Vevo prepares for European launch

Music video website, founded by Sony and Universal, aims to attract fans who currently watch clips on its YouTube channelVevo, the music video website founded by music majors Universal and Sony, is to break into mainland Europe, launching in France, Spain and Italy.The service, which is also backed by EMI Music, is aiming to attract […]
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European commission predicts UK recovery in 2013

Commission forecasts a contraction of 0.3% in the UK economy this year but a 0.9% expansion in 2013, making it the fastest growing of Europe’s big five economiesThe European commission on Wednesday forecast that George Osborne is likely to miss one of his key debt targets unless he takes action in next month’s autumn statement […]
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Italy looks to boost crude oil production by 150% in energy policy shakeup

Controversy over onshore wells in beautiful Basilicata region symbolic of difficult drive for greater energy self-sufficiencyThe view from the terrace behind the town hall in Corleto Perticara is as grand as any in Tuscany, taking in the majestic Sauro river valley and a line of towering hills that shepherd the river out to sea. But […]
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Italian comedian turned politician in row over his ‘medieval sexism’

Beppe Grillo, the anti-politics hero who promised to clean up the system sparks storm over angry outburstAfter a decade in which Italian politics was dominated by showgirls and sleaze, Beppe Grillo’s brand of web-based democracy and anti-corruption campaigning has been taking Italy by storm, and his movement became Sicily’s biggest party in regional elections last […]
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Olive oil prices to soar after Spanish drought devastates crop

Loss of 600,000 tonnes of olives will force huge price rise on British shoppersA fresh oil crisis is brewing. However, this time it won’t be hitting the garage forecourts but the nation’s kitchens.The wholesale price of extra virgin olive oil has jumped 62% in three months after a severe drought in Spain, the world’s largest […]
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The economy: doldrums without the dole | Editorial

The flipside of this diminished productivity is much less unemployment than one would expect with this sort of slumpAnd now for something completely different – a glimmer of good economic news. Not about British output, of course, which – even without being strangled by euro-membership – is falling away at the same rate as Italy’s. […]
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Olympic team co-ordinator

Behind every Olympic competitor is a team of staff dedicated to helping them succeed. For the Italian equestrian team that person is Andrea WhiteDressage is a sport the audience has to watch in silent concentration. Spectators are even warned not to clap and cheer when competitors enter the arena, in case they unsettle the horses.But […]
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Mario Monti and Italy: after the carnival, the meagre diet of Lent | Tobias Jones

Italians might be bewildered by Monti’s greyness, but they’re also strangely proud to have a statesman in charge at lastFor almost nine months now, Italians have been trying to figure out what makes their new prime minister, Mario Monti, tick. With his predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, it was easy. Berlusconi liked a good time, he was […]
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