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The week of June 24 - 30

The week of June 24 - 30


Economy – This week, economic reporting in the international media concentrates on the life of the late Leonardo Del Vecchio, emphasizing the achievements of this “Italian entrepreneur who transformed a tiny optics workshop into the undisputed world leader in eyewear” (Bloomberg, June 27 - Leonardo Del Vecchio, Billionaire Owner of Ray-Ban, Dies at 87*); Del Vecchio, who was raised in an orphanage “rose to become Italy’s second-richest man (Financial Times, June 27 - Luxottica founder Leonardo Del Vecchio dies aged 87*), thanks to his ability to merge “eyewear with fashion, turning a quotidian necessity into high style” (The New York Times, June 27 - Leonardo Del Vecchio Dies at 87; Transformed Eyeglass Industry*). Other articles describe him simply as “the man who made the world wear glasses” (El País, June 28 - Muere Leonardo Del Vecchio, el hombre que le puso gafas al mundo) and built “an authentic worldwide empire” (Expansión, June 27 - Muere Leonardo del Vecchio, fundador de Luxottica y segunda persona más rica de Italia).

Of course, other reports cover Italian companies: The New York Times takes stock of the electrification of supercars like Ferrari o Lamborghini, which are aiming to “design battery-powered cars that inspire the same devotion as their costly internal combustion models” (June 27 - Icons of Italian Automotive Style Struggle to Go Electric*), while Bloomberg studies Autogrill’s planned merger with the Dufry group (June 27 - Autogrill Confirms Talks With Duty-Free Giant Dufry on Tie-Up*). Meanwhile, Reuters recounts this history of the De Nora chemical group leading up to its stock exchange listing (June 30 - Third time lucky for Italy's De Nora family as shares hit market). Lastly, coverage is devoted to GNV, which with a new vessel is strengthening its Morocco links (L'économiste, June 25 - Marhaba: Un cinquième navire pour GNV)

Culture, show business, design – Science takes centre stage as Le Monde interviews Alessandro Morbidelli, astronomer and research director at CNRS, France’s leading science centre, on his discoveries relating to the origins of the solar system (June 28 - Alessandro Morbidelli, aux origines du Système solaire*).

While El Mundo covers show business with the news of a Madrid city square being named for Raffaella Carrà, to “celebrate the memory of the Italian actress, singer, composer, dancer, choreographer, and presenter, always beloved in Spain” (June 27 - Raffaella Carrà ya tiene su plaza en Madrid*), other news outlets focus on design: Handelsblatt discusses the latest creation by Lorenza Luti, granddaughter of Kartell’s founder, as she launches "Re-chair": a chair made of recycled material (June 25 - Was die Gründer-Enkelin mit der italienischen Designmarke Kartell vorhat), and recommends the latest line of sofas by Cassina, of which the Spanish woman Patricia Urquiola is creative director (June 27 - Antonio Citterio se apunta al estilo "sixties" con su nuevo sofá para Cassina). The Observer pays a visit to the lawyer Dario Longo’s Palermo home, a restored palazzo that presents “modern pieces” alongside “dazzling frescoes and ornate floors” (June 26 - Hidden gems bring a palace in Palermo back to life).  

Sport – Italian successes at the World Swimming Championships have focused the international media’s attention on the national team: golds in the men’s 400 m mixed medley (Xinhua, June 26 - Italy wins men's 4x100m medley relay at FINA worlds), in the 1,500 m freestyle (Xinhua, June 26 - Italy's Paltrinieri wins men's 1500m freestyle at FINA), and in artistic swimming (Xinhua, June 22 - Italy wins 19th FINA World Championships Artistic Swimming Mixed Duet Free) lead El País to talk of an “Italian model” that, in this sport, Spain should be imitating (June 26 - Italia, el modelo de natación que España no sabe imitar*).

Tourism and wine & food – Numerous reports are also dedicated to tourism. Les Echos recommends a trip to discover the “Baroque” Borromean Islands, “delicately set on Lake Maggiore (June 24 - En Italie, à la découverte des très baroques îles Borromées*), while El País, in collaboration with the Lonely Planet guide, “explores the heel of Italy” on a journey to Puglia, “amid history, art, and pasta fresca” (June 27 - Explorando el tacón de la bota de Italia: historia, arte y pasta fresca en Apulia). And while Suddeutsche Zeitung pays a visit to the Garda hinterland between Desenzano and Salò, “an unknown side of the lake wholly to be discovered”  (June 26 - Die unbekannte Seite des Gardasees*),  der Standard offers an itinerary through the “dolce Italia,” on the occasion of the publication of a book of typical recipes (June 25 - Dolce Italia: Zitronensorbet und andere süße Rezepte vom Nachbarn), while also recommending “the classic summer recipe ‘panzanella’” (June 28 -  Panzanella: Brotsalat auf Italienisch). Lastly, El País Semanal provides recommendations for “the best Italian wines to be discovered this summer” (June 28 - Breve guía de los mejores vinos blancos italianos para descubrir este verano*).

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