The Tuscan village of Castelfalfi was deserted and derelict in the 1970s. Now it's been given a new lease of life. After pumping in millions of euros, Tui sees itself as the region's saviour, creating more than 200 jobs.
Italy's banks struggle with bad loans and the state itself is saddled with massive debt — but the voters don't seem to care, and the finance minister is demonstratively relaxed about it all.
Eating lunch in Italy's Bolgheri wine country, it is not hard to understand why the number of international visitors to this bucolic corner of Tuscany has doubled in five years.
Police in Germany and Italy have arrested 37 people, including two members of the Italian Carabinieri, over suspected involvement in a Sicilian extortion ring. The mafia organization sold drugs, but also frozen fish.
Germany has a booming economy but most Germans are not particularly wealthy. Hans-Böckler-Stiftung says that the danger of poverty in Germany is comparatively high and measures should be taken to avoid a crisis.
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