9 December 2019


Italy's Tria says EU forecasts are inaccurate, incomplete

KONFRONTASI-Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria on Thursday condemned latest European Commission economic forecasts for Italy, which were worse than Rome’s own data, saying the EU analysis was wrong and limited.

“The European Commission’s forecasts for the Italian deficit are in sharp contrast to those of the Italian government and derive from an inaccurate and incomplete analysis (of the budget),” Tria said in a statement.

Bus crash in northern Italy kills 16 people

KONFRONTASI-A bus carrying Hungarian teenagers crashed and caught fire on a motorway in northern Italy, killing 16 people. 

The bus was returning to Budapest from France, where the students had been on a mountain holiday.

Some 36 injured people were taken to a hospital following the accident near Verona on Friday night.

Italy's Renzi to resign after referendum rout

KONFRONTASI-Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is set to resign on Monday after suffering a crushing defeat in a referendum over constitutional reform, tipping the euro zone's third-largest economy into political turmoil.

His decision to quit after just two-and-a-half years in office deals a blow to the European Union, already reeling from multiple crises and struggling to overcome anti-establishment forces that have battered the Western world this year.

Italy rescues 13,000 refugees off Libya in peak season

KONFRONTASI-Italy's coastguard and vessels from other European nations have pulled 13,000 refugees from barely seaworthy and overcrowded boats off the Libyan coast in the mere space of four days.

Traffickers are taking advantage of the calm summer weather, piling refugees on to flimsy boats when the sea is more placid so that the southern wind can push them into international waters.

However, the flimsy rubber dinghies that are often used become highly unstable in high seas.

At least 11 killed, dozens injured as trains collide in Italy

KONFRONTASI-At least 11 people died and dozens were injured when two passenger trains collided head-on in southern Italy on Tuesday, a spokesman for the fire service said.

The crash happened on a single stretch of track in countryside between the towns of Corato and Andria. Both trains were made up of four carriages.

An aerial image showed carriages smashed and crumpled by the force of the impact, with debris flung out amongst olive trees which flanked both sides of the track.

Apple to pay Italy €318 million euros to settle tax fraud probe

KONFRONTASI - US-based computer tech giant, Apple has agreed to pay Italy 318 million euros (USD 348 million) to settle a tax dispute after the company came under investigation for suspected fraud.

According to Italy’s tax agency on Tuesday, the company's Italian subsidiary and a number of its senior executives have been under investigation for fraud.

Fraud charges were leveled against Apple after it failed to comply with its obligations to declare its earnings in Italy between 2008 and 2013, AFP reported.

Italy rescues thousands of refugees off Libyan coast

KONFRONTASI-Nearly 4,700 refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya, as they tried to reach Europe but one woman was found dead, Italy's coastguard said.

The coastguard said in a statement issued on Saturday that it had coordinated 20 rescue operations involving numerous vessels which picked up 4,343 migrants from rubber boats and barges.

In one of the inflatable boats a woman's body was found, the coastguard said, without specifying the possible cause of death.

Ricotta Gnocchi with Porcini Flavored Rabbit Ragu

Konfrontasi - Ricotta Gnocchi with Porcini Flavored Rabbit Ragu is an Italian culinary heritage that must be tasted.

Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 4 1/2 hrs