at the opening of a Piaggio Aerospace plant at Villanova d’Albenga near the French border.
Tension is high between Renzi’s executive and Italy’s biggest trade union confederation, the CGIL – especially its metalworkers’ arm FIOM – over the government’s Jobs Act labour reform.
The reform features changes for new hires (Read more…)
GC and I are off to Italy tomorrow, for two weeks of exploring, eating and drinking wine! We’re starting in Venice, then going to Florence, followed by a few days in the Tuscan countryside, and finishing up in Rome.
We’re going to the San Michelle’s cemetery in Venice, the Ufizzi Gallery in Florence, the Tuscan hill towns, the Catacombs, the Vatican! We’re going to geocache! We’re going to see the Sistine Chapel! We’re taking a 4-hour eating tour of Rome! We’re staying on an agriturismo farm in Pescina, Seggiano! We’re going to bathe in the hot springs of Saturnia! I’m (Read more…)
(ANSA) – Rome, October 27 – The leaders of Italy’s four main labor union federations were incensed Monday after a meeting with government ministers, ostensibly to discuss the government’s proposed 2015 budget, turned out to be what they said was a one-sided exercise.
The government sent its labor, economy, and civil service ministers to the table without a mandate to negotiate, respond, or even schedule further meetings, the union leaders said.
“They had no mandate to debate anything with us,” said CGIL chief Susanna Camusso. “This government does not intend (Read more…)
(ANSA) – Rome, October 24 – As many as one million people, one thousand police officers, and a small number of dissident members of the governing Democratic Party (PD) are expected at a major rally called for Saturday by Italy’s largest trade-union federation CGIL against Premier Matteo Renzi’s Jobs Act.
The rally has been planned for several weeks as the country’s most left-wing union takes aim at provisions in the Jobs Act, which is moving through Parliament and would reduce job protections for new employees. (Read more…)
(ANSA) – Rome, October 14 – Italy’s employers on Tuesday hailed Premier Matteo Renzi’s forthcoming 2015 budget bill as a dream come true while Italy’s largest CGIL labor federation slammed it as a recessive move that does not do enough for workers.
The 30-billion-euro budget featuring 18 billion euros in tax cuts aims to kick-start the Italian economy, which is now its third recession in six years. It goes to the cabinet for ratification (Read more…)
This summer Italy fell into a triple-dip recession. After the 2008/09 collapse, the economy stagnated, heading back into recession during 2011 and never really recovering. The philosophy of Giulio Tremonti, who was the economic minister at the time, was to wait and see, until speculation killed Berlusconi’s government. Prime ministers Mario Monti and Enrico Letta followed Brussels’ self-defeating diktat for fiscal rigour, but even with moderate deficits the public debt/GDP ratio soared.
(ANSA) – Rome, July 31 – Unemployment among young Italians climbed last month to 43.7%, a level not seen in 37 years, according to statistics Thursday that presented further evidence of the continuing weakness in the country’s lackluster economy.
The jobless rate among Italians aged 15 to 24 rose from a revised 43.1% in May, said national statistical agency Istat, adding that June’s level of 43.7% was the highest since it began keeping quarterly jobs statistics in 1977.
“The economic situation is less than favourable,” said Economy (Read more…)
My sister is travelling again through various places in Italy again this summer. Here is the blog posting pics and notes, most writing from her friend Karen. I enjoy reading about the places she gets off to, so I’m sharing this with all of you. Its fun, it’s personal. And the pictures are quite good.
Most of the coverage regarding the Eurozone crisis has understandably focused on the politics of austerity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the longer term trends in the industrial relations of those countries hardest hit by the crisis: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain; the so-called PIIGS countries.
Recent data from the European Industrial Relations Observatory reveals some interesting trends in the relationship between capital and labour in the context of the Eurozone crisis. More specifically, it reveals a trend towards declining labour costs and rising labour productivity, meaning that the so-called ‘recovery’ is being constructed by squeezing workers, (Read more…)
The revelations about EMU skulduggery are coming thick and fast. Tim Geithner recounts in his book Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises just how far the EU elites are willing to go to save the euro, even if it means toppling elected leaders and eviscerating Europe’s sovereign parliaments.
The Lower House on Thursday gave final approval to the government’s decree to simplify Italy’s labour-market regulations. It passed with 279 votes in favour, 143 against and three abstentions. The decree has come under intense fire from trade unions, which say it will further weaken job security. Premier Matteo Renzi’s executive had to put the decree to three confidence votes to speed up its passage through parliament and quash dissent over the measure from within the ruling coalition.
The legislation is part of a drive to simplify Italy’s current myriad (Read more…)
Some interesting treatment in the buildings. The space isn’t too awful, but the surface of the piece itself is a mix of styles. There is that 3D space from the bottom edge to the horizon played against the flat abstract of the buildings. The sky is not too bad, it’s both flat and roomy. But the water spreads itself luxuriously out before you, stretching into space, rather than, like the sky, bluntly compressed and quite forward. Interesting problems.
Now, this… This is based on a photo grabbed in a glimpse of a second, looking back out of the car window. I tried working over the photo. But it was dead. Thankfully, deleted into oblivion. But redrawn fresh, and stretched into a memory, a quick remembrance of the Parco Nazionale della Cinque Terre, a promontory, looking back on Vernazza.