August 15 is “Ferragosto” and Italy is closed. It is the Catholic “Feast of the Assumption”, but most people know it is the pivotal summer holiday around which long vacations are centered.
There is little news and most of Rome’s “edicola” newsstands are closed. Television pundits are hashing over rumors that Berlusconi wants to sell his famed summer bunga-bunga pad (the Villa Certosa in Sardinia) and discussing labor union plans for a general strike over the government’s austerity measures.
Italy will start grinding back to life tomorrow and we will begin our review of the headlines then. In the meantime check out Newsweek/The Daily Beast/Paris/France.
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