January 19, 2012

The Man Who Saved Italy's Reputation

The Independent, The Independent

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Publication of the exchange between the coast guard in Livorno and the captain of the stricken Costa Concordia, has made Gregorio de Falco a hero in Italy, and probably everywhere the transcript has seen the light of day. His advice, culminating in the abrupt instruction: "Get back on the ship... that is an order", epitomises all the qualities so signally lacking on the fateful night.

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The New German Nightmare Begins
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Italy & France Team Up Against Germany
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Republicans Bash Europe in Search of Votes
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