Sylvia Poggioli appears in the following:
Monday, December 05, 2016
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi claims he'll resign after this weekend's defeat of his constitutional reform intended to streamline government. Also, Austria elects a leftist president.
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Italy's had more than 60 governments in the past 70 years. A referendum Sunday is designed to make governing less chaotic, but could bring down the country's leader and give Europe another jolt.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
A week from Sunday, Italians will head to the polls to vote on a referendum to overhaul their constitution. In the wake of the UK's Brexit, some are seeing a possible "Ital-exit" brewing.
Friday, November 25, 2016
The measure would streamline the legislative process by decreasing the power of the Senate. It is opposed by a populist movement rising in the polls.
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Italy received almost 160,000 arrivals this year and the nation says it can't manage the flow. Meanwhile, it's creating a DNA database to help ID migrants who've perished on the way.
Friday, November 04, 2016
Italy says it is on track to receive more migrants this year than ever before. The Mediterranean country has for decades been a prime destination for those fleeing hardship in Africa and the Middle East.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Pope Francis is in Sweden to kick off the commemoration of 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. The reformation started in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the church door to denounce what he saw as abuses by the Catholic Church.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Martin Luther created one of Christianity's greatest rifts when he denounced the Catholic Church in 1517. But Pope Francis is taking part in the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Some intellectuals have written a letter to the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization bemoaning the siege of fast-food joints that have replaced Rome's workshops and bookstores.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Kosovo is a small country with an outsized contribution to Middle East extremist groups. In recent years, more of its citizens per capita joined armed groups in Syria than any other European nation.
Monday, October 10, 2016
An exhibit at the Colosseum features life-size reconstructions of ancient works that ISIS damaged or destroyed in Iraq and Syria. "It is a universal heritage," says curator Francesco Rutelli.
Monday, July 04, 2016
Italy's October referendum is on constitutional reforms. Many analysts worry it could boomerang on the prime minister and Italy could be the weak link in the EU family, the next domino to fall.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Italians are notorious for crazy driving. But it's not for lack of rigor in their driving test, drawn from 7,000 possible questions. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli crammed by taking up to 80 mock tests a day.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Pope Francis is in Armenia, a country with ancient roots to Christianity and the Pope seeks to encourage as it's buffeted by its huge neighbors, Turkey and Russia.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Last year, Pope Francis called the Ottoman Empire's slaughter of Armenians "the first genocide of the 20th century," sparking a diplomatic spat with Turkey. He begins a 3-day visit to Armenia Friday.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Rome elected it's first-ever woman mayor and its youngest. 37-year old Virginia Raggi of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement promises to reform a corrupt and antiquated city government.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is seaborne. The Navy's USS Truman has been in the Persian Gulf but now is in the Mediterranean, on its way home to Virginia.
Saturday, June 04, 2016
Pope Francis broke a Catholic Church taboo last month when he said he would create a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons — as they did in early Christianity.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
With the arrest this spring of six Moroccans suspected of planning terror attacks on Italy, the southern European nation believes it has become a target. It is pushing for greater continental cooperation and sharing of intelligence to combat extremists.
Monday, May 30, 2016
In the last week, Italy has rescued more than 10,000 people at sea. The spike appears tied to Africans making the trip from the continent's northern coast, taking advantage of improved weather. But there also are reports smugglers are moving westward from Turkey with the closure of borders in Europe.