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Corriere della Sera - Italy | 18/09/2013

Costa Concordia shows Italy the way

The shipwrecked cruise liner Costa Concordia was set upright on Tuesday off the Italian island of Giglio. In a 19-hour manoeuvre technicians raised the ship which sank over a year and a half ago from where it was lying on its side. The liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera hopes the successful operation will become a metaphor for the country: "January 13, 2012 was no ordinary day. That morning Standard & Poor's downgraded Italy's credit rating by two points, and the Milan stock index registered the weakest performance in Europe for the umpteenth time. ... The huge white ship that capsized due to errors committed by its captain did enormous damage to the beautiful island of Giglio, and seemed like the perfect metaphor for Italy. ... For that reason it's a comfort now to see the fantastic salvage operation as a new metaphor. For a country that can achieve what seems impossible when it really wants to. ... It is no doubt more difficult to straighten out economic performance than to set a ship upright. ... But sometimes all it takes is a push to steer the right course."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 21/05/2012

Italy must prepare for earthquakes

A heavy earthquake in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy left seven people dead, 50 injured and thousands homeless on Sunday. You can't prevent earthquakes but you can prepare for them instead of treating them like strokes of fate, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera writes: "When Ferrara was half destroyed in 1571 and was full of the dead there was talk of God's punishment and rulers bringing disaster. But centuries later it's inadmissible to talk of tragic, unpredictable events in view of the victims and destruction in the region. Because now we know precisely which areas are prone to earthquakes. … We can despair over the destroyed old buildings but not accept the collapse of new buildings with resignation. … Other countries would pass stringent building regulations and hold regular courses on how to react in an earthquake."

Corriere della Sera - Italy | 04/04/2007

Venice without Venetians ?

The commentator Gian Antonio Stella reckons that 'La Serenissima' will soon lose all of its inhabitants. "That's the way things are going in Venice: few children, open spaces with no playground, a city that increasingly resembles a hospice. In recent years, the situation has become even more depressing. It is enough to note that, miracles excepted, and despite protests by parents about the transfer of their children, the last junior school in the San Marco quarter will close on Friday. ... In 1966, the city had tens of thousands of children, then with the exodus to the continent, they numbered a few thousand and are destined to number just a few hundred. ... Venice has become a kind of Disneyland of art, devoid of Venetians, and assaulted daily by hordes of tourists."

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