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Thousands of protesters gather for 'Italian pride' rally

Oct. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Rome on Saturday for a so-called "Italian Pride" rally that brought together the right-wing League of Matteo Salvini, the far-right Brothers of Italy party led by Giorgia Meloni and former premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia. Salvini's League,...

Despair in Burgundy and beyond, as US tariffs hit EU goods

Oct. 18, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

CHABLIS, France (AP) — French vintners are begging for government aid. Italian farmers are scrambling for new export markets. And American shoppers are about to face supermarket sticker shock on European products. That's because some $7.5 billion in U.S. tariffs on European food, wine and other goods took...

Struggling Francesco Molinari changes his caddy

Oct. 18, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A year after winning the British Open and one week after failing to make the cut in his home Italian Open, Francesco Molinari says he is changing his caddy. Pello Iguaran had been on Molinari's bag for four years but Molinari writes on Instagram that Mark Fulcher, Justin Rose's former caddie,...

Italian farm lobby calls for govt aid in face of US tariffs

Oct. 18, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's main farm lobby is forecasting a 20% drop in sales of Italian agricultural products targeted by new U.S. tariffs. The group, Coldiretti, says the 25% tariffs that take effect Friday will hurt sales in the United State of Italian Parmesan and Gorgonzola cheeses, as well as cured meats,...

Giorgia Meloni is rising star on Italy's far-right stage

Oct. 18, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian right-wing leader Matteo Salvini's once-bold demeanor has turned nervous and edgy since his failed bid to become premier this summer, giving an opening on Italy's political stage to his junior ally, the energetic leader of the post-fascist Brothers of Italy party. Giorgia Meloni's...

Europe's specialty food makers brace for US tariffs

Oct. 17, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — European producers of specialty agricultural products like French wine, Italian Parmesan and Spanish olives are facing a U.S. tariff hike due Friday with a mix of trepidation and indignation at being dragged into a trade war they feel they have little to do with. The tariffs on $7.5 billion...

Placido Domingo's European cultural award delayed

Oct. 17, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Placido Domingo will not receive a European cultural award this weekend in Vienna as previously announced. It was the first change in the opera legend's European schedule since numerous accusations of sexual harassment in the United States were reported by The Associated Press. Officials at...

Trump boasts that US would win tariff war with Europe

Oct. 16, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump voiced confidence Wednesday that the U.S. could not lose a tariff war with the European Union as the U.S. prepares to impose trade sanctions on up to $7.5 billion worth of EU goods. The Trump administration plans to impose punitive tariffs starting Friday following...

Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" drawing can go on loan to Louvre

Oct. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian court has ruled that Leonardo Da Vinci's iconic "Vitruvian Man" drawing can be loaned to France's Louvre Museum, solving an ongoing cultural dispute between Italy and France. The Venice court last week had suspended the loan of the world-famous drawing, which is part of a batch of...

Italy's government to avoid widely criticized sales tax rise

Oct. 16, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's new government has reached agreement on a set of budget measures to avoid a sales tax increase that critics warned would hurt the economy by weighing on spending. The measures agreed by Premier Giuseppe Conte's cabinet early Wednesday include revenue-raising measures to fight...