Piazza Grande squandered €350,000 on ‘new’ HQ

Friday, January 1st, 2016

The charitable association was established in Bologna in 1993 to tackle social exclusion and uphold the rights of the homeless through production of the ‘Piazza Grande’ newspaper. The paper is, in fact, written and published by homeless people as a means to start them on the road to recovery and socially empower them at the […]

Bologna takes bronze in race for crime hot spot

Friday, January 1st, 2016
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The statistics divulged via the Department for Public Security of the Interior Ministry, reveal startling insights about crime rates across the region. In research carried out by Il Sole 24 Ore, Bologna rose up to sixth overall for general crime reported in 2014: 6,207 per 100 thousand inhabitants. Ravenna Province jumps to number one for […]

Beppe Maniglia defended by fans

Friday, January 1st, 2016

As the furore was in its dying moments over the Padre Digani debacle, another famous landmark in Bologna came under attack. Local rocker, Beppe Maniglia, 73 years old, renowned for playing outside the Sala Borsa on the holiday periods, was fined by the vigili for playing without a licence. “I’ve been playing here for 36 […]

Emilia Romagna in the cross hairs: “If ISIS want to create chaos in Italy, they should do it Bologna.”

Friday, January 1st, 2016

– Gianfranco Pasquino (Political science professor, Bologna University)  According to sociologist Massimo Introvigne, Isis has a grand ambition to conquer Rome. In one of their publicized texts entitled ‘Black flag over Rome’, the radical Muslims are not simply aiming to spread fear and spill blood but to take the capital. Introvigne warns anyone of underestimating […]

City Police, day shift only please

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
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Police on war footing against new shift hours. Night shifts? Sunday work? No thank you. The vigili city police are on a war footing in half of Italy. Some are accusing them of acting like a caste? When such rebellious intentions were first aired over a month ago by the comune, all hell broke out […]

MAYOR fighting for political life

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The incumbent city mayor Virginio Merola, is currently facing a back lash against his re-election attempts inside and outside the party. A governance poll by IlSole24 placed Merola in a very dismal 98th spot among all the country’s First Citizens. His chances in the primaries ahead of the local elections in 2016 are now beginning to […]

BRAGA aims for top job.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Dario Braga seeks top position of Rector at Bologna University in the coming elections. English isn’t spoken a lot in Bologna so how important is this matter to you? That’s true, it’s not spoken enough. I’ve always said that Bologna should become a bilingual city. We must make it easier for visitors and so Bologna […]


Friday, April 24th, 2015

New schism opens up between Cassero, the Church and leftist parties at local government level. Recent events in the LGBT community have opened up old wounds, which the media hype has done little to dampen. The catalyst for this feud seems to involve a published photo showing a degrading scene mocking Christ during an event […]

BIG BROTHER is watching you… park

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

In another swipe at motorcyclists who already face a mission impossible-like job to find a parking space of only 210x105cm in the center, the comune seems to have a new legal policy of photographing motorbikes. This information is then stored on databanks for future use.* Transport Minister Colombo says, “In this way, we can also […]