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The week of April 7 - 14

The week of April 7 - 14

14/04/2022

Economy – The gas partnership between Italia and Algeria is at the forefront in the economic news. The Spanish dailies explain that, after the crisis with Madrid, Rome is the new “big energy partner” for the North African country, which will sell on the Italian market “triple the amount of gas it supplies to the Spanish” (April 11 in El País - Argelia mira hacia Italia como gran socio energético tras la crisis con España*; El Mundo - Argelia venderá a Italia el triple de gas que a España a partir de 2023 y lo convierte en su gran socio europeo*). Increased Algerian exports are also covered by the Chinese agency Xinhua (April 12 - Algeria to increase gas exports to Italy), while Reuters outlines the details of the agreements between Eni and its Algerian counterpart Sonatrac, together for the “speeding of natural gas projects” in the country (April 11 - Algeria's Sonatrach says it signs gas deal with Italy's Eni).

Banco BPM is making the financial news with its “new insurance strategy” of buying Covea’s stake and bringing insurance in-house (Reuters, April 12 - Italy's Banco BPM makes first move in new insurance strategy), while Crédit Agricole invests in the bank, purchasing a 9.2% stake as it makes its “Italian push” (Bloomberg, April 7 - Credit Agricole Buys 9.2% Banco BPM Stake in Italian Push; Les Echos, April 10 - Banco BPM, Crédit Agricole : cucina milanese*).

Culture, tourism, and wine & food – In culture, Xinhua covers the Far East Film Festival in Rome, which opened with an Italian-Chinese remake of Roman Holiday (April 13 - Italy's Far East Film Festival to kick off with Italian-Chinese romantic comedy), while The Guardian and El Mundo recall the life of the late anti-Mafia photographer Letizia Battaglia (April 14 - Letizia Battaglia, photojournalist who documented mafia crimes, dies aged 87; April 13 - Muere la fotógrafa italiana Letizia Battaglia, que "disparó" a la Mafia)

L'Orient le Jour reports on the reopening to the public, after enormous restoration work, of Palazzo delle Procuratie Vecchie in Venice (April 9 - À Venise, le palais des Vieilles Procuraties retrouve sa splendeur); in the meantime, Frankkfurter Allgemeine Zeitung travels to Ischia, the retreat of choice for German retirees (April 14 - La deutsche Vita).

In wine & food, Der Standard tells the story of pinsa, a dish out of the age-old Roman tradition that has become “a success” in Vienna (April 13 - Pinsa: die bessere Pizza). Lastly, The New York Times covers Centerbe, produced by a Brooklyn company that will re-elaborate the traditional Abruzzese liqueur for the American public (April 11 - Embrace the Bittersweet With Centerbe, From Faccia Brutto*).

Style – In Italian style, Financial Times dedicates an article in its How to spend it supplement to the new electric Vespa, a scooter that strikes a balance between the charm of its history and its new, ecological engineering (April 11 - Vespa revamped*), while El País covers Italy’s participation at Casa Decor 2022, the Madrid event dedicated to interior design (April 11 - El brutalismo italiano revive en Casa Decor 2022*).

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