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Parchment in the Fire: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO

September conference planned with France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta. Source: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICOFiled under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Southern Europe, Spain . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Greece eyes alliance of southern EU states – POLITICO

Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

ILLUSTRATIONS: A map showing some of the countries in which the United States has interfered in the political process (grabbed from Geology.com). Below: U.S. CIA Director John O. Brennan, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candid… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: News Satire: U.S. will not tolerate foreigners acting like Americans, officials say

Parchment in the Fire: A €45bn headache for Italy

Italian banks stricken by massive amounts of bad loans and falling shares are becoming a financial and political problem for PM Matteo Renzi and for the EU. Source: A €45bn headache for ItalyFiled under: Eurozone crisis Tagged: Banking, finance capit… . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: A €45bn headache for Italy

Alberta Politics: It’s time for a national postal bank in both Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: The little Post Office in downtown St. Albert, where your blogger lives, which Canada Post is anxious to close as soon as possible. Below: The U.S. Post Office in Fallon, Montana, the Canadian Post Office in Dewberry, Alberta (villageofdewberry… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: It’s time for a national postal bank in both Canada and the United States

Parchment in the Fire: The Results of Italy’s 2012 Labour Market Reforms: No Solution to Unemployment

By Gabriele Piazza and Martin Myant of the European Trade Union Institute In June 2012 Italy introduced a package of labour-market reforms. One particularly controversial measure was a change to Article 18 of the 1970 Workers’ Statute which had given employees found to have been unfairly dismissed the right to reinstatement. From then on it was… More The Results of Italy’s 2012 Labour Market Reforms: No Solution to Unemployment . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: The Results of Italy’s 2012 Labour Market Reforms: No Solution to Unemployment

Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

Data from Southern Europe indicates a trend of wealth distribution to the top 20% of income earners since the onset of austerity. At the outset of the Global Financial Crisis in 2007, the income share of the bottom 20% of income earners in Greece and Portugal increased, whereas the income share of the top 20%… More Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Income, Class and Austerity in Southern Europe

The Disaffected Lib: Next Up, Spain

As events unfold over the next few weeks following today’s No victory in Greece there’ll be plenty of people watching in Spain.  That country’s Podemos movement promotes a similar sort of anti-austerity platform to that of Greece’s Syrzia.  It’s hard to imagine today’s defiant events in Greece not having a knock on effect in Spain . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Next Up, Spain

Things Are Good: From Mafia Home to Art Gallery

Italy is home to the oldest operating museum, the Uffizi, and the country is (probably) home to the oldest operating mafia. But it may come as a bit of a surprise to find out that an old mafia home is being converted to a new museum.

In an ongoing and complicated effort to stop the . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: From Mafia Home to Art Gallery

knitnut.net: Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

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, . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

Parchment in the Fire: The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

by Jack Rasmus

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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: The Eurozone’s ‘New Austerity Model’ » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Parchment in the Fire: Renzi seeks to avert labour battlefield – English – ANSA.it

Renzi seeks to avert labour battlefield – English – ANSA.it.

 

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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Renzi seeks to avert labour battlefield – English – ANSA.it

knitnut.net: Ciao!

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, . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Ciao!

Parchment in the Fire: Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it.

(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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Unions incensed after ‘surreal’ meeting – English – ANSA.it

Parchment in the Fire: CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it

CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it.

(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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: CGIL rally: 1 million, plus 1,000 police, and PD MPs – English – ANSA.it

Parchment in the Fire: Renzi budget has business ‘dreaming’ and unions worried – English – ANSA.it

Renzi budget has business ‘dreaming’ and unions worried – English – ANSA.it.

CGIL and FIOM metalworkers rally for jobs Redazione ANSA Rome

14 October 2014

(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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Renzi budget has business ‘dreaming’ and unions worried – English – ANSA.it

Parchment in the Fire: Why Italy’s stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Why Italy’s stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

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, . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Why Italy’s stagnation could be the future for the entire eurozone | Riccardo Bellofiore | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Parchment in the Fire: Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it

Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it.

(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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Youth unemployment reaches record high – English – ANSA.it

cartoon life: My sister in Italy, again this year

My sister in Italy, again this year

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 . . . → Read More: cartoon life: My sister in Italy, again this year

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Interchange a Highway

Atlanta isn’t known for being a walkable city. Florence, Italy has a better reputation.

This is kind of mind blowing, and should have people thinking about overpasses and cloverleaf highways in a different way. Auto-sprawl has many costs.

Florence Italy and a highway interchange in Atlanta at same scale. @stevemouzon goo.gl/68yzg0 http://t.co/3dKQkgXHdg— TreeHugger.com (@TreeHugger) June . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Interchange a Highway

Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Bill Longstaff: Hookers to be part of Italy’s GDP

Italy’s National Institute of Statistics recently announced that next year it will start including activities such as prostitution and illegal drug sales in the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

And why not. After all, these activities create jobs and incomes and are therefore an integral part of a national economy. Estimating them will present a challenge, . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Hookers to be part of Italy’s GDP

Parchment in the Fire: EU officials plotted IMF attack to bring rebellious Italy to its knees – Telegraph Blogs

EU officials plotted IMF attack to bring rebellious Italy to its knees – Telegraph Blogs.

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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: EU officials plotted IMF attack to bring rebellious Italy to its knees – Telegraph Blogs

Parchment in the Fire: Labour-reform decree gets final approval – English – ANSA.it

Labour-reform decree gets final approval – English – ANSA.it.

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 . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Labour-reform decree gets final approval – English – ANSA.it

Cowichan Conversations: Would a Social Co-operative Work in the Cowichan Valley?

Robert Douglas-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

More than two hundred unionized workers at Duncan’s Sunridge Place were recently given pink slips.

This came after the owner of the seniors care facility reached an agreement to sell the operation to a Vancouver-based firm.

Layoffs are effective in early June, when the deal should be finalized.

The . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Would a Social Co-operative Work in the Cowichan Valley?

cartoon life: Looking back on Vernazza 2

Filed under: art Tagged: Cinque Terre, italy, Popsicolor, procreate app

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