Expat Italy News

Latest 10 news items tagged Italy

17 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Disenfranchised Brit expats come closer to getting vote

A Welsh MP's private members’ bill aimed at ending the hated 15-year disenfranchisement rule has moved one small step closer to becoming law. The Overseas Electors Bill, brought forward by MP Glyn Davies and supported by famous nonagenarian British expat Harry Shindler, has been passed for a second reading by the British House of Commons. Parliamentarians approved the financing of the bill, but also stated there are serious concerns about the cost of adding some five million voters to Britain’s electoral roll. The 15-year...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expats and citizens in Spain warned over deadly bed bug infection

A distant relative of the common bed bug is on the rise in the USA and Europe and is transmitting a killer disease through its saliva. Known in Spain as the ‘chinches del beso’ (kiss bug), the insect bites its human victims around their mouths or on their facial skin, defecating adjacent to the bite and infecting the bite with a deadly disease formerly confined to South America. Chagas disease, as it’s known, causes severe intestinal and cardiac complications, with most of the bug’s victims not even aware they’ve contracted...
10 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Irish weather cited as main reason for emigration

In spite of this year’s souring, prolonged heatwave, a recent survey reveals the Irish weather is the main reason for emigration and the reluctance to return. Lack of sunshine and the resulting overall dampness has been cited by a new survey as the main reasons expats gave for leaving the country of their birth. This year’s Expat Insider survey revealed well over 50 per cent of Irish expatriates were fed up with living in seemingly never-ending damp, overcast conditions. The survey also showed the majority of those who left have...
4 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Expat wine lovers have a choice of retirement hubs

For would-be retired expats who love their wine, there’s a great choice of destinations. For many expats, their chosen retirement lifestyle has to include affordable wines to accompany the new tastes of their chosen haven. Luckily, there are many wine-growing regions in or close by favourite expatriate retirement hubs, with the best news being wine is far less expensive than in the home country. Choosing a new country in which to live the rest of your life simply because its wines are affordable may sound crazy, but for many it’s...
15 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Anti Brexit campaign group sets legal challenge against 2016 referendum

The pro-EU campaign group UK in EU Challenge has launched a legal fight claiming the Leave campaign breached electoral laws by spending over its limit by almost £700,000. Recently, the UK’s Electoral Commission found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Vote Leave had cheated on the spending limit and attempted to hide its overspend. According to a press release by the group, in any general election and local authority referendum or election the court has the right to declare the vote null and void if cheating on spending is...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats in France banned from signing European Citizens Initiative

A new bid to ensure lifetime retention of European Union citizenship will go live next Monday, but Brits in the EU are excluded from the vote. The new European Citizens Initiative will be introduced on July 23, with the aim of ensuring that when European citizenship with all its rights is granted, it cannot be lost. The initiative's organisers are citing Brexit and its effect on British citizen expatriates in that they will lose European citizenship once Brexit is finalised. The sting in the tail is that Brits living and working in...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats confused by bright orange sea in Brittany

Expats and locals living along the Brittany sea coast were shocked to discover the sea had turned orange overnight. Visitors to Brittany’s unspoilt beaches last weekend were shocked and concerned when they saw the waves close to the shore had turned a bilious shade of orange. After being summoned to examine the unusual phenomenon, officials banned the general public from entering the water at Moelan de Mer, Clohars-Carnoet and Tregunk until they could discover the reason for the strange colouration. Sooner rather than later, the...
5 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Accidental Americans petition Trump for independence from USA

A campaign organised by a group of US ‘citizens by accident’ has petitioned Donald Trump to let them relinquish their accidental ties to the USA. Accidental Americans are those born in the USA, often to expat parents working in or simply visiting the country, who’ve never actually lived there long-term. According to the law, they’re still considered US citizens and are liable to be taxed as are American nationals living and working overseas. It’s estimated that around several million people may fall into the category, which...
28 Jun at 6 PM 2018

UK Labour party betraying disenfranchised expats over private members bill

Campaigners representing UK expats in Europe are accusing the Labour Party of betraying Britons living overseas. Cancellation of the hated 15-year disenfranchisement law disallowing British citizens living abroad for more than 15 years the right to vote was promised yet again in 2017 in a Tory party election manifesto, but no action was taken. Recently, campaigners introduced a private member’s bill sponsored by Tory lawmaker Glyn Davies, with the bill now slowly working its way through various stages in parliament. However, a...
12 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Retired Brit expat arrested for starting forest fires in Spain

A retired British expat has been arrested and accused of starting last summer’s forest fires in Spain’s protected Puerto Mayor area. The unnamed 78-year old is believed to spend the summer months living in the region before returning to the UK for the winter, and was arrested after being discovered close by the origins of the fires holding a five-litre jerry can containing petrol, matches and several cigarette lighters. He is due to appear in court before a judge who will decide whether to release him on bail or hold him in...