January 20, 2014

Italiano? Nein. A Part of Italy Wants Out

Silvia Marchetti, Newsweek

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In Italy's Alps, at the border with Austria, there's a land where people speak in German and dream of independence. Once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, it was annexed by Italy at the end of World War I. But even today, not a single drop of Italian blood runs through the veins of its more than 500,000 inhabitants. They feel and simply are still Austro-German. If a Neapolitan or Roman, but even a Florentine, pops up asking for directions, they'll look at him in a funny way trying to grasp what he's saying and (might) reluctantly reply in Italian with a pronounced German accent.

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TAGGED: Italy, Austria, Germany, Europe, South Tyrol

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