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Italy's Baby-Making Troubles

Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

Europe's Comeback

Washington Post

As often happens in Italy, a daunting punishment has been whittled down to a mild reproof. Mr Berlusconi’s four-year sentence was cut to one year because of an amnesty law from a...(full article)

Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors....(full article)

The powers that be within the European Union — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mr. Draghi — would be wise to grant Mr. Valls and Mr. Renzi the fiscal wiggle room they need....(full article)

If the Europeans think that Plan A gives them wiggle room on imposing painful sanctions, they are deluding themselves. It was important that the U.S. administration respond to the ...(full article)

A trial currently underway in Cologne showcases the extent of the Italian Mob's infiltration of German society and the construction business. Critics claim authorities have been fa...(full article)

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