Sicily is still plagued by unemployment and low incomes. Now Messina's mayor is out to bring his city closer to the EU. Many businesspeople, like lemon grower Antonella Briguglio, are hoping for more prosperity for this autonomous Italian region.
Small business owners in Slovakia could apply for the funding for a new factory or new machinery from the EUs regional development fund.
After crowdfunding 73,000 euros a new far-right, pan-European movement is campaigning to stop informal migration to Europe, drawing concern from humanitarian and leftist groups. Diego Cupolo reports from Catania, Sicily.
European right-wing extremists have chartered a boat and set sail for the Mediterranean to help obstruct the flow of refugees. The so-called Identitarians are just the latest player in a complex flotilla of groups.
Recent figures confirm that southern Italy is massively underdeveloped economically - and this also has an impact on its political culture. The reasons for the misery have long been known, but are difficult to overcome.
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