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If the eurozone budget deficit limit is 3%, why is the European Commission telling Italy it must revise its 2.4% deficit budget?

It appears the problem isn't the deficit (the loss from an individual budget) but the size of the existing debt itself. From a report in the Guardian Italy’s public debt is worth more than 130% of ...
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How could the past NATO expansions in Eastern Europe be seen as justification of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022?

First, let's concede that many people will "justify" whatever they have chosen to justify. Giving support to Ukraine and oppossing Rusia involves some risks and cost. I have met some of ...
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Why does Rome municipality seem to have a hard time maintaining the city?

This article has a lengthy backstory. In short, it's been corruption scandal after corruption scandal for the past half decade or so, on a backdrop of mobsters running rampant. Also, Rome only has one ...
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If the eurozone budget deficit limit is 3%, why is the European Commission telling Italy it must revise its 2.4% deficit budget?

Italy is not just planning a high budget deficit, it has a very high level of national debt. (As of 2017, it was 131.8% of their GDP, second only to Greece) This makes their deficit riskier than it ...
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Why does Rome municipality seem to have a hard time maintaining the city?

Not a full answer, but when I was a tourist in Rome, I recall discussing the graffiti issue with a local who spoke decent English. The gist of the explanation is that it was cultural differences in ...
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Why is it a violation of ECHR to have someone shackled in court?

It may be less of a concern in a civil law system with a panel of judges instead of jury, but the appearance of the defendant is important. If the defendant looks like a criminal the jury may be ...
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What conditions has Germany (or the EU as a whole) attached to the ESM loan offer that Italy is refusing?

I'll add here from the critics' perspective, i.e. of Yanis Varoufakis, who was a finance minister of Greece... Belatedly, but correctly, they [Italy etc.] demanded a so-called “eurobond”: a common ...
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Why does Rome municipality seem to have a hard time maintaining the city?

there is garbage almost everywhere. While this might be explained by the large number of tourists during the season (large crowds typically leave a lot of garbage behind), this is strange in November ...
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What conditions has Germany (or the EU as a whole) attached to the ESM loan offer that Italy is refusing?

According to the official Eurogroup press release, the conditions attached to the extra ESM funding under point 16: "Safety nets in the EU and EA" are as follows: The only requirement to access the ...
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How could the past NATO expansions in Eastern Europe be seen as justification of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022?

The "expansions" were not results of military conquests. They were results of mutually beneficial treaties. In fact, new member nations had to apply, and be considered, before they were ...
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Couldn't Carola Rackete of Sea Watch 3 have chosen another harbor?

A sea captain is committed to obey to international sea law. After rescuing people, she is bound to coordinate with Rescue Co-ordination Centre (in this case, the Italian Coast Guards Operations ...
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How could the past NATO expansions in Eastern Europe be seen as justification of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022?

Below is the "for" argument. 1. NATO promised not to expand See this question on History SE. NATO leaders verbally promised then Soviet Premier Gorbachev that NATO would not expand, and ...
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Why is it a violation of ECHR to have someone shackled in court?

There are numerous jurisdictions that have rules against defendants being routinely shackled and (as in James K's answer) one of the reasons is that it may introduce bias in the judge and/or jury. ...
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How much do the Italian and Chinese COVID-19 lock-down measures resemble each other?

I can give some information about the Italian lockdown. Source: the FAQ from the Italian ministry of internal affairs. What you can do go to work (any kind EDIT: on March 21, as an additional ...
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Why is it a violation of ECHR to have someone shackled in court?

My apologies for not answering the question itself, but it might be appropriate to explain the Italian view on the use of handcuffs a bit. Italian Wikipedia explains: In the Italian Code of Criminal ...
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Couldn't Carola Rackete of Sea Watch 3 have chosen another harbor?

These people have two connected goals: Safeguard the life of the individual humans they have rescued from inadequate boats at sea. Establish the principle for the benefit of all life-savers at sea ...
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If the eurozone budget deficit limit is 3%, why is the European Commission telling Italy it must revise its 2.4% deficit budget?

As mentioned in previous answers, it is not just about the deficit but also about the already high level of national debt. Furthermore, the Italian government was initially expected to aim for a 0.8% ...
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Pickpockets in St Peter's Square

There is in fact a “rubber stamp” requirement, stipulated in article 22 section 1 of the Lateran Treaty: At the request of the Holy See, or by its delegation which may be given in individual cases ...
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Why is Italy pushing its budget?

The usual reason: The spending priorities of the government coalition follows their political program, and they are not willing to limit their spending just because income projections are falling ...
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Why do moderate parties and their leaders fail?

On a generic enough level, they fail because they: Aren't any better than non-moderates at fixing problems Are worse than non-moderates at selling the promise that they will fix problems Often, are ...
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How is the European Union trying to adapt to Italian Mafia extension in other EU countries?

All EU countries have their own legal code and police forces. There is some cooperation, but by default the laws and police forces are distinct. So there are two areas of concern: Arrest and ...
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What was the point of announcing a corona-virus lock-down hours before it becomes effective?

Your question assumes that a significant number of people in the area under lockdown are already infected, possibly without knowing, and that announcing the lockdown in advance will make them scatter ...
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The meaning of "right" in Italian Fascism

Note that the 1933 booklet that Jane Soames supposedly translated was published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Leonard Woolf was known for his left wing (not fascist) leaning. In fact he deplored ...
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How was Silvio Berlusconi in power for a long time?

This problem is far from being an Italian specific one. In my native country similar questions were asked when some mayors were reelected while being in jail waiting for corruption related trials. ...
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Did the Socialist and the Fascist party share the electoral programme in Italy?

The Program of the National Fascist Party can be read in the chapter 3 of A Primer of Italian Fascism, edited by Jeffrey T. Schnapp. I couldn't find the PSI program online; but the party was ...
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What would it take for South Tyrol to declare independence?

If South Tyrole had a population of at least a million (it's currently around half that), it could, under Article 132, apply to separate from the Trentino-Alto Adige region and become a region in its ...
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Do the Italians usually choose external PMs?

In Italy the PM is not the Prime Minister but instead the President of the Council of Ministers. This means that he cannot change a Minister and he has not the last word on who is chosen as minister. ...
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How could the past NATO expansions in Eastern Europe be seen as justification of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022?

The US/NATO position is that NATO is a mutual defense treaty, and their decision to add or not add any other country is between them and that country. Putin has explained his position with the idea ...
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The meaning of "right" in Italian Fascism

Not only Wikipedia says that Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical right-wing, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong ...
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