Category: Italians

Understanding Italy #2

Italy is such a delightful place to live in if you happen to be a man. – E. M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread, 1905 In his fantastic book The Italians, author John Hooper considers that the public debate on gender and language that took place years ago in other societies has scarcely begun in […]

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Italian attitudes to LGBTQ+ people

The 2019 edition of the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Society at a Glance  survey examines trends in social well-being across the OECD. It features a special chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people: their numbers, how they fare in terms of their economic situation and well-being, and what policies can […]

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Understanding Italy #1

No one knows for sure how many laws there are in Italy. The government declared, after a clear out by the “Minister for Simplification”, that it had been reduced to around 10,000. Almost twice as high as in Germany and three times as high as in Britain. If the law is complex, then enforcement and […]

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