Regional News • Europe
Italy: Protests against Coronavirus measures

Following new Coronavirus restrictions, protests broke out across Italy on Monday. Clashes involving petrol bombs happened in both Milan and Turin. In Naples, protestors called for the resignation of its governor. Italy has imposed a curfew in many Italian regions and has ordered the closure of eateries, gyms and cinemas after 6pm.

Regional News • Europe
Italy: Berlusconi tests positive for Coronavirus
Berlusconi at the EPP Summit, Brussels, May 2019
Berlusconi at the EPP Summit, Brussels, May 2019 Credit: European People's Party / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi tested positive for Coronavirus. He will self-isolate at home in his Arcore residence near Milan, so his press office. Berlusconi's doctor said he was "asymptomatic".

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan
Credit: ERIC SALARD (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Alitalia on Wednesday resumed international flights from Milan Malpensa airport to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London, as Italy gradually reopens its airports to foreign travellers and scraps restrictions imposed to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Also, during this month, the company will start flying to a dozen domestic destinations from Milan Malpensa.

Italy arrests Siemens, Alstom executives over alleged bribery relating to Milan subway contracts
Siemens headquarters Munich
Siemens headquarters Munich Credit: Siemens

The Italian Finance police arrested 13 people in an investigation about bribery related to Milan subway contracts. Officials of ATM, Milan municipal transport company, and two executives working for Alstom and one for Siemens were detained.

Milan prosecutor Francesco Greco said that Paolo Bellini, manager at ATM, is accused of taking €125,000 related to eight contract tenders worth €150 million.

Regional News • Europe
Iconic San Siro stadium in Milan is a step closer to demolition
San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy photographed while empty.
San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy photographed while empty. Credit: Priscilla Jordão (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

According to Reuters, Italy's heritage authority has raised no objections to tearing down Milan's 1920s-era San Siro arena, removing a major obstacle to AC Milan and Inter Milan plans to replace it with a new 60,000-seater stadium.

Business • Economy
Microsoft announces investment of $1.5 billion in Italy
Art for Microsoft “Ambizione Italia“ plan
Art for Microsoft “Ambizione Italia“ plan Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. today announced a $1.5 billion, five-year investment plan in Italy starting with the launch of its first datacentre region in Ithe country.

The announcement comes a week after Amazon Web Services opened a datacentre region in Milan, while in March, Google'sealed a partnership with Telecom Italia to expand cloud business operations in the country.