A person wearing white protective gear and gloves sits in the doorway of an ambulance.

Italy’s coronavirus response was a role model for Europe. What went wrong?


A little over a month ago, Italy was held up as a role model for their coronavirus response in Europe. But this week, Italy surpassed 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections, becoming one of the top 10 worst-affected countries globally.

Rev. Giuseppe Corbari in a small town in Lombardy printed out pictures of his congrgants and placed them on the pews so he'd feel less alone. 

Amid lockdown, churches find creative ways to keep in touch with the masses

A person in protective gear bends over a patient on a bed

‘Social isolation’ is the only way to stop coronavirus, says Italian doctor

A woman is shown wearing a white jacket and a face mask is shown standing in the middle of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II taking a photograph.

Streets deserted as Italy imposes unprecedented coronavirus lockdown

A man and a boy play badminton in front of ruins in a park

As Italy’s students rejoice over school closures, families worry about economic toll

People wave Catalan flags during a demonstration organized by Catalan pro-independence movements following the imprisonment Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, in Barcelona, Oct. 21, 2017.

Catalan party threatens ‘massive’ civil disobedience against Spain

Global Politics

Catalonia’s parliament will hold a plenary session on Thursday to decide its response to the central government’s move to dismiss the region’s government while other independence activists have promised civil disobedience.


Venice prepares for autonomy vote on Sunday

Global Politics

In 2016, the Veneto region that includes Venice sent $18.35 billion more to Rome than it got back in public services – and taxpayers are not happy about it.